After his suspension at Florida for use of performance-enhancing drugs, Will Grier needed a new environment.L.G. Patterson/Associated Press
Just how high are the expectations for former Florida signal-caller Will Grier as the maestro for head coach Dana Holgorsen’s offense?
Some are even predicting him to be firmly in the Heisman Trophy race as a junior, according to CBSSports.com’s Chris Anderson.
If that happens, the Mountaineers can definitely continue the momentum they built in 2016 with second-year starter Skyler Howard under center. Now that he’s gone, it’s Grier’s show—that is, if he is allowed by the NCAA to start the season.
Grier, as has been well-documented by now, was suspended from Florida for using performance-enhancing drugs. He sat out a year, and the remnants of that suspension still are lingering.
Holgorsen has seemed confident that Grier will be ready to go, and if he is, West Virginia is in good hands.
“But Grier has two major advantages working in his favor in the Big 12 newcomer of the year race,” ESPN.com’s Jake Trotter wrote. “One, playing time; he’s the overwhelming favorite to win the starting job, provided, again, that he’s eligible. And two, he’ll be playing for a coach with a tremendous track record of calling explosive offenses. The combination of those two factors could lead to a big year for Grier in his first behind center in Morgantown.”
At the start of his career in Gainesville, Grier threw 10 touchdowns, three interceptions and 1,204 yards for the Gators, leading them to a 6-0 start that crumbled after he left.
If he returns to that form, Holgorsen will have a stud around which to build his offense.