BREAKING Grier not playing in Camping World Bowl

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    Grier to Focus on NFL Draft Preparation


    MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (December 8, 2018) – West Virginia quarterback Will Grier will not participate in the 2018 Camping World Bowl and will focus on his preparation for the 2019 NFL Draft.


    Grier, one of the top players in the nation over the past two seasons, will go down as one of the best quarterbacks to ever wear the Gold and Blue. He not only led the Mountaineers on the field but was a leader off it. It didn’t take the Charlotte native long to make West Virginia his home.


    In his own words, Grier wanted to share his thoughts with Mountaineer Nation –


    Dear Mountaineer Family:


    “Since arriving in Morgantown, Jeanne and I have been welcomed into the Mountaineer Family and we, along with Eloise, have been so blessed by the support and love of so many. I hope that, in return, you know that I have given my all and worked hard each and every day to help our football program and University.


    “While we did not win every time we took the field, and I shoulder that responsibility, I can assure you that we tried. After discussions with Jeanne and my family, and after receiving professional input, I have decided not to participate in our upcoming bowl game and focus on preparing myself and my family for what I hope is the next step in our journey. I want to thank Coach Holgorsen, Coach Spavital and all of our coaches for believing in me and, most importantly, to my teammates, who are now lifelong friends who taught me the true meaning of TEAM.


    “It has been an honor to wear the WVU uniform, and I sincerely thank all of Mountaineer Nation for allowing my family and I to be a part of something so special. Country roads, take me home…”


    Will Grier


    In 2018, Grier earned a season-long spot as a Heisman Trophy contender and finished as a finalist for the Maxwell Award, the Manning Award, Walter Camp Football Foundation Player of the Year Award, the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award and the Senior CLASS Award.


    “Will and I spoke at length about the bowl game, and I am fully supportive of his decision to begin preparing for the NFL Draft,” WVU coach Dana Holgorsen said. “While we will miss him in Orlando, Will’s commitment and service to WVU Football over the last three years will be talked about for many years to come. He led us with class, hard work and a willingness to learn, and set a high standard for his teammates. He will always be part of our family, and we wish him, Jeanne and Eloise all the best in pursuit of their dreams.”


    As a senior, Grier led the Mountaineers to an 8-3 (6-3 Big 12) record and a national top-15 ranking in both polls for the entire season, including four weeks in the top 10. As a junior, he led the Mountaineers to seven wins and a spot in the national rankings.


    He passed for 3,864 yards and 37 touchdowns and also had three scores on the ground in 2018. He had a career night against CFP semifinalist Oklahoma with 32 completions for a career-high 539 yards and accounted for five scores. His defining moment came in a 42-41 win at No. 15 Texas. He orchestrated a game-winning, 75-yard touchdown drive, capped by a 33-yard touchdown pass with 16 seconds left before running in the two-point conversion.


    He ranks in the top 10 nationally in 11 statistical categories, including eight in the top five: No. 2 nationally in touchdowns passes per game (3.4), No. 3 in passing touchdowns (37) and passing yards per game (351.3), No. 4 in yards per pass attempt and points responsible for per game (22.0), No. 5 in pass efficiency (175.5), points responsible for (242) and total passing yards (3,864), No. 6 in total offense (343.1), No. 7 in completions per game (24.2), No. 9 in passing yards per completion (14.5) and No. 15 in completion percentage (.670).


    He connected with David Sills V for 33 touchdowns over the past two years, most in FBS. His 37 touchdown passes rank No. 2 on WVU’s single-season list, his 3,864 yards ranks No. 3 on the single-season passing yards list and his 266 completions rank No. 4 on the single-season completion list. He also finished No. 2 on the senior passing yards and total offense chart.


    Grier finished his WVU career completing 516-of-785 passes for 7,354 yards and 71 touchdowns through the air and accounted for 76 total touchdowns. He threw for 300 or more yards in a school-record 19 games at WVU and had multiple touchdown games 20 times. He also has thrown a career-best five touchdowns five times.


    Grier is the career NCAA active leader in passing yards per game (305.6). He ranks No. 3 in NCAA active career total offense per game (310.9) and No. 5 in NCAA active career pass efficiency (165.1).


    In the WVU career charts, he is No. 1 in pass efficiency (169.19), No. 2 in touchdown passes (71) and completion percentage (.657), No. 3 in passing yards (7,354), tied for No. in touchdowns responsible for (76), No. 4 for pass completions (516) and No. 6 in total offense (7,386).


    Grier graduated from WVU in Dec. 2017, with a bachelor’s degree in multidisciplinary studies.
     
  2. WVUALLEN

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    Those leaving are selfish little twits.
     
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    Sometimes for the other team though. Jackass.
     
  4. 3xWVUenginEER

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    It's a smart financial decision. He gave 3 seasons to WVU including the transfer year. He has a wife and a kid and at worst is projected to make over $1.5 million in guaranteed $$$$$$ when he's drafted. Make the smart decision. Get a good start on life.
     
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  5. Darth_VadEER

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    Doesnt Grier have a wife and a child? I think his priorities are right where they should be.
     
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  7. Darth_VadEER

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    Waaaaaa...waaaaaa let me watch you play football one more time...wwaaaaaaa waaaaaaa, I need more entertainment WHHHAAAAAAA
     
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    Says a couch belcher.....i bet youre a real man!!!!
     
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    It hurts my feelings to think about what you think of me.
     
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  10. Darth_VadEER

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    And I'm sure Grier cares about your opinions on his career and what decisions he makes for his family.

    Stop being a pussy and living vicariously through athletes.
     
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    Take care of your family. It was fun watching him play for two seasons.
     
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    Ok I’ll begrudgingly have to admit this is really funny
     
  13. countryroads89

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    Maybe the University will care when fans stop buying bowl tickets.
     
  14. Darth_VadEER

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    Well, thats like....their problem.
     
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    This is not a real bowl. We are playing in a crap third tier bowl against a crap 3rd tier program.

    IMO, this is what happens when your defense fails and your league places the referees against you.

    I am optimistic that if we were playing in a real bowl against a real opponent that Will would have had our back. This is not that bowl and this is not that opponent.

    I wish him the best.
     
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    That’s all you got?

    LMAO!
     
  17. Darth_VadEER

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    What else needs to be said about it?
     
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  18. countryroads89

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    No surprise he wasn’t invited to New York.
     
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    You are an ass.
     
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    Yep. In a next-to-nothing bowl game I'd rather see the guys who will be back next year get the PT.
     
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    Looking forward to seeing Allison and maybe Lowe
     
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    They taught him the true meaning of TEAM, yet he's bailing out on them for the bowl game. That's a laugh.
     
  23. The Bell Tolls for Thee

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    Well there's a ***king surprise. Note the sarcasm. I'm just curious if the delay in announcement was because he was really considering it or if it was to pad ticket sales.
     
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    Of course they were hoping ticket sales wouldn’t plummet. That’s what it was about.
     
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    Good for Will to get ready for the draft. I would rather see him get a good spot in the draft than worry about the camping world bowl lol. If it were a bigger bowl I'd feel different. I'm excited to see Allison anyway. Chugginoff was awful last year replacing Grier but it seems like we finally have someone with high potential. Let him practice, prepare for the game and hopefully he lights it up.
     
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    I’m ok with this.
    Grier needs to take care of his family.
    Let’s Go Jack Allison!
     
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    What better way to prepare for the NFL than by sitting out an opportunity to play a live football game?
     
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    Looks even worse that he's skipping this bowl only to go play in the "meaningless" Senior Bowl.
     
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    They do not care.
     
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    It does not.
     
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    Pussy millennial boy. He won’t be 1st round pick. Slow, only 6-1, small hands, makes too many mistakes. How the hell does a QB fumble 2 times and give other team 14 points 2 TDs in one game?

    Jim Mcillwain confirmed he was me, me, me.....that’s why he took steroids to get ahead.
     
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    His teammates are fine.
     
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    Worst case scenario he ends up with a better life you have.
     
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    Damn, you're slingin' it today, Darth! LOL!

    Does anyone remember the Miami RB in the mid-90's that was a sure fire top 15 pick that had his knee destroyed in their bowl game the year he was coming out? He got a low round pick and a couple of pity years on NFL reserve squads.

    A wife, a kid, and being set up for life vs. a meaningless bowl game? He'd be nuts to play.
     
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    Yep, me too.
     
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    McGahee played some good years in the NFL but he was never the same.
    That was a NC game against Ohio St.



    Like I have said this is Will Grier's choice not mine or not yours.
    You have to respect another man's decision even if you don't agree with it.
    Everyone wants to make their own decision but doesn't want someone else to.
    I think Will Grier has earned that right.
     
  40. Nova Mountaineer

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    He's leaving the team - okay - then he should be allowed to use any of the facilities in preparing
    for the NFL or Senior Bowl. If he wants to leave the Mountaineers - fine but there should
    be consequences.
     

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