WVU QB Grier To Bypass Bowl

WVU QB Grier To Bypass Bowl


MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Will Grier has played his final Mountaineer football game.

The West Virginia senior quarterback announced Saturday that he will not participate in the 2018 Camping World Bowl and instead will focus on his preparation for the 2019 NFL Draft.

West Virginia quarterback Will Grier on his final Mountaineer Mantrip

Grier released a statement to accompany the announcement that he was skipping the bowl game.

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Dear Mountaineer Family:

“Since arriving in Morgantown, Jeanne and I have been welcomed into the Mountaineer Family and we, along with Eloise, have been so blessed by the support and love of so many. I hope that, in return, you know that I have given my all and worked hard each and every day to help our football program and University. 

“While we did not win every time we took the field, and I shoulder that responsibility, I can assure you that we tried. After discussions with Jeanne and my family, and after receiving professional input, I have decided not to participate in our upcoming bowl game and focus on preparing myself and my family for what I hope is the next step in our journey. I want to thank Coach Holgorsen, Coach Spavital and all of our coaches for believing in me and, most importantly, to my teammates, who are now lifelong friends who taught me the true meaning of TEAM. 

“It has been an honor to wear the WVU uniform, and I sincerely thank all of Mountaineer Nation for allowing my family and I to be a part of something so special. Country roads, take me home…”

Will Grier

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In 2018, Grier earned a season-long spot as a Heisman Trophy contender and finished as a finalist for the Maxwell Award, the Manning Award, Walter Camp Football Foundation Player of the Year Award, the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award and the Senior CLASS Award.

“Will and I spoke at length about the bowl game, and I am fully supportive of his decision to begin preparing for the NFL Draft,” WVU coach Dana Holgorsen said. “While we will miss him in Orlando, Will’s commitment and service to WVU Football over the last three years will be talked about for many years to come.  He led us with class, hard work and a willingness to learn, and set a high standard for his teammates. He will always be part of our family, and we wish him, Jeanne and Eloise all the best in pursuit of their dreams.”

As a senior, Grier led the Mountaineers to an 8-3 (6-3 Big 12) record and a national top-15 ranking in both polls for the entire season, including four weeks in the top 10. As a junior, he led the Mountaineers to seven wins and a spot in the national rankings.

He passed for 3,864 yards and 37 touchdowns and also had three scores on the ground in 2018. He had a career night against CFP semifinalist Oklahoma with 32 completions for a career-high 539 yards and accounted for five scores. His defining moment came in a 42-41 win at No. 15 Texas. He orchestrated a game-winning, 75-yard touchdown drive, capped by a 33-yard touchdown pass with 16 seconds left before running in the two-point conversion.

He ranks in the top 10 nationally in 11 statistical categories, including eight in the top five: No. 2 nationally in touchdowns passes per game (3.4), No. 3 in passing touchdowns (37) and passing yards per game (351.3), No. 4 in yards per pass attempt and points responsible for per game (22.0), No. 5 in pass efficiency (175.5), points responsible for (242) and total passing yards (3,864), No. 6 in total offense (343.1), No. 7 in completions per game (24.2), No. 9 in passing yards per completion (14.5) and No. 15 in completion percentage (.670).

He connected with David Sills V for 33 touchdowns over the past two years, most in FBS. His 37 touchdown passes rank No. 2 on WVU’s single-season list, his 3,864 yards ranks No. 3 on the single-season passing yards list and his 266 completions rank No. 4 on the single-season completion list. He also finished No. 2 on the senior passing yards and total offense chart.

Grier finished his WVU career completing 516-of-785 passes for 7,354 yards and 71 touchdowns through the air and accounted for 76 total touchdowns. He threw for 300 or more yards in a school-record 19 games at WVU and had multiple touchdown games 20 times. He also has thrown a career-best five touchdowns five times.

Grier is the career NCAA active leader in passing yards per game (305.6). He ranks No. 3 in NCAA active career total offense per game (310.9) and No. 5 in NCAA active career pass efficiency (165.1).

In the WVU career charts, he is No. 1 in pass efficiency (169.19), No. 2 in touchdown passes (71) and completion percentage (.657), No. 3 in passing yards (7,354), tied for No. in touchdowns responsible for (76), No. 4 for pass completions (516) and No. 6 in total offense (7,386).

Grier graduated from WVU in Dec. 2017, with a bachelor’s degree in multidisciplinary studies.

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Grier is the second Mountaineer senior to announce that he will not be participating in the Camping World Bowl. WVU offensive tackle Yodny Cajuste sent out a tweet on Friday that he too would not be playing against Syracuse on Dec. 28. Cajuste is regarded as a first or second round NFL pick.

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  • #76672

    Grier Skippint Bowl To Focus On NFL Draft Preparation MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Will Grier has played his final Mountaineer football game. The Mountaineer q
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    #76681

    Thank you Will for choosing WVU and displaying your talent in Morgantown. I’m also very pleased with this decision, it’s time to get Jack Allison a full game against a quality opponent. Good luck in the NFL!

    #76683

    #76701

    While disappointed I guess it’s todays players, I do think elite players skipping bowls will be the eventual death of bowls. They won’t shell out the big money to watch 2nd stringers play. And if $$ does talk I could see the NCAA looking into this to save their pocketbooks by poor TV ratings. I’ll bet the network is fuming at these because their ad revenue will plummet because no one wants to watch a Greirless WVU team. I must admit because of the lower tier bowl and the fact that we don’t have 2 of our best players, I’m tempted to not watch as that fiasco bowl game in Dalla still resonates in my head.
    Just watching the Army Navy game makes me proud of “these” young men who sacrifice much much more than today’s spoiled athletes

    #76745

    Never leave your wingman?

    #76746

    While disappointed I guess it’s todays players, I do think elite players skipping bowls will be the eventual death of bowls. They won’t shell out the big money to watch 2nd stringers play. And if $$ does talk I could see the NCAA looking into this to save their pocketbooks by poor TV ratings. I’ll bet the network is fuming at these because their ad revenue will plummet because no one wants to watch a Greirless WVU team. I must admit because of the lower tier bowl and the fact that we don’t have 2 of our best players, I’m tempted to not watch as that fiasco bowl game in Dalla still resonates in my head.
    Just watching the Army Navy game makes me proud of “these” young men who sacrifice much much more than today’s spoiled athletes

    Agreed, particularly about the Army-Navy game. It exemplifies what college football ought to be about. Will Grier? Not so much. (It’s sad that Will can’t perceive the irony when he says that his teammates taught him what team means. Funny, but in a very sad way).

    #76748

    My wife just asked me why Grier wasn’t playing in the bowl. I explained that he was prolly prepping for the NFL draft and didn’t want to take a chance on getting hurt. She asked if he was going to repay his schollie money for skipping the game and doesn’t think she’ll be that interested in watching the game without the star QB. She gets it.

    #76750

    His decision was wise. I don’t blame him and I appreciate the entertainment he provided over the last couple years. But it is still disappointing. And I wonder why he can’t take the risk of one more game with his team mates but can take the risk of playing in an all star game. He and Cajuste. Does the Senior Bowl provide insurance? Or is it more about “preparing for his pro career”?
    I know this. The bowls are broken and can’t be fixed. Maybe eligibility for a player should end at the regular season unless a team qualifies for the playoff. Then the non playoff bowls could be full out exhibitions for only players who have another year of eligibility. Or mayb they need to just go away. I’d miss the bowls between really good teams. But not most of them.

    #76751

    What is sad is that grown men and women fail to understand that this is simply an intelligent business decision.

    Professional football players have a rather short window to cash in on their abilities. It is increasingly rare for players to have long, productive careers.

    An injury in practice or the bowl game could potentially cost the player millions of dollars or even an entire career. One misstep or freak play and any player could be left contemplating a completely different direction for the rest of their life and that of their family.

    I have no issue with players that are graded as 1st rounders skipping the bowl game. It is really a wise decision.

    Good luck to Grier, Cajuste and any of our other NFL bound seniors on their preparation, draft and future careers.

    Shame on any of you speaking ill of them. You are acting like small, uneducated children.

    #76753

    Your issue about not wanting to get hurt would be a good one if they were really pulling out because of that possibility. Yes, they could get hurt in practice or a freak play. If that were truly the issue they would skip the SR Bowl ……. but they aren’t. If that were the case, they would skip the last few games of the season because they already had their draft status wrapped up …… but they don’t.

    This is a phenomenon that has popped up in the last number of years. Kids never used to “opt out” of bowl games because they wanted to “prep” for the draft. This hardly ever happened years ago. Guys WANTED to play in bowl games so they could show the NFL what they could do. It was an extra showcase for them. They wanted to play for their university and help to bring home a bowl trophy for the university, program and fans.

    The times have changed. There is less loyalty to the people that helped you thru college, paid your tuition, room, books, trained you, developed your skills. Now it’s all about me. You think it’s small minded and uneducated to think that there should be some loyalty? Please spare me of your trivial insults.

    #76754

    Take it as you wish. The comments appearing in various sites are childish and indicative of folks who tend not to see the bigger picture.

    Senior Bowl argument is fair enough but at the end of the day that is akin to a combine with a controlled scrimmage at the end. Injury could certainly occur but far less likely (nature of the game and number of snaps).

    #76756

    If I was a general manager I wouldn’t select any player that walked out on his teammates. Character counts as well as skill. Particularly for someone that had problems at his previous stop. This is neither childish or uneducated. It is common sense to look at all issues of someone that you are about to employ and pay a large sum of money to.

    #76759

    I think this has become more common in today’s game because of television exposure.  Even 10-15 years ago most teams were not on television ever weekend.  But now all power conference and several of the non-power conference, most notably the AAC and Conference USA are on television every weekend.  Bowl Games, even the small games were televised, even back in the 80’s.  So kids would play in those games because they wanted to increase their draft stock.  They wanted to take the chance and have a break out game on that stage for everyone to see.  Heck, think back to 2006.  A player that comes to mind is JaMarcus Russell of LSU.  He had one hell of a bowl game against Notre Dame, I believe, and it turned him into a first round pick for the Raiders.  Before that game he was barely on anyone’s radar, because even back then LSU was not on TV ever weekend.  If it was not a big match-up you did not see them.  Now you have ESPN, ESPN 2, ESPN U, ESPN News, ABC, Fox, Fox Sports 1, CBS, CBS Sportnet, NBC, NBCSP, and several conference networks.  I guess what I am getting at is there is no benefit to the player to play in these bowls now.  The cost is too much if they get injured.  It is more of a question of what is the potential risk to reward.  Honestly, would I have liked to seen Will one more time, YES!  But am I kinda excited to get a glimpse of what next years team will look like?  YES!!!!  That is my two cents, not that it matter much.  But for those of you thinking the school should pull these individuals scholarship for not playing this bowl game or cutting them off from using the facilities to prep for the pros.  That would eat us up in recruiting.  Other teams would use that against us down the road.  “Oh, you want to go to WVU???  Oh, ok, well if you go there and make a descent name for yourself, and decide not to play in a small bowl game, they have been known to pull scholarships and then you and your family are handed a hefty bill for tuition and board.  Here at college A, we want what is best for you and your future, so if you have the option to play in the NFL we are not gonna punish you for wanting to protect yourself for a chance at the league.  Especially when there is nothing to gain and you sitting out of said bowl game allows us to go ahead and look to the future”.  Yea, that would not work out well for us at all.   And let’s not forget, Will Grier did not need WVU, he could have went to a number of schools.  So it is not like we did him this huge favor by offering him a scholarship to play here.  I love what the kid did here for our University and I will speak very highly of him and I hope to see him in the NFL next year.  That way when he is starting it comes across the screen, Will Grier, QB, from West Virginia University.  Now that will help us in recruiting more then anything.

    #76760

    I don’t think anybody is really thinking we should pull a schollie just because they aren’t playing in a bowl. But you get the gist of the situation. WVU hands out a contract (scholarship) and pays up front for the expected work (year’s playing time). Pay is room, board, books, tuition, degree, training, coaching, etc…. expected work is a full year of playing the slate of games including Bowls and Championship games.

    WVU upheld it’s side. (actually, WVU goes above and beyond by allowing players to come back and use the facilities for off season training after they graduate) Players that skip out on the last game of the season didn’t. In the real world, this contract that is unfulfilled by either side could be litigated and whoever didn’t complete their side of the contract would be held responsible.

    Now, it won’t happen. But you see the frustration from some of the fans.

    You say that Grier didn’t need WVU. Yes he could have chosen a number of other schools. But in reality WVU, Dana and Spav were exactly what Will needed. It was a perfect fit for him because of the style of play we have and the way we encouraged Will to take over the O and make his own calls.

    #76763

    FWIW, Grier finished a very distant fourth in the Heisman balloting with 126 points (4 first-place votes, 17 seconds, 80 thirds), edging Minchew by four.

    #76764

    I don’t think anybody is really thinking we should pull a schollie just because they aren’t playing in a bowl. But you get the gist of the situation. WVU hands out a contract (scholarship) and pays up front for the expected work (year’s playing time). Pay is room, board, books, tuition, degree, training, coaching, etc…. expected work is a full year of playing the slate of games including Bowls and Championship games.

    WVU upheld it’s side. (actually, WVU goes above and beyond by allowing players to come back and use the facilities for off season training after they graduate) Players that skip out on the last game of the season didn’t. In the real world, this contract that is unfulfilled by either side could be litigated and whoever didn’t complete their side of the contract would be held responsible.

    Now, it won’t happen. But you see the frustration from some of the fans.

    You say that Grier didn’t need WVU. Yes he could have chosen a number of other schools. But in reality WVU, Dana and Spav were exactly what Will needed. It was a perfect fit for him because of the style of play we have and the way we encouraged Will to take over the O and make his own calls.

    Exactly……in any case we bear the frustration as well as the bowl organizers. This will be the death of bowls as we once knew them and I think this makes a BIG argument for expanding the playoffs….If the bowls don’t make money anymore (face it that’s what its all about anyway) the ESpin will have to stop losing money on the crappy bowls and put forth a better product (expanding playoff) I don’t think it will take long at all…..

    #76765

    Never leave your wingman?

    Kids these days don’t put much stock in that anymore unfortunately, it’s all about the almighty dollar….shame on our generation for raising them this way

    #76766

    Jgregorey32,
    Obviously Grier needed WV or he wouldn’t have been there. It’s just that he doesn’t need WV anymore.

    #76769

    WVU should thank its lucky stars they had Grier this year?

    We would have lost at least 8 games without him!

    He is actually doing a favor to the team by getting

    another  QB at least one game experience! We would have

    been in the same predicament  this year as we will

    Next if he had t come!

    #76787

    Your issue about not wanting to get hurt would be a good one if they were really pulling out because of that possibility. Yes, they could get hurt in practice or a freak play. If that were truly the issue they would skip the SR Bowl ……. but they aren’t.

    Excellent point

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