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Three Questions For West Virginia Heading Into Spring Football Practice

NCAA Football: Oklahoma State at West Virginia

College basketball is heading down the home stretch, college baseball has started, but let’s not forget (I know many of you aren’t) that spring practice is already getting underway across the country. We will handle spring previews for every Big 12 football team and roll them out based on when their respective spring practices begin. Next up is the West Virginia Mountaineers who will start up spring practice on Wednesday March 24th. Here are my three questions for West Virginia heading into spring ball.

1. Quarterback Play

Jarret Doege is a serviceable quarterback but to be a Big 12 title contender, you need a game changer at quarterback to win games. Doege had a nice season in 2020 doubling his touchdown passes from 2019 and took better care of the football as well. He also second in the Big 12 in passing yards per game behind only Spencer Rattler from Oklahoma. But even with his improvements, I need to see more from Jarret. For this offense to take the next big step, Doege must make more plays with his arm and become more consistent. If not, then maybe the Mountaineers should turn to other options like Garrett Greene.


2. Wide Receiver

The Good news is that West Virginia returns four of their top five receivers from a season ago. They were a young bunch with tons of potential that never all quite came together like I thought it would. Winston Wright, Bryce Ford-Wheaton, Sam James, and Sean Ryan make up the core of this group. Winston Wright and Sam James have star potential and could be due for big seasons in 2021. Winston was able to make a positive step last season, but Sam James struggled with drops in 2020. If he can hang on to the football, I believe he could be a guy who lands on the All-Big 12 team at the end of the season. Talking about potential must be in the rear view as it is time to start seeing results on the field.


3. Middle Linebacker

I am not sure how many people saw the star potential in Tony Fields II last season, but he ended up finishing third in total tackles in the Big 12. He was everywhere for the Mountaineers and with him off to the NFL, someone must take his place. That man appears to be Penn State transfer Lance Dixon who is not currently there just yet. I am not sure who will be in the middle during the spring, but I fully expect Dixon to be the man come fall to replace Tony Fields II unless someone else emerges in the spring.

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