Will Grier helped the WVU football team win seven games this season. Without him, it would be hard to fathom where the Mountaineers would stand in 2017.
Without Grier coming to the WVU football team from Florida, it’s likely that Chris Chugunov would have been the starting quarterback. It’s safe to say fans of the Mountaineers saw enough of Chugs in the Heart of Dallas Bowl to not want to wish what it would have been like to play with him as the starter all year long.
West Virginia was blessed with Grier’s raw talent, quick wits and determination. He made the players around him better and ultimately helped receivers like Gary Jennings and David Sills make national headlines for their efforts.
Now, the attention turns back to Grier after he missed most of the Texas game and all of the Oklahoma and Utah games. He will be watched like a hawk all offseason to see when he fully recovers from his hand injury. In an article by Mitch Vingle of the Gazette-Mail, Grier announced his intentions to get back to work right away.
"“It’s a long process,” Grier said. “It’s a long offseason. You have to take it one day at a time, work on things and get better every day. But we’re excited to start that process. We would have liked to get a win, but you all you can do now is move forward and try to get better.”"
Grier has faced setbacks in his career, including this injury, and his suspension from Florida. He has had long layoffs and uncertainty and fought through it. He will tackle this offseason with the same vigor that made him a star in his first season with the WVU football team.
Next season the Mountaineers may be better suited from a quarterback standpoint because Jack Allison should work his way to being the backup to Grier. Grier, however, will definitely be ready for the first game against Tennessee in Charlotte. But working to that point starts in the offseason and there is a lot the WVU football team needs to work on internally before turning its attention to the Volunteers.
Offensive coordinator Jake Spavital and head coach Dana Holgorsen need to take control of the offensive plays and not throw away scoring chances. On Grier’s injury against Texas, Spavital was said to be at fault for calling an ill-advised play. Knowing what Grier means to this team, he should be protected at all costs in 2018.
The calendar turns to 2018 soon and Grier plans on getting to work as soon as possible to make the whole year better than this year.