West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen spoke with Campus Insiders about quarterback Will Grier’s eligibility with the Mountaineers.
It’s a wait-and-see game for the Mountaineers at this point.
Quarterback Will Grier, who announced he’d be transferring to West Virginia from Florida in April, is currently appealing a suspension from the NCAA that would keep him out for a calendar year after he violated its banned substances policy in the 2015 season while a member of the Gators.
With senior quarterback Skyler Howard on the way out, West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen will be searching for a replacement after this season, and Grier is believed to be the guy — depending on when he’s allowed to play.
Holgorsen spoke with Campus Insiders at Big 12 Media Days and broke down where the situation with Grier currently lies.
“We’re not gonna know for sure here for a little while. Will’s on campus. He’s in school. He’s in meetings. He’s paying attention. He’s learning. He’s soaking things in,” Holgorsen said. “A year off is gonna be good for him to be able to learn the system, get to know some of the players a little bit.”
As a redshirt freshman last season, Grier beat out then-sophomore Treon Harris for the starting job before ultimately being suspended prior to Florida’s game at LSU in October.
It was reported the reason why Grier chose to leave the program was because the coaching staff would not guarantee he’d be the starter upon his return.
With redshirt sophomore Luke Del Rio being eligible in 2016 and true freshmen Feleipe Franks and Kyle Trask on the way in, Jim McElwain and his coaching staff didn’t want to put the cart before the horse.
Thus, Grier became a Mountaineer and enrolled in classes in May.
Had Grier stayed in Gainesville, the suspension would have kept him out of the first six games of the 2016 season. If the appeal is granted, Grier will likely be ready to go for Week 1 of the 2017 season, which Holgorsen believes will be the case.
“I’m confident that he’ll be able to be eligible [for] game one [of 2017],” he said.
Through six games in 2015, Grier completed 65.6 percent of his passes for 10 touchdowns. Grier is currently sitting out the 2016 season due to NCAA transfer rules.