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The Smoking Musket Oct 15, 2018
What I Think After Drinking Heavily Saturday Night

What I Think After Drinking Heavily Saturday Night

I’m not sure where we go from here at this point. This was an extremely hard article for me to write. Normally, I sit down Sunday night to write about the game on Saturday and the words just flow through my hands. I don’t really have many thoughts as I just expound upon what comes from my fingers. I’ve agonized on what to say today because I’m at a loss. Losing 30-14, in Ames, Iowa with Will Grier back as a fifth year senior, his third year in your program, is just......unacceptable. We all saw it coming Throughout the week, every fan I spoke to and every fan page I visited talked...
The Smoking Musket Oct 14, 2018
Will Grier’s Heisman Chances Sacked In Ames

Will Grier’s Heisman Chances Sacked In Ames

His chances were dwindling but this game sealed the fate of the West Virginia signal caller While I fully understood that the Heisman Trophy was Tua Tagovailoa’s to lose at this point, I kept asking all week “How can you just award it to a player who has such inferior stats?”. Yes, he hasn’t played the fourth quarter but his team being a literal death star does not mean that he is. I argued that Dwayne Haskins of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Will Grier of the West Virginia Mountaineers should remain in the conversation because they were pulling their teams to their records while...
WVU Falls Flat At Iowa State

WVU Falls Flat At Iowa State

WVU Falls Flat At Iowa State AMES, IOWA–West Virginia is undefeated no more. Will Grier and WVU’s usually high-powered offense was stifled by Iowa State, […]
Will Grier Highlights From WVU’s Win Over Kansas

Will Grier Highlights From WVU’s Win Over Kansas

Will Grier Highlights From WVU’s Win Over Kansas Game 5: West Virginia 38, Kansas 22 This past Saturday, No. 6/6 West Virginia posted its fifth […]
The Smoking Musket Oct 11, 2018
Leddie Brown may be a freshman, but that doesn’t mean he plays like one

Leddie Brown may be a freshman, but that doesn’t mean he plays like one

WVU freshman running back Leddie Brown has impressed his coaches and teammates despite being a true freshman. Welcome, By-Godders, to The Shotgun/Throwdown, WVU’s best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions. Football Brown's attitude, talent unlike most freshmen | WV IllustratedWest Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen does not want to hear that true freshman running back Leddie Brown is a freshman. Tom Bragg: WVU's Will Grier looks to learn from mistakes made against Kansas | Tom Bragg | wvgazettemail.comNobody expected to...
The Smoking Musket Oct 7, 2018
Big 12 Roundup and Recap: Then There Were Two

Big 12 Roundup and Recap: Then There Were Two

West Virginia and Texas are now the clear Big 12 favorites with an early November showdown looming in Austin. #9 West Virginia Mountaineers (5-0, 3-0) 38, Kansas Jayhawks (2-4, 0-3) 22 The Mountaineers faced just that this afternoon in Morgantown, but still escaped with a 38-22 win over the Jayhawks. Will Grier threw three interceptions at the goal line and fumbled the ball once in a game in which he still completed 68% of his passes for 332 yards and 4 touchdowns. We can talk about Will having bad games, but it’s bordering on first-world problems because he’s still putting up elite...
The Smoking Musket Oct 1, 2018
What I Think After West Virginia’s Closer Than Necessary Win Over Texas Tech

What I Think After West Virginia’s Closer Than Necessary Win Over Texas Tech

The hare raced out to a 28-point first quarter then crawled to the finish line past the tortoise That first quarter Hoo boy that was some fun, wasn’t it? We waited four games to watch the Mountaineers put together a fast start and they got it on Saturday. Will Grier came out throwing and throwing some heat. Grier ended up completing 13 of 17 passes for 198 yards, in just the first 15 minutes of football. That was enough to put Texas Tech on their heels and you could see the Red Raiders pressing. Grier opened eyes and earned himself a SportsCenter highlight with his dime of a throw to...
The Smoking Musket Sep 30, 2018
Will Grier and Kyler Murray Begin To Separate Themselves in Heisman Race

Will Grier and Kyler Murray Begin To Separate Themselves in Heisman Race

Grier and Murray rise to the top of the latest rankings Kyler Murray Murray put on a show yesterday against the Baylor Bears. Murray, who played efficiently but lackluster last week, was on fire this week with six passing touchdowns plus a rushing touchdown. Kyler finished the day with 17-of-21 passing for 432 yards and 6 touchdowns while rushing 10 times for 43 yards and a touchdown. Season Stats: 77/109 (70.6%), 1,460 yards, 17 touchdowns, 46 rushes, 285 yards, 3 touchdowns Will Grier Grier looked like he would throw for 1,000 yards and a million touchdowns in the first quarter. In the...
The Smoking Musket Sep 29, 2018
Instant Recap: No. 12 West Virginia Survives No. 25 Texas Tech’s Comeback Bid, Keith Washington’s Pick Six Seals The Deal

Instant Recap: No. 12 West Virginia Survives No. 25 Texas Tech’s Comeback Bid, Keith Washington’s Pick Six Seals The Deal

It may have been too close for comfort, but any road win is a good win - especially when it’s over a ranked opponent. Death. Taxes. Things getting weird in Lubbock. The No. 12 ranked West Virginia Mountaineers went on the road this afternoon and survived a late scare from the No. 25 ranked Texas Tech Red Raiders, 42-34. It wasn’t pretty. There were drops. There were weird calls. Will Grier looked arguably the worst we’ve seen him in his tenure in Morgantown - although he still completed 66% of his passes and threw for three touchdowns - and a lot of it could be blamed on dropped...
Grier Leads WVU to 35-10 halftime lead at Texas Tech

Grier Leads WVU to 35-10 halftime lead at Texas Tech

Grier Leads WVU to 35-10 halftime lead at Texas Tech LUBBOCK, TEXAS – West Virginia rode another superb performance by quarterback Will Grier to a […]
The Smoking Musket Sep 24, 2018
Through three games, Will Grier hasn’t encountered a defense nearly as tough as his own

Through three games, Will Grier hasn’t encountered a defense nearly as tough as his own

Tony Gibson has turned that giant question mark that was hanging over his defense into an exclamation point. Welcome, By-Godders, to The Shotgun/Throwdown, WVU’s best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions. Football Grier hasn’t encountered a defense nearly as tough as his own | WV MetroNewsThree wins. Seventeen touchdowns. Zero drama. That’s the September math perpetuated by this swank West Virginia offense, ultra-cool and so precise it can donate timeouts to charity even when the final 6 seconds of the half send us...
The Smoking Musket Sep 23, 2018
The Sunday Hangover: Recaps and Reactions from West Virginia’s win over Kansas State

The Sunday Hangover: Recaps and Reactions from West Virginia’s win over Kansas State

The Mountaineers dominated the Wildcats in their Big 12 conference opener, let’s see what the media is saying about the performance today. Recaps and Features Grier throws 5 TDs, No. 12 WVU rocks Kansas State 35-6 | ESPNWest 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. Grier's Passing Leads to Another Blowout Victory | West...
Arizona Daily Star Sep 23, 2018
Saturday's best

Saturday's best

West Virginia quarterback Will Grier (7) pass the ball during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Kansas State Saturday, Sept.22, 2018, in Morgantown, W.Va. (AP Photo/Raymond Thompson)
Arizona Daily Star Sep 22, 2018
Grier throws 5 TDs, No. 12 WVU rocks Kansas State 35-6

Grier throws 5 TDs, No. 12 WVU rocks Kansas State 35-6

West Virginia quarterback Will Grier (7) pass the ball during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Kansas State Saturday, Sept.22, 2018, in Morgantown, W.Va. (AP Photo/Raymond Thompson)
The Smoking Musket Sep 22, 2018
Instant Recap: West Virginia Cruises To Win In Big 12 Opener Behind Grier’s Five Touchdowns

Instant Recap: West Virginia Cruises To Win In Big 12 Opener Behind Grier’s Five Touchdowns

This is how you respond in a conference opener after an unforeseen bye week After being slowed down by an unscheduled bye week due to Hurricane Florence, Will Grier’s Heisman campaign got a huge shot in the arm as the West Virginia Mountaineers dominated the Kansas State Wildcats to a final score of 35-6. Grier got off to what, I guess, could be considered a rocky start early, throwing an interception on West Virginia’s first drive of the game because of some miscommunication with wide receiver Marcus Simms on a deep pass. It wasn’t until West Virginia’s third drive of the game...

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