West Virginia Mountaineers football

The Mountaineers are coming off an impressive 10-win season in 2016, which took Dana Holgorsen off the proverbial hot seat and landed the head coach an extension. But can he keep all the goodwill and momentum going in Morgantown? We get our first real look at the 2017 version of the Mountaineers in the West Virginia spring game on Saturday.

Here are 5 things to keep a close eye on heading into the West Virginia spring game, which will kick off at 1:00 on Saturday from Milan Puskar Stadium. Tickets are $10 each, but students get in for free.

1. How comfortable is new quarterback Will Grier?

Grier comes in as a highly-touted quarterback who is set to take over for the graduated Skyler Howard. The Florida transfer is getting rave reviews throughout spring camp and has been complimented for his arm strength, knowledge, and accuracy, with head coach Dana Holgorsen saying, “He can make tight throws. In red-zone offense, you have to make tight throws. That field gets shrunk, so you have to make tight throws. Will has the ability to make those throws.” 

Well, the fans will have their first chance to see those throws on Saturday. Grier spent last season on the scout team, but now he is working with a new offensive coordinator in Jake Spavital, which has the potential to be a really exciting combination.

Before Grier’s suspension for taking an over-the-counter supplement, he lead the Florida Gators to a 6-0 start in 2015 and into the top 10. He had 10 touchdowns and 1,204 yards passing, completed 65.8 percent of his 161 passes and threw just three interceptions.

If that’s the kind of player the Mountaineers are getting, the Big 12 needs to watch out.

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