In a trend we are seeing more and more of, quarterback Will Grier has decided to skip West Virginia’s bowl game in order to prepare for the NFL Draft.
📝 A message from Will Grier… pic.twitter.com/4mOnm3dRcK
— WVU Football (@WVUfootball) December 8, 2018
Grier isn’t the only Mountaineer skipping the bowl game, either. Big 12 offensive lineman of the year Yodny Cajuste announced on Friday that he won’t be making the trip to Orlando, FL.
I have decided to not play in the bowl game this year in order to go prepare for the next chapter in my life, thank you to my coaches nd all of mountaineer nation. Forever grateful
— Yodny Cajuste (@YC_RICH4EVER) December 7, 2018
Cajuste has been a force for West Virginia up front, and Grier, who started his college football career at Florida, has been one of the Big 12’s elite quarterbacks over the last two seasons. Grier finishes the season with 3,864 passing yards and 40 total touchdowns behind Cajuste’s protection.
It’s safe to say, the Mountaineers are going to miss their production against Syracuse in the Camping World Bowl.
They are far from the only star athlete to skip their bowl game. Just within the Big 12, Oklahoma State running back Justice Hill and offensive lineman Larry Williams are skipping the Cowboy’s trip to the Liberty Bowl.
For college football, for the fans who spend countless dollars and travel endless miles to support the team, this trend is detrimental to the sport.
I get it from the player’s perspective. When there’s millions of dollars on the line, why risk injury when you could be working to improve your draft grade? But here’s the thing, while they have bigger things to focus on, for their teammates who battled beside them week in and week out, for their fans that supported them through their time at the program, and for the coaching staff who got them to this point, there’s still work to do.