West Virginia quarterback Will Grier will not participate in the Camping World Bowl against Syracuse as he begins preparing for the 2019 NFL draft.

Grier announced his decision Saturday, thanking WVU coaches, teammates and fans for their support. He had 3,864 passing yards and 37 touchdowns for the Mountaineers, who went 8-3 and finished third in the Big 12.

A Heisman Trophy contender for much of the season, Grier was a finalist for the Maxwell Award, the Manning Award, the Walter Camp Football Foundation Player of the Year Award, the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award and the Senior CLASS Award.

In his latest positional rankings, ESPN's Mel Kiper lists Grier as his No. 3 draft-eligible quarterback for 2019. Most projections put Grier in the first or second round of the draft.