Will Grier: West Virginia QB skips Camping World Bowl against Syracuse - Yahoo Sports

Will Grier: West Virginia QB skips Camping World Bowl against Syracuse - Yahoo Sports

West Virginia quarterback Will Grier will not play in the team's cauldron but will focus on preparing for NFL preparation.

Grier, a finalist for the Maxwell Award, is the first healthy, high profile quarterback to skip a bowl game to prepare for the NFL. He announced his decision on Saturday through school. As part of the announcement, he wrote a short letter to the fans of West Virginia.

Dear mountaineer family:

"Since we arrived in Morgantown, Jeanne and I have been welcomed into the mountaineer family, and together with Eloise, we have been blessed by the support and love of so many people. I hope that in return you know that I gave everything and worked hard every day to help our football program and our university.

"We did not win every time we took the field, and I take that responsibility, but I can assure you that we tried. Following discussions with Jeanne and my family and with professional input, I have decided not to attend our upcoming bowl game and to focus on preparing myself and my family for the next step in our journey. I would like to thank Coach Holgorsen, Coach Spavital, and all of our coaches for believing in me, and especially my teammates, who are now lifelong friends who have taught me the true meaning of TEAM.

"It was an honor for me to wear the WVU uniform, and I sincerely thank all Mountaineer Nation for allowing my family and me to be special. Rural roads, take me home … "

Grier became one of the most prolific quarterbacks in college football after leaving Florida in the 2015 season. Grier was suspended after a positive test for a banned substance and left the Gators and moved north to Morgantown.

Grier has thrown over 7000 meters in two seasons

At the start of the 2017 season, he took over the starting quarter of West Virginia and threw in 11 games almost 3,500 yards and 34 touchdowns. He had a broken finger against Texas and missed the season finale of the team against Oklahoma in 2017 as well as the appearance of West Virginia in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.

Grier was even better in 2018. He completed 67 percent of his passes, scored an average of almost 10 meters and threw in the eleven games of the team just under 3,900 meters. Grier would have gone 4,000 yards – and would have been one of only four quarterbacks in College Football in 2018 – if West Virginia had not canceled the game against NC State due to a hurricane.

Grier will be one of the top QBs in the 2019 draft

Skipping a bowl game has become increasingly common since Stanford Christian McCaffrey jumped over the Sun Bowl after the 2016 season. In that game that McCaffrey had missed, Stanford quarterback Keller Chryst suffered a torn ACL.

While players like LSU CB Greedy Williams, Houston DT Ed Oliver and Oregon RB Royce Freeman have followed McCaffrey's lead, the quarterbacks have decided to continue playing when they are fully recovered. UCLA QB Josh Rosen did not play in the team's Cactus Bowl game a year ago, although he was dealing with the aftermath of a concussion on November 24th. Rosen was selected by the Arizona Cardinals in the first round of the 2018 NFL draft.

Grier may not be a top 10 selection. But with a confused class of quarterbacks – there's no clear favorite at the moment – it's understandable that he does not want to risk injury in a meaningless game for West Virginia. Grier has the opportunity to go into the first round with strong training sessions in the coming months. There is no need to reset his preparation for these training sessions.

Grier could also set a precedent, not only for his team-mates from West Virginia this season, but also for the upcoming quarterbacks. It only took two years for McCaffrey's decision to be heavily criticized and accepted, and it's easy to see how capable quarterbacks could see what Grier did and would do in the years to come if their teams did not play in a big boiler game ,

A day before Grier's announcement, OLD Yodny Cajuste of West Virginia said he would not play in the team's bowl game. He was an all-big-12 pick. There is still no news as to whether the big receivers Gary Jennings and David Sills will also be playing against Syracuse at the December 28 Camping World Bowl. The two combined for over 1,800 yards reception and 28 touchdowns.

With Grier preparing for the NFL, Jack Allison will be racing for the Mountaineers against the Orange. Allison threw only 10 passes in 2018.

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