West Virginia quarterback Will Grier will not play at Camping World Bowl against Syracuse on December 28th to focus on preparing the April NFL draft, the senior caller announced on Saturday in a tweet.
"After the discussions with Jeanne [Grier’s wife] and my family, and after receiving a professional interest, I decided not to participate in our next game of bowls, "he wrote in a statement," and focus on preparing myself and my family for what I hope is the next step of our journey. "
Grier is part of a growing NFL security trend looking for bowl presences to preserve their health. Current NFL stars Christian McCaffrey and Leonard Fournette have skipped postseason games at the end of their university careers. The Houston Ed Oliver defensive player is perhaps the best 2019 designer who has decided not to play a game of bowls this season. More than a dozen players have announced that they will skip the postseason games of their teams.
Grier is projected as the fourth quarterback in draft 2019, according to CBS, behind Oregon Justin Hebert, Dwayne Haskins of Ohio State and Daniel Jones of the Duke. It is the list number 41 in absolute. The last draft of Pro Football Focus provides that Grier is taken with the pick-up n. 29 of the New England Patriots, who will be on the market for a replacement for 41-year-old Tom Brady.
"Will and I have talked a lot about the bowl game, and I fully support his decision to start preparing for the draft of the NFL," Dana Holgorsen, Mountaineers Coach said in a statement. "While we will be in Orlando, Will's commitment and service to WVU Football in the last three years will be discussed for many years to come, guided us with class, hard work and willingness to learn, and has set a high standard for his teammates ".
In two years with the Mountaineers, after the transfer from Florida, Grier completed 516 passes on 785 for 7,354 yards and 71 touchdowns.
The transfer to Miami's second round, Jack Allison, will start in place of Grier, a contender for the Heisman Trophy who was also a finalist for the Maxwell Award, Manning Award and Walter Camp Football Foundation of the year, among other awards. Allison has seen shares in six games and completed 6 passes in 10 for 75 yards, a touchdown and an interception.
West Virginia will also be without Yidny Cajuste, who said he will miss the game in the bowl to prepare the draft.
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