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West Virginia QB Grier to skip bowl, prepare for NFL draft

West Virginia QB Grier to skip bowl, prepare for NFL draft

December 9th, 2018 by Associated Press in College Sports

In this Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018 file photo, West Virginia quarterback Will Grier warms up before an NCAA college football game against Iowa State in Ames, Iowa. No. 6 West Virginia and No. 12 Oklahoma meet Friday night in Morgantown, W.Va., with the winner earning a berth in the Big 12 championship game next week. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.—West Virginia quarterback Will Grier won't play for the 15th-ranked Mountaineers in the Camping World Bowl against No. 17 Syracuse, instead focusing on
preparation for the NFL draft.

Grier announced his
decision Saturday in a statement released by West Virginia.

The senior joins about
a dozen high-profile
college players who already have announced they will skip their team's bowl games.

The list includes Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver, LSU cornerback Greedy Williams, Arizona State receiver N'Keal Harry and Michigan defensive tackle Rashan Gary.

On Friday, West Virginia senior offensive tackle Yodny Cajuste announced he would not play in the bowl game.

Grier was a Heisman contender this season and a finalist for the Maxwell Award as player of the
year.

He averaged 351 yards passing and threw 37 touchdown passes.

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