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Will Grier | Quarterback

Team: West Virginia Mountaineers
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 200

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ESPN's Jake Trotter reports that West Virginia redshirt senior QB Will Grier (finger) has been medically cleared to begin throwing.
Grier underwent surgery to repair a broken middle metacarpal in his right (throwing) hand in November and subsequently missed the regular-season finale, plus WVU's bowl loss to Utah. His recovery is worth monitoring over the coming weeks -- just how available he'll be for the start of spring practice is an open question -- but that he has already been cleared for throwing work is an encouraging sign. Barring setback, he will almost certainly be fully recovered from the broken finger when West Virginia takes on Tennessee to kick off the 2018 season come Sep. 1. Grier threw for 3,490 yards with a 34/12 TD/INT ratio during his injury-curtailed 2017 campaign. Jan 23 - 1:22 PM

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West Virginia redshirt junior QB Will Grier (finger) will not play in the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl on Dec. 26 against Utah.

At a Wednesday news conference announcing the news, WVU HC Dana Holgorsen told reporters that convincing Grier to return for the 2018 season was "the most important part" of his early signing day. He's not kidding. The Mountaineers' offense crumbled after Grier broke the middle finger of his throwing hand in grotesque fashion against Texas last month. QB2 Chris Chuganov has really struggled, and it's difficult to envision him elevating his game against Utah's strong defense. Luckily for West Virginia, Grier will be back to run the offense in 2018. He went 250-of-388 for 3,490 yards and a 34/12 TD/INT rate this season.
Wed, Dec 20, 2017 02:35:00 PM

West Virginia redshirt junior QB Will Grier announced that he'll return for his senior season in 2018.

This is the right decision, as Grier would have likely been a Day 3 afterthought had he declared. Grier (6'2/215) could improve his draft stock with a big senior season. And while he won't magically be bigger this time next year, he could cut down on some mistakes and dispel lingering decision-making concerns. He was outstanding in his first year as the Mountaineers quarterback, going 250-of-388 for 3,490 yards and a 34/12 TD/INT rate. For that, he was named the 2017 Big 12 Newcomer of the Year. Unfortunately, we likely won't see him again this year. Grier broke the middle finger of his throwing hand in gruesome fashion against Texas almost a month ago. He's unlikely to be active for the Mountaineers’ bowl game.
Thu, Dec 14, 2017 06:57:00 PM

West Virginia HC Dana Holgorsen told reporters that redshirt junior QB Will Grier's (hand) status is "not good."

We'd assume that means he's likely out for the bowl game. Per Holgo, Grier's broken hand will be checked out by a doctor next week. Grier's availability for the bowl game will clarify at that time.
Mon, Dec 4, 2017 02:40:00 PM

SI's Bruce Feldman reports that West Virginia redshirt junior QB Will Grier (finger) is questionable for the Mountaineers’ bowl game.

Grier broke the middle finger of his throwing hand while diving for the end zone against Texas on Saturday. He underwent surgery on Sunday and will miss the Oklahoma game this weekend. Per Feldman, Grier is expected to be sidelined for around a month. As of today, SI predicts that the Mountaineers will play in the Camping World Bowl on Thursday, Dec. 28. That would be roughly five-and-a-half weeks after surgery. Other outlets have reported that Grier's recovery timeline is 4-6 weeks. This could go either way.
Source: SI
Mon, Nov 20, 2017 02:22:00 PM

West Virginia redshirt junior QB Will Grier (finger) will miss several weeks after undergoing surgery.

Grier broke his middle finger while trying to score for a touchdown against the Longhorns on Saturday. If the injury truly will keep him out several weeks, he's out for next week's season finale against Oklahoma, and unless the Mountaineers make a bowl game that's played in late December, he's probably out for the rest of the year. In his place, Chris Chugunov will likely start at quarterback for the Mountaineers.
Source: ESPN
Sat, Nov 18, 2017 10:13:00 PM

West Virginia redshirt junior QB Will Grier (finger) won't return to Saturday's game against Texas.

Grier suffered a grotesque finger injury while diving for the pylon (and fumbling) in the first quarter. He suffered a dislocation of a finger on his throwing hand. Chris Chugunov came on in his place and will close out the game. West Virginia is praying that Grier will be available for next week's finale against Oklahoma.
Source: SB Nation
Sat, Nov 18, 2017 01:54:00 PM

West Virginia redshirt junior QB Will Grier (finger) left for the locker room in the first quarter of Saturday's game against Texas.

Grier was scrambling left and attempting to stretch into the end zone when he fumbled the ball into the end zone. On the landing, his finger got caught in the turf and bent in an ugly fashion. Grier left for the locker room. We'd consider him doubtful to return. To add insult to injury, Grier's fumble was ruled a touchback. West Virginia's touchdown was wiped off the board, and Texas was given the ball at the 20.
Sat, Nov 18, 2017 12:41:00 PM

West Virginia junior QB Will Grier is on pace to have the highest passing yardage come from deep passes, and the highest percentage of his yardage coming from deep passes in the Pro Football Focus era.

The current records are held by former Bowling Green quarterback Matt Johnson, who had 1,577 passing yards in 2015 come from deep passes, which was 24.9 percent of his season total. Grier currently holds the same percentage, and has thrown for 1,472 yards on deep passes in 2017. It helps that he has playmakers like David Sills to come down with the ball, but it does illustrate that Grier can make plays downfield with his arm and give his wideouts a chance to come down with the ball. Grier and West Virginia take on Texas next week.
Thu, Nov 16, 2017 10:08:00 PM

Texas HC Tom Herman called West Virginia junior QB Will Grier the best quarterback in the conference.

This is saying something, considering the Big-12 has the Heisman favorite in Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield. "He’s along the lines of Mayfield and [TCU quarterback Kenny] Hill in terms of he’s really, really accurate throwing the football. He’s a tremendous passer. But he can make you pay with his feet too. He’s as good as we’ve played, and we’ve played some really, really good ones, Herman said." The Longhorns will take on Grier and the Mountaineers on Saturday.
Mon, Nov 13, 2017 09:34:00 PM

West Virginia junior QB Will Grier likely will return to school for the 2018 season, according to Eric Galko.

Galko cites scouting and league sources. Will Grier's collegiate career has been full of twists and turns. He started as a freshman for the Gators before being suspended due to performance-enhancing substances. That landed him at West Virginia, where he was forced to sit out for a season, and now he has a 34-12 touchdown to interception ratio with plenty of game action to go.
Mon, Nov 13, 2017 11:29:00 AM

West Virginia junior QB Will Grier completed 27-of-46 passes for 372 yards and four touchdowns with two interceptions in a 28-23 victory over Kansas State on Saturday.

Grier did throw two picks in the first half, but outside of that, the first 30 minutes couldn't have gone much better. All four touchdowns -- two to David Sills and two to Credit to the KSU defense for stepping up in the second, but it's also fair to say the 6-foot-2, 215-pound signal-caller didn't play nearly as well over the final 30. Even if it was based on just 50 percent of the football game, however, it's another big statline for one of the best quarterbacks in the country. The Mountaineers get Texas next week.
Sat, Nov 11, 2017 07:18:00 PM

West Virginia junior QB Will Grier completed 20-of-25 passes for 315 yards with two touchdowns and an interception in a 20-16 victory over Iowa State on Saturday.

Grier (6'2/215) had easily his worst game against Oklahoma State last week, and while he didn't have his best game on Saturday against the Cyclones, it was an excellent rebound. He was accurate and on-time with his throws, particularly with wideout Ka'Raun White. This is the version of Grier scouts will want to see for the rest of the year, assuming he enters to the 2018 NFL Draft. The Mountaineers take on Kansas State next week.
Sat, Nov 4, 2017 07:11:00 PM

NFL Draft Scout's Dane Brugler believes that West Virginia junior QB Will Grier hurt his draft stock after struggling in the loss to Oklahoma State last week.

This comes a week after Pro Football Focus raved about Grier, but the junior quarterback really struggled with accuracy and decision-making against the Cowboys. "He frequently makes throws with poor base and body technique, leading to erratic placement and mistakes down the field," Brugler said. "Grier isn't afraid to give his receiver a chance, tossing 50/50 balls down the field, but too many of his pass attempts are prayers with high-risk potential." Grier will have a chance to rebound this Saturday against Iowa State.
Mon, Oct 30, 2017 09:55:00 PM

West Virginia redshirt junior QB Will Grier went 20-of-42 for 285 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions in Saturday's 50-39 loss to Oklahoma State.

Grier (6'2/215) entered today No. 1 in the FBS with 26 touchdown passes. He left it with his streak of seven straight 300-yard passing games snapped, having thrown only one less interception on the afternoon than he'd thrown all season coming in (5). West Virginia will look to pick up the pieces at home next Saturday versus No. 25 Iowa State.
Sat, Oct 28, 2017 04:36:00 PM