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Will Grier | Quarterback

Team: West Virginia Mountaineers
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 223

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West Virginia senior QB Will Grier will skip the Camping World Bowl against Syracuse on Dec. 28 to being preparations for the NFL draft.
Grier's 2018 season ends with 3,864 passing yards and a 37/8 TD/INT rate on 67.0% completions and 9.7 ypa over 11 games. He posted a divine 81/23 TD/INT rate over his career. He won't be in New York this evening for the Heisman ceremony, but Grier was a finalist for the Maxwell, Manning, Walter Camp and Johnny Unitas Golden Arm awards. ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks Grier as the No. 5 quarterback in the 2019 class. Grier is listed at 6'2/214, but there's a decent chance that he measures in a tick shorter than that. Frame is one question mark, arm strength is another. But Grier is a former ballyhooed prep recruit made good as a prolific collegiate rhythm thrower. We'll next see him in Mobile at the Senior Bowl. With Grier out against the Orange, West Virginia will likely turn to untested sophomore transfer Jack Allison. If nothing else, the Mountaineers will find out if it's necessary to enter the grad transfer market this winter. Dec 8 - 1:14 PM

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West Virginia senior QB Will Grier accepted an invitation to play in the Reese's Senior Bowl.

What a loaded field this is already. Grier was outstanding statistically for the Mountaineers over the last two years, and he looked good doing it; ranking in most analysts' lists among the top draft-eligible signal callers. There are some who have concerns about the overall upside/the system he played in, but he'll have a great chance in January to show those doubters what he's capable of. We're excited to see what he does over the week of practices and game.
Dec 5 - 6:45 PM

According to Pro Football Focus' grades, West Virginia senior QB Will Grier was the best quarterback when blitzed in 2018.

On 124 pass attempts when blitzed, Grier completed 68.5% of his passes while averaging 10.5 yards per attempt. That's excellent, but Grier also didn't throw a single interception and had 22 touchdowns with pressure coming -- both being the best marks in the country. That means 59% of his touchdown passes came against the blitz, and he had a higher YPA when blitzed -- Grier averaged 9.3 yards per attempt in non-blitz situations. With West Virginia sitting at 8-3, Grier will have a bowl game, assuming he plays, before heading to the 2019 NFL Draft.
Dec 2 - 10:29 AM

West Virginia senior QB Will Grier completed 32-of-49 passes for 539 yards and four touchdowns while rushing for a touchdown in Friday's 59-56 loss to Oklahoma.

In a game which saw the two teams combine for 1,372 yards, Grier and the Mountaineers ended up with the short stick. Not for lack of trying, though. The senior quarterback put on a fireworks show while throwing for a career-best yardage total. However, Oklahoma managed a few defensive stops down the stretch, most notably when Curtis Bolton forced a Grier fumble in the fourth quarter and then picked it up and returned it for a touchdown. That score pushed the Sooners out to a 10-point lead. Setting aside the end result of this statistically brilliant -- but ultimately painful -- contest, Grier has now thrown for 3,864 yards with a 37/8 TD/INT ratio.
Nov 24 - 12:09 AM

West Virginia senior QB Will Grier completed 27-of-48 passes for 364 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for an additional score in Saturday's 45-41 loss to Oklahoma State.

Grier did finish with a strong statistical output in this one -- no surprise there -- but he came up just short of leading what would have been a thrilling game-winning drive at the end of the game. On the drive in question, Grier made several beautiful throws to get the Mountaineers in position for a potential score, but was unable to connect with a target in the end zone on the last play of the game (WVU had the ball down to about the 25-yard line for that last heave). West Virginia was a long-shot for the Playoff coming into the weekend. They've got no shot, now. It's fair to wonder just how much oomph they will have against Oklahoma next weekend with their dreams of postseason glory scuttled.
Nov 17 - 8:16 PM

The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award released its list of the five finalists for the honor on Thursday.

Will Grier (West Virginia), Gardner Minshew (Washington State), Shea Patterson (Michigan), Drew Lock (Missouri) and McKenzie Milton (UCF) are the five finalists in question, here. Unlike the bulk of awards bestowed after the season, the Golden Arm's criteria limits candidates to seniors and fourth-year juniors on track to graduate with their class. Hence why no Tua Tagovailoa et al.
Nov 15 - 6:36 PM

West Virginia senior QB Will Grier completed 25-of-39 passes for 343 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in Saturday's 47-10 win over TCU.

Grier and the Mountaineers were shut out in the first quarter -- first time all season that has happened -- but they wouldn't be shut out for long. WVU would score 24 points in the next stanza and would not look back from that point on. The senior signal-caller finished up tossing touchdown passes in each of the final three quarters. With that trio of touchdown passes, Grier pushed his season-long tally up to 31 scoring tosses. We cannot wait to see WVU take on Oklahoma State and (especially) Oklahoma over the next two weekends.
Nov 10 - 5:02 PM

West Virginia senior QB Will Grier is one of 10 finalists for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award.

We are expecting Tua Tagovailoa to dominate awards season upcoming, but he is not eligible for the Golden Arm. Only seniors and fourth-year juniors are eligible for bestowment, here. Along with Grier, McKenzie Milton, Ryan Finley, Eric Dungey, Gardner Minshew, Trace McSorley, Shea Patterson, Justin Herbert, Drew Lock and Brett Rypien all make the final cut. The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award will be handed out on Dec. 7.
Nov 8 - 6:19 PM

West Virginia senior QB Will Grier completed 28-of-42 passes for 346 yards and three touchdowns in Saturday's 42-41 win over Texas.

Grier (6'2/223) and the Mountaineers kept pace in the wild shootout affair -- the teams combined for 1,098 yards of total offense -- but it looked like their fine efforts might fall just short after Texas scored a touchdown to go up 41-34 with just 2:34 remaining in the fourth quarter. The senior gunslinger then proceeded to lead WVU to glory on the team's subsequent drive, hitting Gary Jennings on a beautiful, perfectly thrown 33-yard touchdown down the middle of the end zone to pull to within one. Rather than try for the game-tying extra point, they instead went for the go-ahead two-point conversation -- and notched it. Just a thrilling game. One thing to note moving forward, Grier was dealing with a leg injury during the contest. We will monitor that during the upcoming practice week. The Mountaineers will look to lay a crooked number on a listless TCU squad next weekend.
Nov 3 - 8:29 PM

West Virginia senior QB Will Grier (leg) returned to Saturday's game at Texas after leaving for one play after suffering an apparent left leg injury.

Grier left the game for one play after being pulled down from behind on the penultimate play of the first quarter, with Jack Allison leading the WVU offense for one play. On the Mountaineers' second play of the second quarter Grier connected with David Sills V for his second touchdown of the game.
Nov 3 - 4:48 PM

West Virginia senior QB Will Grier (leg) walked off under his own power during the first quarter of Saturday's game at Texas with an apparent left leg injury.

Grier was pulled down from behind by a Texas defender after releasing a pass on what would be called a personal foul by the referee (horsecollar tackle). After being checked out on the field the senior quarterback walked to the West Virginia sideline under his own power. Redshirt sophomore Jack Allison replaced Grier in the lineup on West Virginia's final play of the first quarter.
Nov 3 - 4:46 PM

West Virginia senior QB Will Grier completed 17-of-27 passes for 353 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for a short score in Thursday's 58-14 win over Baylor.

When last we saw Grier and the Mountaineers prior to their bye week, they were being embarrassed by Iowa State in a game that WVU HC Dana Holgorsen called the worst offensive performance that he'd ever seen. They let out their frustration and then some on Thursday, most notably in a 31-point second quarter in which Grier accounted for three of his four total touchdowns. As much as his 100-yard (!) performance against the Cyclones essentially knocked him out of what was a longshot Heisman campaign to begin with, Grier remains one of the most statistically-prolific quarterbacks on the college landscape. For the year, he's thrown for 2,272 yards with a 25/7 TD/INT ratio. He'll look to carve up Texas when he next takes the field, on Nov. 3.
Oct 25 - 10:58 PM

West Virginia Senior QB Will Grier has been named a finalist for the Johnny Unitas Award.

Grier is coming off the worst game of his time at West Virginia; throwing for just 100 yards with an interception in a loss to Iowa State. Outside of that contest, the senior signal-caller has been outstanding. The Unitas Award goes to the top senior or fourth-year junior quarterback in the country in the awards' eyes on-and-off the field. Other nominees include Washington's Jake Browning, Penn State's Trace McSorley and Missouri's Drew Lock. The full list of nominees can be found in the link below.
Oct 24 - 3:21 PM

West Virginia senior QB Will Grier completed 11-of-15 passes for 100 yards, a touchdown and an interception in Saturday's 30-14 loss to Iowa State.

Grier may well have fallen out of legitimate Heisman contention in this one game alone, as not only did he play poorly, WVU lost outright after entering the weekend ranked No. 6 in the AP poll. It would likely take a big surge down the stretch -- plus slowdowns from Tua Tagovailoa and Dwayne Haskins -- for the Heisman to come back into play, here. Prior to Saturday's statistical freeze, Grier had thrown for at least 320 yards and three touchdowns in every game this season. He'll have a few extra days to get past this one before West Virginia takes on Baylor on Oct. 25.
Oct 13 - 10:39 PM

October 7th's AP Rankings: 1) Alabama, 2) Georgia, 3) Ohio State, 4) Clemson, 5) Notre Dame, 6) West Virginia, 7) Washington, 8) Penn State, 9) Texas, and 10) UCF.

After beating Oklahoma on the road, Texas climbed from No. 19 all the way into the top 10. Penn State returns into the top 10 after being No. 11 last week, and UCF makes its first appearance into the top 10 this season after being No. 12 a week ago. Oklahoma (No. 11), LSU (No. 13), Kentucky (No. 18), and Auburn (No. 21) all slid after losing on Saturday. Texas A&M (No. 22), USF (No. 23), Mississippi State (No. 24), and Cincinnati (No. 25) are top 25 teams who weren't last week.
Source: AP News
Oct 7 - 2:07 PM