West Virginia football is bound to showcase one of the most experienced offenses in the Big 12 this season. Quarterback Will Grier and wide receiver David Sills are both returning to Morgantown for their senior seasons.
Bleacher Report ranked the unit No. 7 in the nation on Thursday heading into the 2018 campaign.
West Virginia only trailed Oklahoma (3) among Big 12 teams, but passing experience can go a long ways in the Big 12. The Mountaineers are one of the few teams in the league that broke the .500 mark last season to return their starting quarterback. Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and TCU will all see new faces under center this fall.
To be fair, projected Oklahoma starting quarterback Kyler Murray has previous starting experience at Texas A&M, but questions remain about his passing game. Grier, meanwhile, passed for 3,490 yards last season before going down with a season-ending finger injury vs. Texas on Nov. 18.
The key pieces on offense for West Virginia don’t end with Grier and Sills — the latter who caught for 980 yards and 18 touchdowns in 2017. The Mountaineers will also see the return of receiver Gary Jennings, who hauled in 1,096 yards last fall, in addition to several multi-season starters on the offensive line. Combine that experience with the tough atmosphere Mountaineer Field can create for visitors, and there’s no reason to believe that West Virginia can’t contend for the Big 12 title in 2018.
The Mountaineers kick off the 2018 season vs. Tennessee in a neutral site game on Sept. 1 in Charlotte, N.C. West Virginia has a second Power 5 nonconference opponent on their schedule two weeks later — a road trip to North Carolina State — before opening Big 12 play vs. Kansas State one week later.