Will Grier’s Heisman Results; Plus A Vote
West Virginia quarterback Will Grier finished fourth in the 2018 Heisman Trophy voting, but his total of 126 points wasn’t close enough to the top three vote-getters earn him a trip to New York for the announcement. Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray (2,167), Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa (1,871) and Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins (783) made the trip.
Grier’s achievement is still noteworthy for its place among Mountaineer annals, however. He tied Steve Slaton’s fourth-place finish in 2006, which is good for second all-time behind Major Harris’ third-place effort in 1989. Grier received four first place votes, 17 seconds, and 80 thirds for his total of 126 points.
Overall, WVU has had four players finish in the top five and nine players finish in the top 10 in the Heisman voting.
West Virginia Heisman Finishes
2018 – Will Grier, QB, 4th 1997 – Amos Zereoue, RB, 10th
2012 – Tavon Austin, WR/RS, 8th 1989 – Major Harris, QB, 3rd
2008 – Pat White, QB, 7th 1988 – Major Harris, QB, 5th
2007 – Pat White, QB, 6th 1983 – Jeff Hostetler, QB, 7th
2006 – Steve Slaton, RB, 4th
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I am a Heisman voter, and my ballot was as follows: 1) Murray, 2) Tagovailoa, 3)Grier.
The vote for first and second was a close one, but in the end I thought Murray was a bit more effective as a runner, and thus a bit better overall player, than Tagovailoa. It’s splitting hairs at this level of voting, and cases can certainly be made in the opposite direction. I do take this and the other votes that I hold for national awards and All-America teams seriously, and I spend time on watching games and looking through stats to make my best call.
As for Grier, there was no hometown bias involved. Again, it was a close call, but overall I thought he was better over the course of the season than both Haskins and Gardner Minshew. I’m not hung up on quarterbacks, either, although that was the way my vote went this year. I’ve had non-QBs on my vote list in the past, and will do so again if they are deserving.
Also, I don’t take the record of the teams involved, or any “Most Valuable Player” arguments into consideration. The instruction I, and every other voter, receives in terms of making their selection is to voter for:
“The most outstanding college football player in the United States.”
That’s it. No winning team benchmark, nothing else. That’s what I use as my deciding criteria. Call me a strict constructionist, but that’s my standard.