Christmas came early for fans of the WVU football team as quarterback Will Grier announced he will be returning for his senior season.
The Mountaineers will be a much better team in 2018 with him coming back. The news was put out through WVUsports.com and Will Grier, himself, made a strong statement to relay his return.
West Virginia had seven wins in the regular season and Grier was a big reason why that was possible. He was injured in the game against Texas, which the Mountaineers went on to lose, and the team fell in the finale against Oklahoma without Grier.
According to WVUsports.com, Grier will graduate with a degree in multidisciplinary studies this week. Grier’s decision to come back to WVU is likely based on the fact that there is a deep quarterback class heading into the NFL Draft, which SI.com details in a recent article.
Grier wouldn’t have been projected as a high draft pick, which means his choice to come back to West Virginia is well-informed and will ultimately improve his positioning for next season. With Grier back, top wide receiver David Sills should return too. This combo will make the Mountaineers the best offensive team in the Big 12 Conference.
Will Grier has a lot more to accomplish on the field next season. He wants to win and probably feels that the Mountaineers left some wins out there this past season. With Mason Rudolph leaving Oklahoma State and Baker Mayfield leaving Oklahoma, the Big 12 is wide open and there is the need for a new star to emerge. Will Grier was already on the national radar but another solid season will make him a hot commodity.
He likely took all this into account before releasing his statement through WVUsports.com.
"“There is still a great deal that I want this team to accomplish and I look forward to helping lead us to success in 2018. I am completely focused and looking forward to building off the success we had this year and want to do even greater things next year. West Virginia is my home, and I couldn’t be more excited about the future here.”"
With this great news upon us, social media threw a party. Many WVU sports fans shouted out with glee that Will Grier will be wearing the gold and blue for one more season.
Last season, Will Grier was 250 of 388 passing for 3,490 yards. He tossed 34 touchdowns with most going to David Sills. The chemistry developed between these two helped Grier settle into his new position with his new team.
It’s safe to say Will Grier made the right decision to come to West Virginia after his time with Florida. He made an even better decision to stay with the Mountaineers.