Will Grier has waited a long time for his fresh start at West Virginia.
After helping Florida to a 6-0 start in 2015, Grier was suspended for a season for testing positive for a banned substance. It led to him transferring to West Virginia, where he sat out last season waiting for his chance.
Grie finally will get his shot to start for the Mountaineers in their Sept. 3 opener against Virginia Tech.
That move was considered Yahoo.com’s Dr. Saturday’s staff as the second-biggest transfer of the upcoming season.
It was trumped only by the celebrated move of Jarrett Stidham from Baylor to Auburn.
The Big 12 was well represented on Dr. Saturday’s list of top transfers. Here’s a look at them.
Biggest off-season transfers involving Big 12 teams:
- 1. QB Jarrett Stidham from Baylor to Auburn — The quarterback known as “Studham” by former Baylor coach Art Briles grabs his chance to thrive in Gus Malzahn’s offense.
- 2.QB Will Grier from Florida to West Virginia — The Mountaineers badly need a quarterback after Skyler Howard’s departure. If Grier can duplicate his fast Florida start, the Mountaineers could be the Big 12’s surprise team.
- 5. WR Jeff Badet from Kentucky to Oklahoma — Dede Westbrook’s departure will provide a lot of catches for Oklahoma’s receiving rotation. Particularly if he can come close to matching his 21.6 yard-per-catch average that led the SEC last season.
- 8. WR Tyron Johnson from LSU to Oklahoma State — If Johnson plays to his five-star recruiting billing, the Big 12’s deepest receiving rotation will only get more productive.
- 9. CB Adrian Baker, Clemson to Oklahoma State — Baker will provide immediate help as former starting CB Ramon Richards moves to safety.
- 17. QB Anu Solomon, Arizona to Baylor — Solomon was a productive starter at Arizona, passing for 48 touchdowns during two previous college seasons. If he can beat out Zach Smith, he could keep Baylor’s passing game potent.