Why West Virginia could have college football’s top offense in 2018

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Those standards begin with Grier, who, after overcoming a messy transfer from Florida, re-emerged last season with a breakout campaign for the Mountaineers, who will finish up spring practice Saturday with their spring game.

Until he suffered a season-ending broken from china finger injury last November, Grier was second nationally with 34 touchdown throws and third with 3,490 passing yards.

As Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Lamar Jackson and Mason Rudolph have moved on to the NFL, Grier has risen into the pantheon of premier college quarterbacks.

“He looks like a fifth-year quarterback to me,” Holgorsen told reporters last week. “It’s his second year in this system, and he’s much more comfortable. His timing with the guys is as good as I’ve seen. So from a quarterback perspective, it’s as good as anyone in the country.”

The same could be said of West Virginia’s receiving corps.

Leading the way is David Sills V, who led the country with 18 touchdown receptions last season on the way to becoming a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s top receiver.

Famously once the 13-year-old quarterback whom Lane Kiffin offered a scholarship to USC after watching only one highlight clip, Sills has blossomed since giving up throwing passes a year ago and putting his whole focus on catching them instead.

Yet, even as prolific as Sills was, he didn’t even lead his own team in receptions or yards last season. Complementing Sills’ downfield prowess, fellow rising senior Gary Jennings provided Grier with a go-to possession outlet and quietly topped the Big 12 with 97 receptions to go along with 1,096 yards.

“You’ve got a lot of yards returning there,” said offensive coordinator Jake Spavital. “They have a shot, when it’s all said and done, at being talked about as one of the better groups there.”

A pair of intriguing transfers could bolster that case.

Having sat out last year, former Alabama receiver T.J. Simmons is set to join the rotation, where he could provide the passing game with another dimension. Since arriving in Morgantown, nfl the 6-foot-2, 200-pound sophomore has turned heads, especially with his physicality on jump balls.