West Virginia QB Will Grier is coming back for one more year, blowing off the pros for another season.
Will Grier prayed, and the answer was, roughly, the late-second, early-third round …
Or around there.
It’s the wrong year to come out as a quarterback, but 2018 appears to be far better with his stock likely to rise into the first round if he’s able to come up with a big final season.
There were a few interception problems, and he’s not exactly the right size at around 6-2, 215, but he’s got a good arm, can push the ball down the field, and he isn’t afraid to take a few chances.
Even though he got hurt and missed the Oklahoma game and most of the loss to Texas, he still closed out with 3,490 yards and 34 touchdowns with 12 picks. Accurate, when he goes on a nice streak, he’s deadly, able to hit around 70% of his passes on a regular basis.
Forget the meltdown against Oklahoma State – that was an aberration.
And now there’s reason for the Mountaineers to be fired up.
RB Justin Crawford is gone, but Kennedy McKoy and Martell Pettaway are back for the ground game. Will the top targets return?
Ka’Raun White is a senior, but leading receiver Gary Jennings and touchdown machine David Sills are juniors. If they’re back, along with Marcus Simms, the Mountaineer passing game might be unstoppable.
Four starters are back on the offensive line, seven starters are projected back on defense, and the kickers are both back.
With all the returning experience, and now an all-star caliber quarterback making the call to return, it might just be the year Mountaineer fans have been waiting for.