To be clear, nobody is challenging Will Grier for the starting quarterback job at West Virginia.
The transfer quarterback was extremely productive in his first season at the helm of the Mountaineers. He threw for 3.490 yards and 38 touchdowns in 2017. A thumb injury cost him his final two games, and backup Chris Chugunov didn’t show enough in replacement to create a quarterback controversy.
But Grier is earning early Heisman hype. He needed to have a strong spring practice to keep the buzz going and gain some momentum toward becoming one of the best quarterbacks in the country. According to Sports Illustrated’s Joan Niesen, Grier did just that.
As the incumbent starter, Grier had nothing on the line during spring ball, but the quarterback turnover elsewhere at the top of the Big 12 has him positioned for a big year as long as he stays healthy all the way to December,” Niesen wrote. “West Virginia canceled its spring game due to a snowy forecast, but multiple reports out of Morgantown told of an impressive few weeks of practice for Grier.”
The Mountaineers have largely focused on developing other offensive talent to play alongside Grier this fall. It’s an encouraging sign that even when he could’ve coasted through spring, Grier continued to improve and showed why he’s being mentioned as a Heisman candidate.