QB Grier gives WVU strong shot Saturday
Talented junior has thrown for thirdmost yards in country, 344 per game.
Going to hazard a wild guess that West Virginia’s Will Grier is a step up in competition from Kansas’ Carter Stanley. Also going to guess that Texas will lose on Saturday if it plays the same way it did against Jayhawks. That would set up a possible loser-stayshome bowl sweepstakes with Texas Tech in the regular season finale.
Tom Herman was right not to throw his defense under the bus after it registered three takeaways, including a pick-six, but of particular interest was Stanley accounting for 311 yards of offense and three touchdowns. Meanwhile, Grier completed 27-of-46 passes for 372 yards, four touchdowns and two picks in a 28-23 win in the Little Apple. Grier has thrown for 34 touchdowns and only 12 interceptions with 3,440 yards, which ranks third in the country.
“He’s along the lines of (Oklahoma’s Baker) Mayfield and (TCU’s Kenny) Hill in terms of he’s really accurate in throwing the ball,” Herman said Monday. “He can make you pay with his feet. He’s really good and can really, really play.”
On the bright side, Texas has an opportunistic defense and the Mountaineers have been prone to turnovers at times. Grier has thrown seven
interceptions in his last three games. Texas has recorded four in its last three, including a pair returned for touchdowns.
When Shaka Smart told us on last week’s On Second Thought podcast that Dylan Osetkowski reminded him of NBA All-Star Draymond Green, he wasn’t saying the 6-9 transfer would one day win NBA Defensive Player of the Year and a pair of league titles.
When asked about the Draymond comparison after last Friday’s 105-59 win over Northwestern State, Osetkowski said, “(It’s) being a guy that can do everything. I’m just trying to replicate Draymond’s tenacity and enthusiasm that he plays with. If I can do that on a consistent basis, it’s going to be huge for our team.”
He’s right. While freshman Matt Coleman learns the ropes as a college point guard, Osetkowski is already comfortable running this offense. He put up 13 points, 10 rebounds and an assist in 21 minutes in Friday’s 105-59 win over Northwestern State, giving Shaka Smart another option in the pilot’s seat one year after two-guards Andrew Jones, Eric Davis, and Kerwin Roach took turns at point.
“Last year, everyone talked about we didn’t have a point guard, which that spot wasn’t a strength for us, but we also didn’t have a ball-handling forward, which is something that we really like to have the way we play,” Smart said. “So that’s a step in the right direction at both of those positions.”
Thoughts and prayers go out to Marquise Goodwin, who showed incredible resolve on Sunday with an 83-yard TD catch to lead the 49ers to a win over the Giants, San Fran’s first of the season.
It wasn’t the catch that revealed Goodwin’s inner strength, but the tragedy he was playing through. Goodwin and his wife Morgan Snow Goodwin, a former Texas track athlete, revealed their baby boy died due to complications from a premature birth at 4 a.m. Sunday.
“Although we are hurt, I am grateful for the experience and grateful that God blessed me with a wife as courageous and resilient as Morgan,” Goodwin posted on his Instagram page. “The pain (physi- cally, mentally, & emotionally) that she has endured is unbelievable.”
Goodwin posted a heartbreaking photo of his hand along that of his son. Before he crossed the goal line, he blew a kiss to the heavens. He then went to his knees after scoring as teammates gathered around him.
Thinking of you, Mr. and Mrs. Goodwin.
Life without Ezekiel Elliott is one thing, but it’s not Dallas’ biggest issue. All-pro left tackle Tyron Smith not playing? Gigantic.
Dallas is plenty talented enough to win games with Alfred Morris and Darren McFadden running behind a line that includes Smith. Better yet, life would be a lot easier for quarterback Dak Prescott, who was sacked eight times Sunday, six by Falcons DE Adrian Clayborn.
The Eagles can basically win the NFC East at Jerry World on Sunday night, and if Smith isn’t back soon, Dallas — a Super Bowl contender just two weeks ago — will be home for the playoffs.
If Jacksonville owner Shahid Khan is as smart as I think he is, he’ll pull a Brinks truck up to Kirk Cousins’ driveway and make him the highest paid player in football next season. The Jaguars have one of the league’s best young rosters but aren’t going anywhere significant with Blake Bortles.
Most of the pieces are in place — a franchise running back in Leonard Fournette, two great corners in A.J. Bouye and Jalen Ramsey, and a defense that’s one pass rusher away from being top five.
Bring Cousins in and we’ll be watching the Jags in a Super Bowl within three seasons.
West Virginia quarterback Will Grier has completed 244 of 380 passes, has 34 touchdowns against 12 interceptions, and has been named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week five times.
Falcons defensive end Adrian Clayborn (99) saw Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott often Sunday, sacking Prescott six times.