West Virginia quarterback Will Grier has been on a tear to start the season. Even with the season opening loss against Virginia Tech, he has put up Heisman- like numbers.
After transferring from Florida and serving a season long suspension for PED use, the first two games of the 2017 season have been very impressive.
Grier had 371 yards passing against Virginia Tech and 352 yards against East Carolina University- in just over a half- accounting for eight touchdowns in total so far this season. Against ECU, he had a QBR of 98.1, which was the highest in week two.
He is proving to be a valuable piece of this team and will be a huge part in West Virginia’s success. As compared to last year’s team, and more specifically the offense, the Mountaineers look much better and Grier is doing a great job of controlling the offense. He is composed in the pocket and shown the ability to scramble and make something out of nothing.
Because of what he has shown he can do, the football team has high expectations for the rest of the season. Grier means a lot to the team this year, and will for next season, too… if he decides to return to Morgantown.
There is not only a lot riding on this season for the Mountaineer Football Program, but for Grier’s future career. If he lives up to the expectations and hype that are surrounding him, and continues to put up impressive numbers, the NFL may be in his future sooner than Mountaineer Nation wants.
With a wife and young daughter already, taking the next step into the world of professional football may be best for him and his family. However, outside of a potential high draft pick and millions of dollars on the table, returning to school may be the best option for Grier as a player.
At seasons end, he would have played a total of 18 collegiate games. Especially for a quarterback, that may not be enough games to garnish enough high end draft looks. But it is not unheard of, either. Just look at Cardale Jones while he was at Ohio State. He started three games in 2014- the Big 10 Championship game, the national semi- final, and the national championship game (winning them all). He started the first game of the next season then split time with JT Barrett throughout the rest of the 2015 campaign.
Another thing for Grier to look at is who else will be potentially entering the draft in the spring. Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Lamar Jackson, and Josh Allen could all be entering the draft and could be drafted within the first round. Will should take this into consideration because the need for NFL caliber quarterbacks could be at an all-time high. This could cause Grier’s draft stock to fall a bit because of the NFL ready talent in the draft and if his stats decline once conference play starts.
With that said, Will Grier and the Mountaineers should be in for a big rest of the season, considering that other teams within the Big 12 have relatively sub- par defenses. This and the combination of talent WVU has coming back, Grier should stay in school and should put the team in a position to have their sights set on even higher goals for the 2018 season.
Those goals can be reached with Will Grier at the head of the offensive attack.