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West Virginia QB Will Grier Will Return To School For 2018 Season

Will Grier diving into the end zone

LAWRENCE, KS - SEPTEMBER 23: Quarterback Will Grier #7 of the West Virginia Mountaineers dives into the end zone for a touchdown against the Kansas Jayhawks in the fourth quarter at Memorial Stadium on September 23, 2017 in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

The Mountaineers received good news regarding quarterback Will Grier this afternoon.

West Virginia will have its quarterback back in 2018.

Will Grier announced today that he will be returning to Morgantown for the 2018 season. The 2017 Big 12 Newcomer of the Year had considered declaring for the NFL Draft after throwing for 3,490 yards and 34 touchdowns.

"Will's decision to return next year certainly makes it a great day for West Virginia football," WVU Head Coach Dana Holgorsen said. "He is a great leader for our program, and I know our fans enjoy watching his talents on the football field. His teammates and the coaching staff are certainly looking forward to his return, and this is positive news for all involved."

Grier also released a statement on his decision.

"After much prayer and consultation with my family and coaches, I have decided to return to WVU for my senior season," Grier said. "There is still a great deal that I want this team to accomplish and I look forward to helping lead us to success in 2018. I am completely focused and looking forward to building off the success we had this year and want to do even greater things next year. West Virginia is my home, and I couldn't be more excited about the future here."

Grier began his career at Florida in 2014, when he redshirted. The following season, Grier was off to a fast start, throwing for 1,204 yards and 10 touchdowns before a suspension for performance-enhancing drugs ended his season and left him facing a one-year ban.

After transferring to West Virginia, Grier sat out the 2016 season and then assumed a starting role this fall.

West Virginia will conclude its season in the Heart of Dallas Bowl on Dec. 26. ESPN will broadcast the contest at 1:30 p.m. ET.