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02/15/19 - (QB) - Jack Allison, rSo, 6-5, 203
West Virginia football coach Neal Brown said Wednesday that Jack Allison, Austin Kendall and Trey Lowe will all get a look to be the Mountaineers' starting quarterback next season. Everyone will get a fair shake in West Virginia's quarterback competition, but that doesn't mean it should be expected to drag on longer than necessary. Making an appearance on MetroNews Sportsline, new WVU coach Neal Brown discussed his philosophy for sorting through quarterback competitions dating back to his stint as Troy's offensive coordinator in 2008. "Every competition we've had going back to 2008, it's 'make a decision when it's clear,'" Brown said. "Don't try to trick the guys in that room."

All three scholarship quarterbacks on roster will have an opportunity to demonstrate their strengths this spring. Brown said he'll ask Jack Allison, Austin Kendall and Trey Lowe to each pick plays they feel most comfortable running. "Jack, tell me some pass plays you really liked. Austin, what were some of your favorite things at Oklahoma? Trey, what did you like as you learned the system and got comfortable last year?" Brown said. "You build your offense, as far as calling plays, around the quarterback and offensive line. We want use what our quarterbacks are most comfortable with and stuff that's worked for us in the past, as well. It's going to be kind of a group effort as far as forming what we're going to do." - The Dominion Post

01/29/19 - (QB) - Will Grier, rSr, 6-2, 218
Will Grier became a star quarterback at West Virginia, but knows NFL teams also want his take on what happened at Florida. It's something he's addressing with them this week at the Senior Bowl. Grier received a yearlong suspension in 2015 as a redshirt freshman for violating the NCAA's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. He wound up leaving Florida and landing with the Mountaineers. He says it "was an unfortunate thing that really hurt me. I poured my heart and soul into that program. I wanted to stay there. I poured my heart and soul into those teammates. I pride myself on outworking everybody, and it was really rough on me. I felt like I let my teammates down. " Grier says he has had "thousands of drug tests since then and never had another issue. It's not who I am, and I would never let my teammates down in any circumstances again. That's one of the things I learned." Grier is recovering from an ankle injury that led to him sitting out West Virginia's bowl game. He predicts it will be "full go" in time for the combine. - AP College Football

12/08/18 - (QB) - Will Grier, rSr, 6-2, 218
QB Will Grier will skip the Mountaineers' bowl game against Syracuse. Grier revealed his decision in a statement Saturday morning, explaining that he is bypassing the bowl game in order to prepare for the 2019 NFL Draft. Although a number of high-profile college players also are skipping bowl games for the season reason, Grier is the first quarterback to go that route. Grier, who guided West Virginia to an 8-3 overall mark and 6-3 record in the Big 12 during his senior season, received the backing of Mountaineers head coach Dana Holgorsen for his decision to skip the matchup versus Syracuse.

11/14/18 - (ILB) - *David Long Jr., rJr, 5-11, 230
The Mountaineers' leading tackler is coming off his best game of the season. He had four tackles for loss and three sacks in a rout of TCU last week. The fourth-year junior is undersized at 5-foot-11 and 221 pounds, but in the Big 12 his quickness allows him to stay on the field against spread offenses. Long, one of 10 semifinalists for the Butkus Award as the nation's best linebacker, is second in the nation in tackles for loss per game with 1.94 and the leader of the third-best defense (5.23 yards per play) in a conference where stops are hard to come by. What they are saying: "You can't block him. He keeps his feet. He keeps getting banged up and still makes tackles." - West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen. - AP College Football

11/10/18 - (QB) - Will Grier, rSr, 6-2, 218
Once No. 7 West Virginia's offense found a rhythm, the Mountaineers imposed their will on TCU. West Virginia scored three touchdowns in a 3:25 span late in the second quarter to break open a tie game and propel the Mountaineers to a 47-10 victory over the Horned Frogs on Saturday. Will Grier had touchdown throws of 32, 8 and 4 yards, the eighth time this season he's had at least three. Grier finished 25 of 39 for 343 yards on a breezy day. "I have a lot of respect for (TCU coach) Gary Patterson and that team. Controlling the tempo is huge," Grier said, adding that offensive coordinator Jake Spavital "did a great job of mixing it up and just us being on the same page."

West Virginia (8-1, 6-1 Big 12, No. 9 CFP) piled up 535 yards of offense against the injury-riddled Horned Frogs (4-6, 2-5) as it pursues a possible berth in the conference championship game with two regular-season games left. "Morale's good. Confidence is good. Work ethic is good. It's why we're winning," West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen said. "You're only as good as your next one, so these guys have to continue doing that." Four of West Virginia's six touchdown drives took less than 1:30. - AP College Football

11/05/18 - (QB) - Will Grier, rSr, 6-2, 218
NOV 5 BIG 12 OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Will Grier, QB, R-Sr., West Virginia,...Grier earned his fourth career Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week honor...Grier completed 28-of-42 passes for 346 yards and three touchdowns in West Virginia's 42-41 win at No. 17 Texas. The redshirt senior threw a 33-yard TD to Gary Jennings Jr. with seconds remaining in the fourth quarter and ran in the game-winning two-point conversion to give WVU the victory in Austin. - Big 12 Football

11/05/18 - (K) - Evan Staley, rSo, 6-0, 184
NOV 5 BIG 12 SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Evan Staley, K, R-So., West Virginia,...Staley tallied 10 points in West Virginia's 42-41 victory over Texas. He connected on a pair of field goals from 44 and 45 yards, while averaging 60.2 yards per kickoff. - Big 12 Football

11/04/18 - (QB) - Will Grier, rSr, 6-2, 218
No. 7 West Virginia re-entered the top 10 of The Associated Press college football poll after another weekend in which the number of ranked teams losing reached double digits. Unanimous No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Clemson and No. 3 Notre Dame remained unchanged, and No. 4 Michigan, No. 5 Georgia and No. 6 Oklahoma each moved up a spot. The Mountaineers surged from No. 12 after beating Texas on a go-ahead 2-point conversion in final minute. Ten ranked teams lost this weekend, four in games against other ranked teams. Over the last two weeks, 21 ranked teams have lost, the most over a two-week span since the AP poll expanded to 25 in 1989. Iowa State was ranked for the first time this season, one of five teams to move into the ranking this week. - AP College Football

11/03/18 - (QB) - Will Grier, rSr, 6-2, 218
West Virginia's Will Grier threw a 33-yard touchdown pass to Gary Jennings with 16 seconds left, and then ran in the 2-point conversion to send the 12th-ranked Mountaineers to a 42-41 win over No. 15 Texas. Grier broke his finger on a run to the pylon in the first quarter of a loss to Texas last year, and his game-winning run came on a similar scramble. But there was no defender near him this time as he held the ball up while crossing the goal line untouched.

The 2-point conversion came moments after Grier connected with David Sills. Texas had called timeout just before the ball was snapped so the Mountaineers had to line up again. Grier dropped back, took a step into the pocket, and then swung out to his left to break for the corner of the end zone. Grier drove the Mountaineers (7-1, 5-1 Big 12, No. 13 CFP) to the win after Texas grabbed a 41-34 lead on Sam Ehlinger's touchdown throw to Devin Duvernay with 2:34 to play. Grier finished with 346 yards passing and three touchdowns, two to Sills. Ehlinger passed for 356 yards and three scores and also ran for a touchdown for Texas (6-3, 4-2, No. 17 CFP), which has lost two in a row. - AP College Football

10/06/18 - (QB) - Will Grier, rSr, 6-2, 218
One messy game didn't diminish West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen's confidence in Heisman Trophy hopeful Will Grier. Grier's four turnovers overshadowed a four-touchdown performance in No. 9 West Virginia's 38-22 victory over Kansas on Saturday. West Virginia (5-0, 3-0 Big 12) has won its first five games for the second time in three seasons. "We'll take the sloppy win and go home," Holgorsen said. The heavily-favored Mountaineers had no trouble moving the ball, but Grier's efforts to throw into extra coverage near the goal line cost his team plenty of points.

Grier was intercepted three times in the first half either in the end zone or at the goal line, two of them by cornerback Hasan Defense. All three of Grier's interceptions occurred when West Virginia had driven inside the Kansas 15-yard line. "He has the confidence to make any throw and every throw," Holgorsen said. "That's why he's a hell of a quarterback, but those windows become small. I thought their defenders did a better job of attacking the ball than our receivers did." Kansas (2-4, 0-3) entered the game leading the Big 12 with eight interceptions, including three returned for touchdowns. - AP College Football

10/01/18 - (CB) - Keith Washington Jr., rJr, 6-0, 180
OCT 1 BIG 12 CO-NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK: Keith Washington, CB, R-Jr., West Virginia,...In his first start at WVU, Washington had a season-high seven total tackles, five solo tackles, three pass breakups and an interception. His 51-yard interception return touchdown sealed the Mountaineers' victory at No. 25 Texas Tech and earned him his first weekly recognition. - Big 12 Football

09/29/18 - (QB) - Will Grier, rSr, 6-2, 218
Will Grier sparked a 28-point first quarter for No. 12 West Virginia. Keith Washington ended any concern over a second-half collapse. Grier threw for 370 yards with three touchdowns, Washington returned an interception 51 yards for what amounted to a clinching score and the Mountaineers held on for a 42-34 win over 25th-ranked Texas Tech on Saturday. "I focused all week on starting fast," West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen said. "I guess I forgot to tell them there was a second half."

Marcus Simms had nine catches for a career-high 138 yards - all in the first half - for his third straight 100-yard game. The Mountaineers (4-0, 2-0 Big 12) had 382 yards at halftime while building a 35-10 lead. Texas Tech true freshman Alan Bowman, the nation's leading passer coming in, didn't return after getting injured in the first half when he was sandwiched on hits by Ezekiel Rose and Washington as he threw a pass. - AP College Football

09/26/18 - (WR) - David Sills V, Sr, 6-3, 210
WR David Sills V is off to a flying start this year with 19 catches for 246 yards and five touchdowns over the first three games. He's a prototype slot receiver who can make the big catches over the middle and handle one-on-one hand-play with defensive backs.

09/25/18 - (QB) - Will Grier, rSr, 6-2, 218
SEPT 3 BIG 12 FOOTBALL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Will Grier, QB, Sr., West Virginia,...Grier completed 25 passes for 429 yards and a career-high five TDs in WVU's 40-14 victory over Tennessee. The weekly honor is the second for Grier in his career. On Sunday, he was named the Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week. - Big 12 Football

09/24/18 - (QB) - Will Grier, rSr, 6-2, 218
SEPT 24 BIG 12 OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Will Grier, QB, R-Sr., West Virginia,...Grier completed 25 passes for 356 yards and connected for five TDs for a program-record fifth time in WVU's 35-6 win over K-State. The offensive honor is the second for Grier in his career. - Big 12 Football

09/08/18 - (QB) - Will Grier, rSr, 6-2, 218
Will Grier threw three of his four touchdown passes to Gary Jennings to lead No. 14 West Virginia to a 52-17 victory over Youngstown State on Saturday night. The Mountaineers (2-0) piled up 625 total yards in winning their 15th straight home opener. Jennings led West Virginia with 97 catches for 1,096 yards a year ago, but had just one TD catch the entire season. He got plenty of attention from Grier on Saturday, boosting his total to four scores in two games. "It was good to see him get in the end zone," West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen said. Jennings had a 33-yard TD catch in the third quarter after scores of 11 and 24 yards in the second. Grier also had a 40-yard scoring toss to Dominique Maiden in the fourth quarter. Grier completed 21 of 26 passes for 332 yards. - AP College Football

09/04/18 - (QB) - Will Grier, rSr, 6-2, 218
SEPT 3 WALTER CAMP NATIONAL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: WILL GRIER, WEST VIRGINIA, Redshirt Senior, Quarterback, Charlotte, NC/Davidson Day School...Will Grier led West Virginia to a 40-14 win over SEC opponent Tennessee in their first-ever meeting, completing 73.5 percent of his passes (25-of-34) for a career-high 429 yards and tied his career best with five touchdown passes. Grier completed passes to 11 different Mountaineer receivers. Will Grier is the seventh West Virginia player to earn Walter Camp Player of the Week honors since 2004 and the sixth Mountaineer offensive honoree and the first since quarterback Clint Trickett, Sept. 14, 2014. - The Walter Camp Football Foundation

08/29/18 - (WR) - David Sills V, Sr, 6-3, 210
WR David Sills V was in his first full season as a wideout last year and produced some prodigious offensive stats (60 catches, 980 yards and 18 touchdowns). He's one of two West Virginia players (QB Will Grier is the other) named to the AP preseason All-America team. He's a prototype slot receiver who can make the big catches over the middle and handle one-on-one hand-play with defensive backs.

07/07/18 - (QB) - Will Grier, rSr, 6-2, 218
QB Will Grier is being promoted for the 2018 Heisman Trophy. The Mountaineers are going all out by launching a website devoted to hype his candidacy. The university touted the website -- http://www.grier7heisman.com -- on its athletics website along with the accompanying hashtag "willtowin." Grier, who started his college career at the University of Florida, passed for 3,490 yards and 34 touchdowns against 12 interceptions for West Virginia in 2017. A dislocated finger on his throwing hand, sustained Nov. 18 against Texas, forced Grier to sit out the regular-season finale against Oklahoma and the Heart of Dallas Bowl matchup against Utah on Dec. 26.

07/06/18 - (DE) - Adam Shuler II, rJr, 6-3, 268
DL Adam Shuler has yet to enroll at the University of Florida nearly a month after announcing he was transferring from West Virginia. Shuler was not listed on the Gators' latest updated roster because he is not enrolled in the school's Summer B program, which started on Monday, the Gainesville Sun reported. A 6-foot-4, 275-pounder who appeared in 12 games for the Mountaineers in 2017, Shuler announced he was headed to Florida on his Twitter account on June 11.

05/12/18 - (DE) - Jabril Robinson, rSr, 6-2, 270
DT Jabril Robinson of Clemson announced that he is transferring to West Virginia. The 6-2, 270-pound Robinson will be eligible to play immediately because he is a graduate transfer. He played in 11 games and had 19 tackles last season while rotating on Clemson's formidable defensive line. Robinson is the second grad transfer West Virginia has added to its defensive front since last season, joining defensive tackle Kenny Bigelow, who came from USC. Bigelow and Robinson will help replace 2017 freshman All-America defensive tackle Lamonte McDougle, who quit the team and announced he will transfer.

04/07/18 - (CB) - Denzel Fisher, rSr, 6-0, 175
CB Denzel Fisher announced Saturday that he was transferring to West Virginia from UCLA as a graduate student. Fisher will be eligible immediately and has one year remaining. In 23 games for UCLA in three seasons, Fisher has 30 tackles and four pass breakups in 23 career games. Last year, Fisher started seven games for the Bruins.

03/31/18 - (DT) - Kenny Bigelow Jr, rSr, 6-3, 307
Former USC DT Kenny Bigelow announced Saturday he is transferring to West Virginia. Because Bigelow is a graduate transfer, he is eligible to play this season for the Mountaineers. Bigelow was recently granted a sixth year of eligibility due to multiple injuries that kept him off the field. "Thankful for this opportunity and excited about the next chapter @WVUfootball," Bigelow posted on Twitter Saturday.

01/29/18 - (DE) - Jabril Robinson, rSr, 6-2, 270
Clemson reserve defensive tackle Jabril Robinson is leaving the program for his final season. Robinson announced his decision Monday on the team's Twitter feed. He said he's grateful for his development, both on and off the field, during his four years at Clemson, but felt he would have a better opportunity for playing time elsewhere. With the return of starting tackles Christian Wilkins and Dexter Lawrence, along with key reserve Albert Huggins, there appeared to be little space for the 6-foot-2, 270-pound redshirt junior to make a mark next fall. Robinson is the third Clemson player to leave the program this offseason. Quarterbacks Zerrick Cooper and Tucker Israel also transferred. - AP College Football

01/20/18 - (WR) - David Sills V, Sr, 6-3, 210
NFL Early Entries: College Winners and Losers: Winner -- WEST VIRGINIA: The Mountaineers benefited from two early decisions that will give them one of the top pass-catch combinations in the nation. Quarterback Will Grier and receiver David Sills V (tied for the national lead in 2017 with 18 touchdown receptions) will be back for coach Dana Holgersen. - Anthony Gimino, The Sports Xchange

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