WVU Quarterback Will Grier Announces Eligibility
By Kevin Kinder
After months of uncertainty, West Virginia quarterback Will Grier announced today via Twitter that he will be eligible for the Mountaineers’ opening game against Virginia Tech on Sept. 3. Most indications were that the NCAA was leaning in favor of that ruling, and that the delay was more due to procedures and a desire to rule on eligibility cases over a condensed period in the summer. That, of course, kept WVU fans on edge, and had to be a least a bit of a concern for the Mountaineer coaching staff, even though head coach Dana Holgorsen more than once noted that things would be “fine” in that regard.
— Willy (@willgrier_) June 20, 2017
Grier isn’t a prolific tweeter, but doubled up with the announcement which set West Virginia fans buzzing, appropriately enough, on West Virginia day. While there wasn’t a great deal of apparent concern over this issue inside the program, there’s always the chance of the unexpected from the NCAA, and this removes that from WVU’s preparations for the upcoming season.
Updated 12:10 p.m. – WVU put out the following official release confirming Will Grier’s eligibility.
West Virginia University football coach Dana Holgorsen has announced that redshirt junior quarterback Will Grier has been cleared by the NCAA to begin playing at the start of the 2017 season.
“We are pleased that Will has been cleared to play in our season opener by the NCAA,” Holgorsen said. “Since he enrolled here last year, he’s done everything he is supposed to do. He has been an outstanding teammate and leader on and off the field. Now that this decision is behind him, Will can turn his attention and preparation for the upcoming season.”
Grier played in six games and started five for Florida in 2015, before sitting out the rest of the season. He completed 106-of-151 passes for 1,204 yards and 10 touchdowns. He had a season-high 283 yards against Tennessee and threw for 200 or more yards in three games, 250 or more in two games and completed multiple touchdowns in four games.
Grier was named Mr. Football USA, Parade National Player of the Year, Maxwell Player of the Year and Tom Lemming Offensive Player of the Year coming out of Davidson Day School in 2014. He also was a 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl selection. For his career, he threw for 14,565 yards and a state record 195 touchdowns.
Our Brian McCracken made a cut-up of all of Grier’s passes in West Virginia’s 2017 spring game. Take a look at WVU’s quarterback: