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Geno Smith Battled Will Grier in NFL Preseason Finale

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It was Mountaineer against Mountaineer in the final preseason game for the Cowboys and Seahawks on Friday night.

Geno Smith, who has started for Seattle throughout the preseason and is believed to have an edge to be their QB1 this regular season, battled Will Grier, who has been in a competition of his own.

Smith went 3 for 6 for 43 yards before leaving the game. Drew Lock then took over and got most of the reps, although it’s common for the season starter to just make a brief appearance in the final preseason game if he does play.

Grier followed up a stellar appearance last week with another mostly solid outing. While his completion percentage was a bit down at completing only 12 of his 22 pass attempts, the 27-year-old threw 2 touchdown passes. He also ran for 26 yards for an average of 5.2 yards per run or scramble. Grier has made a strong case at securing Dallas’ backup job behind Dak Prescott.

Smith was inducted to the WVU Athletics Hall of Fame earlier this year. He remains as one of the most prolific players in school history as the all-time passing yards and passing touchdowns leader with 11,662 yards and 98 touchdowns. He played from 2009-12 before being a second round selection by the New York Jets.

Before being drafted by the Carolina Panthers with the 100th pick (3rd round) of the 2019 NFL Draft, Grier spent two seasons as WVU’s starting quarterback in 2017 and 2018 after transferring from Florida.

Grier threw for a total of 7,354 yards and 71 touchdowns in his two seasons in Morgantown.

No matter what comes of their seasons, West Virginia fans were able to enjoy a rare treat of two former WVU quarterbacks going head-to-head in an NFL game.

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