WVU senior quarterback Will Grier has decided to skip the Camping World Bowl in Orlando and instead focus on preparing for the upcoming NFL draft.
Dear Mountaineer Family:
“Since arriving in Morgantown, Jeanne and I have been welcomed into the Mountaineer Family and we, along with Eloise, have been so blessed by the support and love of so many. I hope that, in return, you know that I have given my all and worked hard each and every day to help our football program and University.
“While we did not win every time we took the field, and I shoulder that responsibility, I can assure you that we tried. After discussions with Jeanne and my family, and after receiving professional input, I have decided not to participate in our upcoming bowl game and focus on preparing myself and my family for what I hope is the next step in our journey. I want to thank Coach Holgorsen, Coach Spavital and all of our coaches for believing in me and, most importantly, to my teammates, who are now lifelong friends who taught me the true meaning of TEAM.
“It has been an honor to wear the WVU uniform, and I sincerely thank all of Mountaineer Nation for allowing my family and I to be a part of something so special. Country roads, take me home…”
Head coach Dana Holgorsen said he supports Grier’s decision to focus on his future.
“Will and I spoke at length about the bowl game, and I am fully supportive of his decision to begin preparing for the NFL Draft,” Holgorsen said. “While we will miss him in Orlando, Will’s commitment and service to WVU Football over the last three years will be talked about for many years to come.
“He led us with class, hard work and a willingness to learn, and set a high standard for his teammates. He will always be part of our family, and we wish him, Jeanne and Eloise all the best in pursuit of their dreams.”
Grier finishes the year with 3,864 passing yards and 37 touchdowns through the air. He hooked up with his favorite target — David Sills V — for 33 TDs during his two seasons at WVU.
Grier, who came to Morgantown with his wife and daughter after a stint at Florida, graduated last December with a degree in multidisciplinary studies.
According to WVU, “Grier finished his WVU career completing 516-of-785 passes for 7,354 yards and 71 touchdowns through the air and accounted for 76 total touchdowns. He threw for 300 or more yards in a school-record 19 games at WVU and had multiple touchdown games 20 times. He also has thrown a career-best five touchdowns five times.”
The school also notes that Grier is the career NCAA active leader in passing yards per game at 305 ypg.