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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
Nov 20 - 2:22 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
Nov 18 - 10:13 PM

West Virginia redshirt sophomore QB Chris Chugunov completed 14-of-26 passes for 189 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 28-14 loss to Texas.

Chugunov was forced into the game after Will Grier suffered a gruesome finger injury in the first quarter. The 6-foot-1, 203-pounder did a nice job in places with his short-to-intermediate passes, but was unable to put together enough of an offensive push to threaten for the win when all was said and done. Whether Chugunov starts against Oklahoma in the regular-season finale next weekend will depend on Grier's progress during the practice week.
Nov 18 - 4:46 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
Nov 18 - 1:54 PM

West Virginia redshirt sophomore QB Chris Chugunov replaced Will Grier (finger) in Saturday's game against Texas.

Grier exited in the first quarter with an ugly finger injury. Chugunov entered the day having thrown for 81 yards and a touchdown on 16 attempts in garbage time of blowouts in September. He's a small pocket-passer with a compact release and solid accuracy.
Nov 18 - 12:55 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.
Nov 18 - 12:41 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.
Nov 16 - 10:08 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.
Nov 13 - 9:34 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.
Nov 13 - 11:29 AM

West Virginia junior WR David Sills hauled in four passes for 63 yards with two touchdowns in a 28-23 victory over Kansas State on Saturday.

Sills (6'4/203) now has 18 touchdown receptions on the year; an amazing number even if you don't consider that the junior had a total of seven catches the previous year. Both of his scores in this one came in the first half; a 16-yard score in the top of the second quarter from Will Grier, and a four-yarder from Grier about seven minutes in game time later. Sills will look to get to the magical twenty touchdown mark next week against Texas.
Nov 11 - 8:30 PM

West Virginia junior WR Gary Jennings caught 13 passes for 115 yards in the Mountaineers 28-23 victory over Kansas State on Saturday.

Jennings once again didn't get into the end zone -- he has just one score on the year -- but he once again was a focal point for quarterback Will Grier. It's the third time this year that the junior wideout has had double-digit catches in the pass-happy West Virginia offense. Jennings will hope to find the end zone will keeping up the high amount of targets next week against the Longhorns of Texas.
Nov 11 - 7:27 PM

West Virginia redshirt senior WR Ka'Raun White caught eight passes for 168 yards with two touchdowns in a 28-23 victory over Kansas State on Saturday.

Another huge game for White (6'1/200), who very quietly has put up some of the best numbers of any wideout in the conference. Quarterback Will Grier found him for a 75-yard strike in the second quarter, and found him again from 30 for his second score on the last play of the third quarter. White will look to keep this spectacular run going next week against Texas.
Nov 11 - 7:23 PM

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.
Nov 11 - 7:18 PM

West Virginia redshirt senior WR Ka'Raun White caught four passes for 167 yards with a touchdown in a 20-16 victory over Iowa State on Saturday.

White (6'1/200) doesn't get the same attention as David Sills does, but he's now gone over 100 yards in three of the five last games, and he's scored touchdowns in his last five contests. His trip to the end zone was a big one on Saturday; a 55-yarder from Will Grier that opened up the Mountaineers lead to 17-0. He'll look to extend that scoring streak next week against Kansas State.
Nov 4 - 7:19 PM

West Virginia senior RB Justin Crawford ran for 102 yards for 25 carries in a 20-16 upset win over Iowa State on Saturday.

It's the first time that Crawford has gone over 100 yards since the loss to TCU on October 7. When the Mountaineers offense is able to run the ball like they were against a tough Iowa State defense like this, they're one of the most difficult offenses in the league to stop. Crawford didn't have many long runs, but he consistently kept the chains moving for West Virginia. He will try and make it two weeks in a row over the century mark next week against Kansas State.
Nov 4 - 7:15 PM


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