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2017 West Virginia Mountaineers Position Overview: Quarterbacks

We’re kicking off our Fall camp preview series with the most important position.

You can officially get excited for Mountaineer football. Fall camp has begun! The 2016 season is now behind us and we look forward to the next chapter in West Virginia. We are going to spend the next four week previewing the entire team and today we start with the single most important position on the team: quarterback.

If you have a bad one, you generally don’t win many games. If you have a good one, you might make a bowl. If you have a great one, fans dream of a national title. Follow along with me as we take a look at the quarterback position for the Mountaineers

2016 Exodus

West Virginia has spent the last 2 and a quarter seasons being led by JUCO transfer Skyler Howard. Howard finished his senior year at West Virginia with 3,328 yards passing, 463 yards rushing, 26 passing touchdowns and 10 rushing touchdowns.

Former four-star recruit Will Crest, Jr chose to transfer out of the program before transferring back to the program as a wide receiver.

Cody Saunders was forced to retire once a degenerative condition was found in his throwing shoulder.

Chris Chugunov is the only quarterback on the roster who played last year. Chugunov completed 2 of 5 passes for 15 yards, with a long of 11.

2017 West Virginia Tight Ends

Player Year 2016 Stats
Player Year 2016 Stats
Jovani Haskins R-Fr Redshirted (Miami)
Mac Christy Fr DNP (High School)
Joseph Turner Fr DNP (High School)
Matt Bezjak R-Fr Redshirted
Trevon Wesco R-Jr 1 catch, 6 yards, 1 TD
Matt Vucelik R-So DNP
Rob Dowdy R-So DNP

The tease of Will Grier

Ever since it was announced that Will Grier was transferring from the University of Florida to WVU, fans have been dreaming big while holding their breath. Grier was a Parade All-American in high school, throwing for 14,565 yards, with 195 touchdowns against only 27 interceptions.

As a Florida Gator, Grier redshirted his first year before taking over as the starter in 2015. He started the first six games before an over-the-counter supplement led to a year-long NCAA ban and his subsequent transfer from the Gators.

Will Grier 2015 Stats

Games Completions Attempts Percentage Yards Touchdowns Interceptions Rating
Games Completions Attempts Percentage Yards Touchdowns Interceptions Rating
6 105 160 65.5 1202 10 3 145.6

The Mountaineers got their first taste of Grier in the spring game, when he completed 12 of 18 passes for 200 yards, including a beautifully thrown rainbow to Ricky Rogers. Grier was officially named eligible to start against the Virginia Tech Hokies on June 20 as announced by Dana Holgorsen in a tweet.


Fall camp will determine the backup. The two primary backups will be either redshirt sophomore Chris Chugunov or incoming transfer David Israel. Chugunov now has three years in this system. He has seen limited game experience, completing 2 passes for 15 yards. He saw action in three games.

David Israel chose to transfer to the Mountaineers from Butler Community College in Kansas. Israel is not the typical “Air Raid” quarterback but more of the Pat White type who can hurt you with his feet. That shouldn’t be a knock on Israel, who threw for over 1,800 yards at Butler.