Grier Is Gone

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Will Grier has played his last game as a West Virginia Mountaineer because the senior has decided to skip the Camping World Bowl to begin preparations for the NFL Draft.

Grier released a statement Saturday via the athletic department’s website:

Dear Mountaineer Family:

“Since arriving in Morgantown, Jeanne and I have been welcomed into the Mountaineer Family and we, along with Eloise, have been so blessed by the support and love of so many. I hope that, in return, you know that I have given my all and worked hard each and every day to help our football program and University.

“While we did not win every time we took the field, and I shoulder that responsibility, I can assure you that we tried. After discussions with Jeanne and my family, and after receiving professional input, I have decided not to participate in our upcoming bowl game and focus on preparing myself and my family for what I hope is the next step in our journey. I want to thank Coach Holgorsen, Coach Spavital and all of our coaches for believing in me and, most importantly, to my teammates, who are now lifelong friends who taught me the true meaning of TEAM.

“It has been an honor to wear the WVU uniform, and I sincerely thank all of Mountaineer Nation for allowing my family and I to be a part of something so special. Country roads, take me home…”

Grier now is the second Mountaineers in as many days to announce he was skipping the bowl game. Yodny Cajuste did that on Friday.

Early mock drafts have Grier as a second round draft pick and he threw for just over 70 touchdowns as WVU's quarterback.