WVU’s Grier a Candidate for Heisman

MORGANTOWN — The last time West Virginia University had a preseason Heisman hopeful lining up at quarterback, Major Harris led it to an undefeated regular season and a showdown with the University of Notre Dame in the national championship game.

Fast forward to the present and now fans will get an opportunity to witness another Mountaineers signal-caller, Will Grier, attempt to bring that elusive trophy to the Mountain State.

“It’s great for the university,” Grier said during Thursday’s media meeting. “I’d love to bring a Heisman here to Morgantown, that would be awesome.

“The main thing that I am focused on is just trying to go 1-0 every week and win games. We have a special team and a special group of coaches. My main goal is to win, and that stuff will take care of itself. Like I said, it would be great to bring a Heisman back to Morgantown.”

For now, however, Grier must focus on doing things to bond the 85 scholarship players and 30-to-40 walk-ons into a cohesive unit that can run a 2018 gamut that includes an opener against the University of Tennessee at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C., a road game at North Carolina State two weeks later and a Big 12 schedule that concludes with the Mountaineers playing host to defending champion Oklahoma during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

“It’s great. Just building off what we did last year. The chemistry is obviously there when you have guys that are experienced and guys that you have played with that is always a good thing. I have a good group of guys,” Grier said of his receivers. ”They are good people, they work hard, they are fun to be around, we enjoy getting better together. We push each other. That’s a great group, it’s really an awesome group to work with. So, it’s been fun.”

It’s a group that will be minus Ka’Raun White but returns seniors Gary Jennings Jr. and David Sills V as well as junior Marcus Simms and a bunch of newcomers.

“There are some young guys that came in that are impressive. A lot of guys right now,” Grier said. ”It’s hard until you really get pads on and get out in camp and stuff like that. Some of these young guys at all positions are really going to be able to help us. I’ve been impressed with the freshman class as a whole.

”Obviously, we have gotten some good transfers in that have some experience. Those guys are going to be good. We are going to be able to tell in camp when the whole team is here moving forward with what we got. A lot of people are excited with what we have, and I am really looking forward to it. Receiving-wise, in particular, it’s nice to have more numbers out there just in these summer workouts. We went from probably, eight, nine, 10 guys in the spring to four-deep at every position. Just having more bodies out there is nice. Guys rotating in. I’m excited about that whole group. When you have guys like David, Gary, Marcus and (redshirt sophomore wide receiver) T.J. (Simmons), to watch, they have a good group of mentors and guys that can really play the position at a high level. They will learn quickly behind those guys so I’m excited about that group.”

And, if Grier is to have any chance of hearing his name called to the podium in December, those players, as well as the entire offense, will have to do their jobs.