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West Virginia launches Heisman campaign for Charlotte native Will Grier

West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen didn't hesitate giving his blessing to a Heisman Trophy campaign for quarterback Will Grier.
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West Virginia Mountaineers quarterback Will Grier (7) watches from the sidelines during the second quarter against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Milan Puskar Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

FRISCO, Texas — West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen didn't hesitate giving his blessing to a Heisman Trophy campaign for quarterback Will Grier.

The Florida transfer is the Big 12 preseason offensive player of the year, and the Mountaineers hope will become the conference's second straight Heisman-winning quarterback following Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield.

Holgorsen said on the final day of Big 12 media days Tuesday that he "would never approve a campaign unless I felt like a player can handle it."

Grier is the only returning QB among the top six passers in the Big 12 last season. He threw for 3,490 yards with 34 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in his first season for West Virginia after sitting out a year.

Grier's season ended in the first quarter of the 11th game against Texas because of a hand injury.

Holgorsen says spring football showed the game slowing down for Grier and that he "knows that he's got a lot of good players around him and that he doesn't have to go out there and be Superman."