Will Grier website debuts

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The website Grier7heisman.com, launched this morning, is part of West Virginia University’s latest effort to promote one of its high-profile football players. Last December, when quarterback Will Grier decided to return to WVU for his senior season, he immediately put himself into contention for the 2018 Heisman Trophy race along with Stanford running back Bryce Love, Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor and Central Florida quarterback McKenzie Milton. Promotional campaigns have long been a part of West Virginia’s athletic publicity history, dating back to the mid-1950s when sports information director Rene Henry produced short informational films promoting football standouts Fred Wyant, Joe Marconi and Bruce Bosley for All-America recognition. The late Eddie Barrett, WVU’s Hall of Fame sports information director, once begged Sports Illustrated college basketball writer Jeremiah Tax to come to Morgantown to do a profile on All-America basketball player Jerry West – as he once did for Cincinnati’s Oscar Robertson – but Tax declined, informing Barrett that Morgantown, West Virginia, in the late 1950s was simply too difficult to get to. Two decades later, All-American flanker Danny Buggs, with the help of SID Dick Polen, earned extensive preseason notice in 1973 and 1974 following his brilliant sophomore campaign in 1972, but the team’s subpar records during those two subsequent years ended any additional momentum for Buggs. Quarterback Jeff Hostetler was the next prominent Mountaineer athlete to warrant a coordinated promotional campaign in 1983.  A pamphlet with Hostetler dressed up in a cowboy outfit, a 45 record with a theme song titled Ole Hoss, The Ballad of West Virginia’s Jeff Hostetler (theme songs seemed to be the popular thing to do back then) and a notepad with Hostetler’s picture and the inscription Jeff Hostetler West Virginia’s Offensive Bonanza were mailed out to all of the college football writers, helping Hoss finish seventh in the Heisman balloting that year. Five …

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