West Virginia quarterback Will Grier has been cleared to start throwing again after having surgery on in his hand, according to ESPN’s Jake Trotter.
The clearance represents the latest step in Grier’s recovery from surgery to repair the broken middle metacarpal in his right hand. He suffered the injury against Texas in November and had to miss the end of that game and the Mountaineers’ final two games of the season. West Virginia was 0-3 in those games.
If the senior quarterback is healthy and on track to be ready for the start of the season, West Virginia is expected to be one of the favorites in the Big 12 next season. Grier has already gotten some hype as a possible Heisman contender in 2018.
Grier elected to return for his senior season instead of leaving early for the 2018 NFL Draft. He completed 64.4 percent of his passes for 3,490 yards, 34 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in 11 games in 2017. He is joined by Biletnikoff finalist David Sills, who tied for the most touchdown catches in the country last year with 18.
West Virginia opens the 2018 season in Charlotte in a neutral site game against Tennessee on Sept. 1.