Grier focused on wins

WVU QB puts team goals ahead of individual honors

Photo courtesy of West Virginia University Heisman Trophy candidate Will Grier is more worried about victories than individual honors as he enters his senior season at WVU.

MORGANTOWN – West Virginia University officially unveiled a website this past Saturday to launch senior quarterback Will Grier’s Heisman Trophy campaign.

But for Grier, winning comes first as the Mountaineers are gearing up for the start of fall practices next month.

“It would be awesome to bring a Heisman to Morgantown,” Grier said during a recent break in summer workouts. “But the main thing I’m 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 (other) stuff will take care of itself.”

Grier and is offensive teammates are getting plenty of pre-season hype.

That’s expected, however, after the Florida transfer threw for 3,500 yards and 34 scores in his first year under center for the Mountaineers before a finger injury late in the season against Texas ended his season.

Grier will be throwing to arguably one of the top receiving groups in the nation as the likes of All-American David Sills, Gary Jennings Jr. and Marcus Simms are back, along with the arrival of Alabama transfer T.J. Simmons and a host of talented freshmen.

“I have a good group of guys,” Grier said of the receivers. “They are good people, they work hard, they are fun to be around and we enjoy getting better together.

“The chemistry is obviously there when you have guys that are experienced.”

Grier said several newcomers, including Simmons, should make depth at that position much stronger in 2018.

“It is nice to have more numbers out there just in these summer workouts,” Grier said. “We went from (having) eight, nine or 10 guys in the spring to four deep at every position. Just having more bodies out there is nice.”

Grier, Sills, linebacker David Long Jr., safety Dravon Askew-Henry and offensive lineman Yodny Cajuste are expected to join head coach Dana Holgorsen at the Big 12 Conference Football Media Days, which take place Monday and Tuesday in Frisco, Texas.