In a move that goes against what Dana Holgorsen usually does, Will Grier will be making the trip to Norman with the team for comfort and energy.
“I rarely take injured players on road trips, but he’ll be going,” coach Dana Holgorsen said Tuesday. “He wants to support his guys and help be a coach on the sidelines. That’s the kind of kid we’re dealing with.
“We all know what kind of teammate Will is. It will probably be comforting to Chugs to have him there.”
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On Sunday Grier underwent surgery in North Carolina on his throwing hand. That was the day after the injury happened. On Monday Grier returned to campus ready to dig into film on the Sooners.
“He’s anxious to find out what the game plan is and watch practice and be there as another set of eyes,” Holgorsen said.
On the season Grier has 34 touchdowns and was chasing the single season record of Geno Smith (42). After breaking his right middle finger there is no chance of that.
“He was pissed off that he didn’t score more than anything,” said offensive coordinator Jake Spavital, who is excited about Grier’s presence on the trip.
“He wants to be there for Chugs and the rest of the offense. We all love Will and they all look up to him, so it will be good for him to be down there and create some energy.”
Despite being inactive in recent weeks, sophomore David Israel will head into the Oklahoma game as the backup. While Holgorsen has been designated as a redshirt candidate since August, Holgorsen has said that if necessary he will burn the redshirt.