Getting to know West Virginia QB Jack Allison

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. — Fans and pundits will continue debating West Virginia quarterback Will Grier’s decision to sit out the Camping World Bowl, but at this point that’s of no matter to the Mountaineers themselves.
The future is now, and it is in the hands of backup-turned-presumptive starter Jack Allison. The 6-foot-6 sophomore from Palmetto, Fla. is expected to make his first collegiate start against Syracuse just two hours up the highway from his hometown in Orlando.
West Virginia fans don’t exactly know what they are getting in to with Allison, who sat out last season after transferring from Miami and has a grand total of 10 passing attempts in his career. Since Allison has yet to meet the media – as Grier’s backup, there was no reason for him to – we enlisted the help of Palmetto High coach Dave Marino.
“He’s a great kid,” Marino said. “He’s got a great demeanor in terms of his poise. He doesn’t get rattled.”
This attribute was first evident to Marino when Allison was a 15-year-old sophomore starter. It was halftime of their game against Bayshore, a team that would finish the year with a 2-8 record. But because Allison had played poorly and thrown a couple interceptions, Palmetto went into the locker room facing a seemingly insurmountable 38-7 hole.
“I said ‘We’re going to rally, you’re going to earn the trust of these guys and we’re going to win 42-38,’” Marino recalled.

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