If you have spent any time with our friends in the North East, you have undoubtedly heard about just how good quarterback Will Grier is. I’m not all that unsure that someone is not already working on a statue. Some are already calling Grier “the best quarterback to ever play at West Virginia”.
There is just one problem. Grier has yet to actually play at West Virginia. He started his career at University of Florida, where he showed his potential by completing 65.6 percent of his passes for 1,202 yards and 10 touchdowns to just three interceptions in just six games as a true freshman in 2015. To add to that, he was 6-0 as a starter and rushed for 116 yards and another two scores on the ground.
Grier suffered from some up and down play, as you would expect a freshman to do, but he looked to be the quarterback of the Gator’s future. And that is when it all went wrong. Grier found himself benched after testing positive to performance enhancing drugs.
He claims that he tested positive due to an over-the-counter supplement, but backlash from the public took its toll on him.
“I was in a dark place and depressed.” Grier said in 2016. “I didn’t think I was any good. I didn’t know if I would ever play the game again. I lost a lot of confidence. I thought I wasn’t worth a s–t. There are times when I lay awake at night and wonder how it went so wrong. I’ve lost sleep over it. Many, many nights of sleep.”
Grier was able to find a new home in Morgantown, and is spring practice was any indication, he has found his confidence once again.
Still, up until Tuesday, Grier’s eligibility status for the first half of the season has been up in the air. Thankfully, that has been resolved as coach Dana Holgorsen announced that Grier will be eligible on September 3, and will be available for the Mountaineer’s season opener against Virginia Tech. Originally, Grier would have had to sit until game seven.
— Dana Holgorsen (@Holgorsendana) June 20, 2017