MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (WDTV) - West Virginia, quarterback, Will Grier will not suit up against Oklahoma this weekend after suffering a finger injury against Texas and having surgery on it. He's doubtful for WVU's bowl game as well.
On the other side, Oklahoma's signal caller Baker Mayfield won't start the game against the Mountaineers. He's being disciplined for making rude gestures on the sidelines during OU's 41-3 win over Kansas.
Bottom line, though, Mayfield will eventually enter the game. Grier will not. For WVU, that means backup quarterback Chris Chugunov is the once again the go-to.
"He's ready to go. I was happy with the way he competed last week," said head coach Dana Holgorsen. "He went in there and competed his tail off. Got knocked around a little bit and kept getting up."
Chugunov went 14-for-26 for 189-yards and threw a touchdown in WVU's 28-14 loss to Texas last week. But, it was evident he missed a few throws and his timing was a bit off on some plays.
"It's just timing and reps," added Holgorsen."The number two guy's not on the same page like the number one guy is."
But, Holgorsen, coaches and even his teammates will tell you their confident in his ability to play and he feels the same way.
"He's always had a confidence about him. He's always relaxed which is always good in a quarterback," said wide receiver David Sills. "Doesn't get rattled or anything like that. He took a couple big shots in the game, got back up. He continued to play and I definitely think and I know he definitely thinks we can go in there and beat Oklahoma."
"He's very comfortable with running the system and communicating it. There's really not too many things that shock him except for new game plan install and new communication and operation ideas that we have this week," said offense coordinator Jake Spavital.