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Top opponents for Texas in 2017, No. 20: West Virginia QB Will Grier

Posted August 13th, 2017

The countdown to kickoff is on. Over the 100 days before Texas takes on Maryland, we’re counting down the 100 best players the Longhorns will face in 2017. This series is all about impressing your friends at pregame tailgates and watch parties, so grab a notepad and buckle up.

Who is he?

Will Grier? The West Virginia quarterback’s name doubles as the question on everybody’s mind when discussing the 2017 Mountaineers. Will Grier be as good as he was at Florida? Will Grier be rusty after sitting out all of last season? Will Grier be enough to overcome West Virginia’s overhauled roster? Will Grier?

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So is Grier really worth all the hype? Consider this: In six games at Florida, he completed 65.8 percent of his passes for 1,204 yards, 10 touchdowns and three interceptions. The Gators, 7-5 the year before, started the year 6-0 and finished 4-4 without him. Even after he was suspended for using performance-enhancing drugs, he had offers from some of the best programs in the country. So yeah, there’s some merit there.

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What should the Longhorns watch for?

Grier is an instant upgrade over last year’s starter Skyler Howard, who had back-to-back 3,000-yard passing seasons in West Virginia’s offense. It’s also worth noting that in addition to Grier, West Virginia has a new play-caller in offensive coordinator Jake Spavital. In his only season at Cal, Spavital called the plays as Bears quarterback Davis Webb racked up 4,295 yards and 37 touchdowns.

Will Grier be enough?

In addition to Grier, the Mountaineers have a deep backfield led by the Big 12’s top returning rusher Justin Crawford (1,184 yards). After that, things get pretty thin. West Virginia has only nine returning starters, total. They lost their top two receivers from last year, and that unit could get even thinner. As of Aug. 9, Jovon Durante had not reported to camp. With so much youth and inexperience, it’s difficult to imagine the Mountaineers matching their 10-3 campaign from last year — no matter how good Grier is.

Catch up on the series

No. 100: Joel Lanning

No. 99: Tony Nicholson

No. 98: Da’Leon Ward

No. 97: Taylor Martin

No. 96: Kyler Murray

No. 95: Davion Hall

No. 94: Mike Warren

No. 93: Al-Rasheed Benton

No. 92: Carter Stanley

No. 91: Chris Bradley

No. 90: Justin Holmes

No. 89: Alex Barnes

No. 88: Daniel Wise

No. 87: Jesse Aniebonam

No. 86: Cole Walterscheid

No. 85: Shane Cockerille

No. 84: Martell Pettaway

No. 83: David Long

No. 82: Niko Small

No. 81: Cameron Batson

No. 80: Mike Lee

No. 79: Marcelias Sutton

No. 78: Carlos Strickland

No. 77: Anu Solomon

No. 76: Deshaunte Jones

No. 75: Byron Pringle

No. 74: LaQuvionte Gonzalez

No. 73: Zach Sinor

No. 72: Derrick Willies

No. 71: David Montgomery

No. 70: Dylan Cantrell

No. 69: Matt Boermeester

No. 68: Nick Orr

No. 67: Zach Smith

No. 66: Chad Whitener

No. 65: D.J. Moore

No. 64: Jermaine Carter Jr.

No. 63: Ty Summers

No. 62: Jacob Park

No. 61: Daylon Charlot

No. 60: Brendan Moore

No. 59: Brian Peavy

No. 58: Chris Hawkins

No. 57: Ty Johnson

No. 56: Dravon Askew-Henry

No. 55: Michael Pittman Jr.

No. 54: Hakeem Adeniji

No. 53: K.J. Smith

No. 52: JaMycal Hasty

No. 51: Steven Sims Jr.

No. 50: Taylor Young

No. 49: Joseph Noteboom

No. 48: Kenny Hill

No. 47: Jeff Badet

No. 46: Tre Flowers

No. 45: Kennedy McKoy

No. 44: Bobby Evans

No. 43: Austin Seibert

No. 42: Patrick Lawrence

No. 41: Winston Dimel

No. 40: Terence Williams

No. 39: Will Geary

No. 38: Kyzir White

No. 37: Tyron Johnson

No. 36: Nic Shimonek

No. 35: Taj Williams

No. 34: Keke Coutee

No. 33: Reggie Walker

No. 32: Rodney Anderson

No. 31: Jesse Ertz

No. 30: D.J. Reed

No. 29: Andre Chachere

No. 28: Kyle Hicks

No. 27: Marcell Ateman

No. 26: Jake Campos

No. 25: Travin Howard

No. 24: Kamari Cotton-Moya

No. 23: KaVontae Turpin

No. 22: Zach Crabtree

No. 21: Chuma Edoga

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