Mountaineer quarterback Will Grier was knocked out of the game on Saturday against the Longhorns after suffering a rather gruesome injury to his right hand. The injury came in the first quarter of the game as Grier dove for the pylon. When he came up half of his middle finger was pointing in a direction perpendicular to his other fingers.
Don’t enlarge this picture if you don’t want to see Will Grier’s finger pointing sideways. pic.twitter.com/ysQ0NlekFv
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Grier did not return to the game, and according to ESPN, Grier will undergo surgery on Charlotte, NC on Sunday. Unfortunately, that means Grier till miss West Virginia’s final game of the season against Oklahoma, and may miss the bowl game as well.
In Grier’s absense, the Mountaineers will rely on backup quarterback Chris Chugunov. Chungunov,a sophomore, had very limited experience before being called on against the Longhorns on Saturday. He finished the day by going 14-26 for 189 yards and a touchdown in what ended up being a losing effort.
Grier entered the 2017 season with a lot of hype. He’s a quarterback that has a strong arm, good accuracy, good mobility, and isn’t afraid to put his head down. Unfortunately, it’s that latter trait that cost him on Saturday. If he is unable to return for the bowl game, he will finish the season with a 64.4 percent completion percentage for 3,490 yards and 34 passing touchdowns, and currently ranks 19th in total QBR.
For West Virginia fans the question is, should he not be able to play in the bowl game, will the injury be the final play for Grier wearing blue and gold? Should he wish to return to Morgantown for another season, he as one more year of eligibility remaining.