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Will Grier: Hype or Hero?



This past off-season, West Virginia fans and media spent most of their time discussing Florida transfer Will Grier. Some even argued Grier possibly winning the Heisman Trophy. So, the question is was he worth the hype? After watching two games, one of which was against a top-25 team, I would say the answer is definitely yes.

In his first outing, Grier did show signs of rust which was to be expected since he had not played a meaningful game since 2015. But the second half against Virginia Tech was a completely different story. He was in command of the offense and made throws we haven’t seen since the Geno Smith era. Grier finished the game with 371 yards and 3 touchdowns with 1 INT and despite a losing effort, Mountaineer fans left the game feeling confident with the offense going forward. After a dominating performance against East Carolina, Grier now has 723 yards passing with 8 touchdowns and only 1 INT on the season.

Now, fans are wondering if Grier can be a serious contender for the Heisman Trophy? I certainly believe if he can continue to put up these type of numbers week to week and WVU makes it to the Big 12 championship game, he has a shot to be a finalist. Can he win the coveted trophy? Too early to say. That will depend on factors Grier can’t control, like the play of other contenders Lamar Jackson and fellow Big 12 QB Baker Mayfield, but nothing is impossible. The one thing I know for sure is the Will Grier era is off to a strong start and it’s gonna be a fun ride.

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