The Big 12 produced the reigning Heisman Trophy winner in Baker Mayfield, and now speculation has begun on if the conference can produce another.
There’s a lot of offensive talent in the Big 12 — this is the conference known for producing high-scoring track meets in nearly every game, after all. And the Heisman Trophy winner, more often than not, is a quarterback from a high-octane offense that wins plenty of games.
With that in mind, it’s no surprise that a panel of Dallas Morning News experts singled out West Virginia’s Will Grier as the Big 12’s best hope for a repeat Heisman winner.
“West Virginia’s Will Grier is probably the Big 12’s leading contender, a quarterback with a big arm who should have impressive numbers on a team picked to contend in the conference,” Chuck Carlton wrote.
“Will Grier of West Virginia is the best preseason candidate in the Big 12 to win the Heisman Trophy,” argued Newy Scruggs. “He is in the spread system and will have the ability to put up monster numbers. He will have targets and I expect WVU to be a contender in the conference. The Heisman is basically a quarterback award so Grier is a legit candidate.”
The Mountaineers have never had a player win the Heisman in their history. Major Harris finished third in 1989 and fifth in 1989, and Steve Slaton added a fourth place finish in 2006. Grier, in Dana Holgorsen’s spread system, is garnering plenty of buzz heading into his senior season. He’ll have a chance to make West Virginia history in 2018.