Clips From Practice as West Virginia Opens Fall Camp
By Matt Keller
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – No West Virginia player has received more preseason praise and adulation than Will Grier.
And now, more than 22 months removed from taking his last live game snap, the quarterback was back on the field preparing for his first real game since he started 6-0 during a stellar freshman season at Florida. Frankly, the Mountaineers have more pressing positional battles, seeing as how Grier’s security as a starter is akin to Ft. Knox. But no player will garner as much attention, at least early, and thus the former prep All-American had most of the eyes on him as he took snaps in WVU’s opening session of fall camp on Sunday.
Grier, below, worked a series of quick throws to the sideline, showcasing his ability to get the ball out quickly. New coordinator Jake Spavital has said Grier’s arm strength will allow the Mountaineers to attack every portion of the field, stretching defenses both vertically and horizontally. Check out the fluidity of motion and the accuracy in this drill segment.
The practice continued with another basic set of throws, this from all the quarterbacks to a series of receivers. Newcomers David Isreal and Jack Allison worked in with Grier, Chris Chugnov and others as the Mountaineers begin to hone timing in the non-contact portion of fall camp.
Grier is expected to work behind among the better lines in the Big 12, led by left guard Kyle Bosch and the return of tackle Yodny Cajuste after a season-ending ACL tear in the opener last year. In our final clip, below, line coach Joe Wickline oversees hand placement and the ability to get the hands into an opposing linemen’s chest as quickly as possible. Listen as Wickline offers instruction and critiques the execution, while emphasizing the need for explosion off the ball.