West Virginia quarterback Will Grier and offensive coordinator Jake Spavital are spending plenty of time together this offseason.
The two football minds aren’t soaking in the warmer weather. Rather, they’re secluded to a coach’s office, plunging deep into game video from the likes of Oklahoma, UCF and NFL offenses, according to The Athletic’s Max Olson.
“We’ll watch them for footwork stuff,” Grier said. “Like, [Drew] Brees has completely different footwork than Tom Brady. Aaron Rodgers’ footwork is different, too, and incredible. We just try to pick up things and look at concepts. We want to see what these guys are thinking.”
They’re looking for unusual concepts and nuances. They’re looking closely, too, at the teams’ go-to calls for third downs and two-minute situations. They’re looking for better answers.
It’s not uncommon to study opponents ahead of a game, but Grier and Spavital are hoping to find better solutions for their own offense.
Going to Oklahoma and UCF, two of the best offenses in college football last season, is a solid start.
Watching how NFL greats Drew Brees, Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers operate is even better.
West Virginia is expected to have one of the best offenses in college football this season with Grier at the helm. He has a solid group returning at wide receiver as well.
The Mountaineers should have little trouble putting up points in 2018 if Spavital and Grier’s dedication to improving an already solid unit is any indication.