So much for a learning curve at his new job. Will Grier is expected to break passing records at West Virginia in his only season with the team.
The Mountaineers’ new quarterback comes into the program with much hype after a strong career at Florida.
Sure, he hasn’t thrown a pass in a college game in more than 800 days. But he’s expected to pick up where he left off with the Gators.
But Smoking Gun.com contributor Z.A. Campbell predicts that Grier will take the Mountaineers’ offense to places it’s never been before this season.
Geno Smith set the school single-season passing record with 4,385 yards in 2011. It’s a standard that Campbell expects Grier to break this season in his only year with the Mountaineers.
Campbell provides several reasons why Grier should have a breakout season.
New coaches should boost Grier’s productivity
Among them include the arrival of Jake Spavital as the Mountaineers’ offensive coordinator. Davis Webb’s 37 touchdowns and 4,300 passing yards last season at California under Spavital provides a comparison for Grier’s season with the Mountaineers.
Toss in a talented collection of backs like Big 12 leading returning rusher Justin Crawford, an abuundance of top receivers and an established offensive line.
Another factor is how quarterbacks like Graham Harrell and Case Keenum each passed for more than 5,400 yards when they played in offenses coached by Dana Holgorsen.
Whether Grier can be that productive remains a legitimate question. But many besides Campbell expect the transfer quarterback to have a big season if he can remain healthy.