Well-traveled QB Gardner Minshew hoping to find NFL home
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Gardner Minshew carved his own meandering path from walk-on to NFL prospect.
He began as a walk-on at Troy, took a sharp left to junior college, bounced over to East Carolina, made a beeline toward Alabama and finally ended with one terrific final season at Washington State.
"I kind of took the long way around," Minshew said Tuesday.
The Latest: Grier says he would never let teammates down
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on the Senior Bowl (all times local):
Will Grier became a star quarterback at West Virginia, but knows NFL teams also want his take on what happened at Florida.
It's something he's addressing with them this week at the Senior Bowl.
Grier received a yearlong suspension in 2015 as a redshirt freshman for violating the NCAA's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. He wound up leaving Florida and landing with the Mountaineers.
All eyes on Dungey, as Syracuse faces off with West Virginia
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — It's easy to tell that West Virginia has plenty of respect for Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey, since at least one of the Mountaineers compared him to Will Grier.
Some players skip bowls with bonuses at stake for coaches
Dana Holgorsen can earn a $25,000 bonus if West Virginia beats Syracuse next week in the Camping World Bowl, a game the Mountaineers will play without star quarterback Will Grier and left tackle Yodny Cajuste.
Dave Doeren's contract with North Carolina State calls for him to receive a $50,000 bonus if the Wolfpack beat Texas A&M in the Gator Bowl. N.C. State's best players on either side of the ball (receiver Kelvin Harmon and linebacker Germaine Pratt) will not play.
West Virginia QB Grier to skip bowl, prepare for NFL draft
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — 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 Latest: Tagovailoa leads Murray 2-1 in POY awards
ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on the college football awards show (all times local):
Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa topped Oklahoma's Kyler Murray in college football player of the year awards on Thursday, 2-1. Tagovailoa won the Walter Camp and Maxwell awards and Murray was named AP Player of the Year. Murray also won the Davey O'Brien as top quarterback. Tagovailoa was a finalists for that, too.
AP top player Murray adds O’Brien; Tua wins Camp
ATLANTA (AP) — AP player of the year Kyler Murray adds the Davey O'Brien Award as the nation's top quarterback as ESPN's College Football Awards show in Atlanta began. But right before the show started it was announced that Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa won the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award.
The last five winners of the Walter Camp have gone on to win the Heisman, but only five Heisman winners have failed to win AP Player of the Year since the award started in 1998.
The Latest: AP top player Murray adds O’Brien; Tua wins Camp
ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on college football awards Thursday night (all times local):
AP player of the year Kyler Murray adds the Davey O'Brien Award as the nation's top quarterback as ESPN's College Football Awards show in Atlanta began. But right before the show started it was announced that Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa won the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award.
Camping World Bowl has No. 15 West Virginia, No. 17 Syracuse
No. 17 Syracuse (9-3, Atlantic Coast Conference, No. 20 College Football Playoff) vs. No. 15 West Virginia (8-3, Big 12, No. 16 CFP), Dec. 28, 5:15 p.m. ET
LOCATION: Orlando, Florida
Syracuse: QB Eric Dungey, 205 of 341 for 2,565 yards with 17 touchdown passes and seven interceptions. 167 carries for 732 yards and 15 touchdowns.
West Virginia: QB Will Grier, 266 of 397 for 3,864 yards with 37 touchdown passes and eight interceptions.
Tagovailoa, Murray among 5 finalists for Camp player of year
Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray are among the five finalists named Wednesday for the Walter Camp national player of the award.
Joining the two Heisman Trophy contenders as finalists are West Virginia quarterback Will Grier, Washington State quarterback Gardner Minshew and Kentucky linebacker Josh Allen.
Title game berth on line with No. 6 Oklahoma at No. 12 WVU
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — No. 6 Oklahoma against No. 12 West Virginia gives Heisman Trophy hopefuls Kyler Murray and Will Grier the chance to make perhaps one final impression.
The Big 12's top two scoring offenses will battle Friday night for the right to go to next week's Big 12 championship game. There could be a rematch next week depending on how other games play out.
Oklahoma-WVU winner to Big 12 title game; Texas in with win
Some things to know about the final weekend of the regular season in the Big 12 Conference. Two games Friday should determine who plays in the league's championship game, and three games Saturday will determine bowl eligibility for four teams:
Grier looks for win in final home game for No. 12 WVU
West Virginia quarterback Will Grier finally is getting his shot at playing Oklahoma.
Grier missed last year's meeting with a broken finger and the Mountaineers were blown out in Norman, Oklahoma. The senior will play his final home game Friday and can send No. 12 West Virginia (8-2, 6-2 Big 12) into the Dec. 1 league championship game with a win over the sixth-ranked Sooners (10-1, 7-1).
"It's all you can ask for," Grier said. "It's going to be fun."
Oklahoma defense struggling heading into W. Virginia game
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Every week, the story seems the same — Oklahoma gives up a ton of points, yet Heisman contender Kyler Murray puts up crazy numbers and the Sooners pull out a victory.
Tagovailoa, Murray finalists for 2 college football awards
Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray, Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams and Clemson defensive tackle Christian Wilkins were each named finalists for two of the nine awards to be presented Dec. 6 at the ESPN college Football Awards Show at the Hall of Fame in Atlanta.
No. 7 West Virginia tries to stay atop Big 12 standings
No. 7 West Virginia (8-1, 6-1 Big 12, No. 9 CFP) at Oklahoma State (5-5, 2-5), 3:30 p.m. EST (ABC)
Grier throws for 3 TDs, No. 7 West Virginia beats TCU 47-10
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Once No. 7 West Virginia's offense found a rhythm, the Mountaineers imposed their will on TCU.
West Virginia scored three touchdowns in a 3:25 span late in the second quarter to break open a tie game and propel the Mountaineers to a 47-10 victory over the Horned Frogs on Saturday.
Will Grier had touchdown throws of 32, 8 and 4 yards, the eighth time this season he's had at least three. Grier finished 25 of 39 for 343 yards on a breezy day.
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No. 7 West Virginia tries to stay in 1st in Big 12 vs. TCU
TCU (4-5, 2-4 Big 12) at No. 7 West Virginia (7-1, 5-1, No. 9 CFP), noon EST (FS1)
Line: West Virginia by 11½.
Series record: TCU leads 4-3.
WHAT'S AT STAKE?
West Virginia is tied for first place with Oklahoma and can move a step closer to a berth in the Big 12 championship game. TCU needs to win two of its last three games to become bowl eligible.
No. 7 Mountaineers like the view from on top of the Big 12
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — West Virginia likes this view: The Mountaineers are tied with Oklahoma for first place in the Big 12 Conference with three games left in the regular season.
The Sooners have seen this view before, but it's a whole new world for West Virginia in early November.
Grier 2-point conversion run sends West Virginia over Texas
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The last time West Virginia quarterback Will Grier ran for the corner of the end zone against Texas, a dive resulted in a gnarly broken finger that ended his season.
He stayed upright this time, untouched as he scrambled for a 2-point conversion that gave No. 12 West Virginia a 42-41 win at No. 15 Texas on Saturday that kept the Mountaineers in first in the Big 12 as they try for their first conference championship.
No. 12 West Virginia, No. 17 Texas meet for 1st in Big 12
No. 12 West Virginia (6-1, 4-1 Big 12, No. 13 CFP) at No. 15 Texas (6-2, 4-1, No. 17 CFP ), 3:30 p.m. EDT (Fox)
Line: Texas by 2.
Series record: West Virginia leads 4-3.
WHAT'S AT STAKE?
Both teams need a win to stay in first place in the Big 12 and control their own destiny for the conference title game. Texas is coming off a loss that broke a six-game win streak. West Virginia rebounded from its only loss with a romp over Baylor last week.
No. 12 WVU at No. 15 Texas in matchup of Big 12 co-leaders
Some things to know about Week 10 in the Big 12 Conference:
Grier, West Virginia set for Top 25 Big 12 matchup at Texas
A mangled finger. A season ended. Will Grier sees a matchup with No. 15 Texas not as a chance for redemption against a team he was injured against a year ago, but rather the next opportunity for No. 12 West Virginia as it tries to reach the Big 12 championship game.
Grier broke the middle finger on his throwing hand when he dove for the end-zone pylon in the Mountaineers' 28-14 loss to the Longhorns in Morgantown.
No. 13 WVU uses 31-point second quarter to beat Baylor 58-14
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — No. 13 West Virginia was determined to make up for being embarrassed in its last game on the road.
Will Grier threw three touchdown passes and the Mountaineers used a big second quarter to cruise to a 58-14 victory over Baylor on Thursday night.
The Mountaineers (6-1, 4-1 Big 12) bounced back from a blowout loss at Iowa State with arguably its top performance of the season on offense and one of its best on defense.
Coming off first loss, No. 13 West Virginia takes on Baylor
Baylor (4-3, 2-2 Big 12) at No. 13 West Virginia (5-1, 3-1), Thursday, 7 p.m. ET (FS1).
Surprising Texas, Murray among Big 12′s midpoint best
There is a Big 12 surprise deep in the heart of Texas.
Since the Longhorns lost their season opener to Maryland for the second year in a row, coach Tom Herman's team has a six-game winning streak and is ranked in the top 10 after September for the first time since 2009 — when they were the national runner-up after winning their last Big 12 title.
No longer unbeaten, No. 13 WVU gets a week off to fix gaffes
A bye week for No. 13 West Virginia coincides with saying so long to some lofty goals.
An undefeated season. A shot, for now, of reaching the College Football Playoff. And likely the Heisman Trophy aspirations of quarterback Will Grier.
The Mountaineers were thoroughly outplayed in a 30-14 loss at Iowa State last Saturday, capped by getting caught up in the middle of thousands of Cyclones fans storming the field.
Iowa State bounces back after bad start, crushes WVU
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State spent much of last season as college football's plucky underdog.
After a strange and sluggish start to 2018, the Cyclones appear ready to burst back onto the national scene — and they looked more dominant than endearing in throttling then-No. 6 West Virginia.
No. 6 West Virginia looks to avoid upset at Iowa State
No. 6 West Virginia (5-0, 3-0 Big 12) at Iowa State (2-3, 1-2), 7 p.m. ET (FS1).
Line: West Virginia by 6½.
Series record: West Virginia leads 5-1.
WHAT'S AT STAKE?
This could be a tough one for league-leading West Virginia, which will look to avoid losing in Ames as an unbeaten top-10 team — like TCU did a year ago. An upset win would put Iowa State back in the mix for the second spot in the Big 12 title game.
No. 6 West Virginia to Iowa St as Big 12′s last undefeated
Some things to know about Week 6 in the Big 12 Conference:
Grier has 4 TDs, 4 turnovers, No. 9 WVU beats Kansas 38-22
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — One messy game didn't diminish West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen's confidence in Heisman Trophy hopeful Will Grier.
Grier's four turnovers overshadowed a four-touchdown performance in No. 9 West Virginia's 38-22 victory over Kansas on Saturday.
West Virginia (5-0, 3-0 Big 12) has won its first five games for the second time in three seasons.
"We'll take the sloppy win and go home," Holgorsen said.
No. 9 West Virginia hosts Kansas, looks to remain unbeaten
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen knew he had two of the Big 12's top wide receivers entering the 2018 season in David Sills V and Gary Jennings.
At the moment, though, it's junior Marcus Simms putting together a breakout year.
Simms will go after his fourth straight 100-yard receiving performance on Saturday when No. 9 West Virginia (4-0, 2-0 Big 12) hosts Kansas (2-3, 0-2).
After 2nd half lull, WVU’s Grier looks to improve vs Kansas
Will Grier added to his Heisman Trophy campaign resume with an impressive first half against Texas Tech. The rest of the game was a bust.
Grier is looking to have a better start-to-finish at home Saturday when No. 9 West Virginia (4-0, 2-0 Big 12) takes on Kansas (2-3, 0-2).
Grier, No. 12 WVU hold on to beat No. 25 Texas Tech, 42-34
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Will Grier sparked a 28-point first quarter for No. 12 West Virginia. Keith Washington ended any concern over a second-half collapse.
Grier threw for 370 yards with three touchdowns, Washington returned an interception 51 yards for what amounted to a clinching score and the Mountaineers held on for a 42-34 win over 25th-ranked Texas Tech on Saturday.
Heisman hopeful Grier leads WVU against young Texas Tech QB
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — West Virginia launched a Heisman Trophy campaign for Will Grier over the summer and the senior quarterback for the No. 12 Mountaineers has certainly backed it up.
No. 2 Georgia looks to stay unbeaten as it hosts Tennessee
Tennessee (2-2, 0-1 SEC) at No. 2 Georgia (4-0, 2-0), 3:30 p.m. ET (CBS)
Line: Georgia by 31½
Series record: Tennessee leads 23-22-2
WHAT'S AT STAKE?
Georgia is trying to remain unbeaten and maintain at least a share of the SEC East lead as it chases its second straight College Football Playoff appearance. Tennessee is trying to win an SEC game for the first time since November 2016 as it attempts to avoid an 11th consecutive loss to a Power Five opponent.
No. 12 WVU-No. 25 Texas Tech match senior, freshman QBs
No. 12 West Virginia (3-0, 1-0 Big 12) at No. 25 Texas Tech (3-1, 1-0), noon ET (ESPN2)
No. 18 Texas tries to keep rolling at Kansas State
No. 18 Texas (3-1, 1-0 Big 12) at Kansas State (2-2, 0-1), 3:30 p.m. ET (FS1).
Line: Texas by 9 ½.
Series record: Kansas State leads 10-8.
WHAT'S AT STAKE?
The Longhorns crashed back into the Top 25 this week after dismantling TCU in their Big 12 opener. But keeping their momentum going against Kansas State, which is still smarting from a lopsided loss at West Virginia, figures to be a tough task. Texas has lost five consecutive games played in Manhattan.
Grier throws 5 TDs, No. 12 WVU rocks Kansas State 35-6
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen isn't worried about quarterback Will Grier being overwhelmed by the attention and pressure that comes with being a Heisman Trophy candidate. Grier has thrown far too many passes. Played in far too many games. Diagnosed far too many defenses to let the hype train get in his head.
No. 12 West Virginia returns from break, hosts Kansas State
West Virginia quarterback Will Grier would prefer not going down to the wire this time against Kansas State.
Grier struggled in the second half a year ago against the Wildcats' defense, West Virginia didn't score after halftime and was lucky to escape with a 28-23 win in Manhattan, Kansas.
Grier throws 4 TDs, No. 14 WVU beats Youngstown State 52-17
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Gary Jennings slammed the door on all those jokes at his expense about his lack of scoring a year ago.
The senior is more than making up for it so far in 2018.
Jennings caught three touchdown passes from Will Grier to lead No. 14 West Virginia to a 52-17 victory over Youngstown State on Saturday night.
"It feels great," Jennings said. "And the win feels even better."
Big 12′s older QBs include a 5th-year, 1st-time starter
Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy considers Taylor Cornelius something of a dinosaur, and not because his starting quarterback's 23rd birthday is coming up the day after the Cowboys play their third game of the season.
Cornelius arrived on campus as a walk-on in 2014, had a redshirt season and then attempted only 24 passes in nine games over three years while primarily backing up Mason Rudolph. Now, as a fifth-year senior, Cornelius is coming off a victory in his first career start.
West Virginia coordinator: People don’t respect our defense
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — West Virginia defensive coordinator Tony Gibson is determined that his unit will not be the weak link in what has the potential to be a special season for the 17th-ranked Mountaineers.
His guys are off to a promising start.
The Mountaineers limited Tennessee's offense to 301 yards and 14 points, and Will Grier threw for 429 yards and five touchdowns in a 40-14 rout of the Volunteers on Saturday.
Grier leads No. 17 West Virginia past Tennessee 40-14
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — It isn't in Will Grier's nature to panic.
So two dropped touchdown passes, a 10-minute drive by the opposing offense and an hour-long weather delay at halftime weren't about to distract the West Virginia senior quarterback on Saturday.
Tennessee-West Virginia game resumes after weather delay
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The second half of the game between No. 17 West Virginia and Tennessee has resumed after a weather delay of over an hour
The threat of lightning forced officials to clear the stadium and send fans into the concourse. The game resumed after a 65-minute delay.
West Virginia scored shortly after play resumed to take a 20-7 lead early in the third quarter. The Mountaineers led 13-7 at halftime.
Grier looks for big homecoming as No. 17 WVU faces Tennessee
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Will Grier has some fond memories of playing quarterback in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he once threw for 834 yards and 10 touchdowns and helped his high school team score 104 points in a state semifinal playoff game.
No. 17 West Virginia faces Tennessee; Vols start Pruitt era
No. 17 West Virginia (7-6 last season) vs. Tennessee (4-8) at Charlotte, North Carolina, 3:30 p.m. ET (CBS).
West Virginia QB Grier, WR Sills ready for run at Big 12
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Quarterback Will Grier and wide receiver David Sills worked well together at West Virginia last year, right down to announcements a few days apart that they'd return for their senior seasons.
Rather than wondering what might have been if the duo chose to enter the NFL draft, No. 17 West Virginia is ecstatic to have its top playmakers back for a season that begins Saturday against Tennessee in Charlotte, North Carolina.