MORGANTOWN -- While Kyler Murray seems like a suitable replacement for Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield as the starting quarterback at Oklahoma, imagine if Will Grier were leading the Sooners instead.\r\nIt\u2019s a scary proposition for WVU fans. Not only would the Mountaineers be without their star senior quarterback, but they\u2019d have to face him instead to end the regular season.\r\nNow it\u2019s a distant memory, but when Grier decided to transfer from Florida, following his year-long suspension for taking a banned substance, one of the first schools that came to mind was Oklahoma.\r\nThe biggest reason was that then-offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley \u2014 now the Sooners\u2019 head coach \u2014 was in need of a quarterback. It was uncertain whether Mayfield would have one or two seasons of eligibility left following 2015. Trevor Knight was heading out as a graduate transfer, Justice Hansen also decided to leave and Cody Thomas gave up football, leaving Riley short-handed.\r\nThere were several high-profile candidates that season, including Grier and the exodus at Texas A&M involving Murray and Kyle Allen.\r\nIt just so happened, though, that Riley and Grier had a previous relationship while Grier was in high school at Davidson Day, in Charlotte, N.C. Riley was then the offensive coordinator at East Carolina.\r\nECU is also the alma-mater of Grier\u2019s father, Chad, who played quarterback there from 1989-\u201990.\r\n\u201cI knew [Riley] when he was at ECU when I was really young,\u201d Grier said. \u201cI\u2019ve always thought really highly of him. He\u2019s a great person. I have a lot of respect for him and his knowledge of the game. It\u2019s really cool to see how far he\u2019s come. I pull for him except for when they play us.\u201d\r\nBut Grier chose WVU, hoping to avoid a drawn-out process, so he never took time to visit Norman.\r\n\u201cThe timing of it was kind of weird,\u201d Grier said. \u201cI wasn\u2019t familiar with transferring and I never planned on transferring. It\u2019s a little different now from when I did it. It wasn\u2019t a very big process when I was doing it. I kind of fell in love with Dana (Holgorsen) and this program and shut everything else down pretty quick, just because I was happy with what we had here at West Virginia.\u201d\r\nWhile Grier didn\u2019t end up at Oklahoma, Murray came aboard.\r\nRiley hasn\u2019t officially named Murray this season\u2019s starter, but the odds are certainly in his favor. Grier and Murray could be destined for a showdown Nov. 23, in Morgantown to end the regular season.\r\nBoth transfers have worked with current WVU offensive coordinator Jake Spavital \u2014 who was Texas A&M\u2019s offensive coordinator in 2015, while Murray was a freshman with the Aggies.\r\n\u201cI know Kyler really well, and Kyler obviously is a great player that Spav had at A&M, which is another interesting relationship,\u201d Grier said. \u201cThey have a good one in Kyler and he is obviously a really talented dude. He\u2019s a pretty explosive guy and fun to watch. I think that kid\u2019s awesome.\u201d\r\nThis season will tell who really won the great quarterback transfer battle\u00a0of 2015.