Despite calling J.T. Daniels the “smartest quarterback” that he’s ever been around, West Virginia head coach Neal Brown isn’t ready to name a starting quarterback.
During his weekly press conference, Brown alluded to there still being an open competition with just over a week left before the Backyard Brawl against Pitt to open up the 2022 season.
“Feel really good about our present and our future,” Brown said. “We’re working through that. I’m not trying to be coy about it. We’ll announce a starter before the game, it’s not about that. We’re not to that point yet. I know y’all will ask about that so that’s where we’re at on it. I’m good with talking about them but there’s not been a final decision.”
Outside of Daniels, there are three names to be familiar with in this race: Garrett Greene, Will Crowder, and Nicco Marchiol. While those guys are in a the running on paper, this feels like Daniels’ job, especially when you hear what Brown has to say about the Georgia transfer.
“JT is experienced,” Brown said. “He’s mature. We’ve talked about his intelligence. I think his timing has improved as he’s gone because we forget — the summer workouts are so different as far as throwing full speed. We’ll do some OTAs but you’re not necessarily throwing and you’re not throwing against the defense. He’s just had these 14, 15 practices to really get his timing down and you can see that improving.”
The Backyard Brawl is set for next Thursday at 7:00 p.m. ET in Acrisure Stadium, and will be the site for a special edition of College Gameday.