Will Grier gets green light to play in 2017 for West Virginia

West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen took to Twitter on Tuesday to announce that Grier will be the team's starting quarterback in the season opener against Virginia Tech. He transferred from Florida to West Virginia after the season, but it was initially unclear if he would have to miss an additional half-season beyond his transfer year. After transferring to WVU in 2016 and sitting out a year ago, Grier and the Mountaineers pursued an NCAA waiver, which was granted this week, to make him eligible for their first game of 2017 instead of the seventh.

Grier still had six games remaining on his one-year NCAA suspension for a positive PED test midway through his 2015 season with the Gators.

Grier's first game will be September 3 against Virginia Tech at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. Had the suspension been upheld by the NCAA, Grier would not have been eligible to play until WVU's October 21 game at Baylor.

Grier, a 4-star recruit out of Davidson, N.C., in 2014, is now a redshirt junior and will have two years to play two at West Virginia.

The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Grier threw for 1,204 yards and 10 touchdowns, completed 65.8 percent of his 161 passes and threw just three interceptions before he was suspended.

Grier threw for 202 yards in WVU's spring game and will head into the season as the starter; last season's starter, Skyler Howard, was a senior.

Vanessa Coleman

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