It is official. The Mountaineers have finally named Jarret Doege as their starting quarterback for their home opener against Eastern Kentucky on September 12th. Head Coach Neal Brown named Jarett the starter on Thursday and had plenty to say about his new starting quarterback.
“We went three weeks into camp, had two true scrimmages and one kind of partial scrimmage, and after that Jarett Doege will be our starter heading into the Eastern Kentucky game,” Brown said in a release Thursday. “He won the job.”
Doege, a redshirt junior, beat out redshirt senior quarterback Austin Kendall for the starting job after battling it out not only during last season but heading into this season as well.
“We had a long quarterback battle and we really feel like we have two quarterbacks on our roster that can win Big 12 games right now, which I think is a huge positive,” Brown said. “We hoped the competition was going to go through the spring and we would be able to name a starter as little earlier, but it didn’t work out that way.”
In case you do not remember, Jarret Doege transferred from Bowling Green last season and was granted immediate eligibility by the NCAA giving Doege his transfer waiver. Even though he was eligible to play right away, he was battling some injuries early on last season and the plan for him was to redshirt.
However, with West Virginia’s struggles last season, Jarret was given his shot in the final four games of last season to replace Austin Kendall who was 3-5 as a starter before the Texas Tech game where he and Austin Kendall both played. But unfortunately for Jarret, he did not see his first action until his team was down 38 to 10.
Things would pick up for him quickly as he was able to beat Kansas State and TCU on the road in his first three starts for West Virginia. During those three starts Doege threw for 699 yards and 6 passing touchdowns while throwing 3 interceptions which all came in the TCU game. He also was able to complete 65.8% of his passes last season as well which was better than Austin Kendall’s 61.5%.
Make no mistake about it, Jarret Doege was not perfect out there but what he did provide was a spark for West Virginia which the offensive desperately needed. But until the Mountaineers make some improvements on offense, the defense will have to continue to carry this team. Last season West Virginia had the third worst rushing offense in the nation as they averaged a measly 73.3 rushing yards per game. That must improve this season or else it will not matter much who is at quarterback. Because if the quarterback does not get any help from the running game, then Jarret Doege will have to try and carry this offense with his arm.
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