FRISCO, Texas — The Latest on Big 12 football media days (all times local):
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.”
Tom Herman returns to Big 12 football media days as a winner with Texas.
Herman and the Longhorns are among the five teams that will take part Tuesday to wrap up Big 12 media days.
When Herman was on the podium in Frisco for the first time last summer, the Longhorns were coming off three consecutive losing seasons and he hadn’t yet coached a game for them.
Texas lost the first and last games of its regular season, but finished 7-6 after a 33-16 win over Missouri in the Texas Bowl.
West Virginia, with preseason Big 12 offensive player of the year quarterback Will Grier, will also be featured Tuesday, along with Baylor, Kansas State and Oklahoma State.