West Virgnia head coach Dana Holgorsen announced yesterday that quarterback Chris Chugunov, who started two games for the Mountaineers last season, will be leaving the program. Chugunov was the backup for starter Will Grier, who went out early in a late season loss to Texas with a broken finger.
Grier had to have surgery on his finger and began throwing again in January, according to Holgorsen, but he is now back to full health.
Chugunov will graduate in May with a degree in business and move onto life beyond football. For the Mountaineer football team, this means there will be some competition for the backup spot behind Grier, who will be a fifth year senior and Heisman hopeful.
Miami transfer Jack Allison and true freshman Trey Lowe, who signed with the Mountaineers in December, will battle to be Grier’s understudy. Allison is a former four star recruit from Florida and more the type of quarterback that has played for Holgorsen in the past. Lowe is more of a dual threat quarterback who some thought could be West Virginia’s answer at the position after Grier leaves.
It will certainly be interesting to watch the position battle throughout the summer and fall. With Chugunov gone, Grier – who has yet to play an entire season in college – is the only quarterback on scholarship with game experience.