While the Mountaineers rack up impressive offensive statistics their quarterback is getting loads of recognition. Will Grier named Big 12 Player and Newcomer of the Week.
For those keeping score at home this is the third Big 12 Newcomer of the Week award for Grier this season and his first Player of the Week.
In his impressive performance against the nationally ranked Red Raiders, Grier completed 32 of 41 passes for 352 yards and five touchdowns. He led the Mountaineers back from a 35 to 17 deficit to reel off 29 points in a row and win by a final score of 46-35. Through seven weeks of the season Grier’s 21 touchdown passes are the most in the country. It’s safe to say he has picked up the Air Raid offense as quickly as Mountaineer fans have hoped so. Check out some highlights from the 2nd largest comeback in WVU football history.
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“I don’t know if I’ve been around a guy that’s as accurate as him,” WVU head coach Dana Holgorsen said reflecting on Grier’s Saturday performance. “We chart drops, we chart bad throws, we chart bad decisions – he just doesn’t have many of them. He doesn’t have many bad throws, he doesn’t have many bad decisions, he’s a very, very, very intelligent guy.”
Despite the rushing game being held in check, Grier was able to lead the Mountaineers to the win. None of the Mountaineer trio of Crawford, McCoy and Pettaway was able to get on track. Tech did a good job keeping the Mountaineer offense in check into the third quarter. The Mountaineer offense was able to do what they needed to do to get the win late in the third quarter into the fourth. Grier got hot and found his receivers in the end zone when his team needed him most.
Will Grier ranks among the best in the nation in many statistics. His 348.7 passing yards per game is ranked sixth in the nation. Grier has completed six passes for more than 50 yards which is good for fourth-best in the nation.
Don’t look for Grier and company to slow down anytime soon. In the next game the Mountaineers face a Baylor team that does not field a strong defense. The maligned Baylor defense gives up 40 points and almost 520 yards per game. The Baylor Bears are off to an 0-6 start to the 2017 season.