Morgantown, W.VA. – Starting quarterback for the Mountaineers, Jarret Doege will certainly have a different set of emotions as the team takes the field in Lubbock on Saturday. Doege and his family have strong ties to Texas Tech, with his older brother having suited up as a Red Raiders quarterback roughly ten years ago.
This time, the Doege family will be rooting for visiting team to come out of the game as winners.
Doege’s childhood football memories are synonymous with Red Raiders football. When his brother Seth played at Texas Tech, now head coach for the Mountaineers Neal Brown was the team’s offensive coordinator. The relationship between the Doege family and Brown has carried on since a decade ago; now this time rooting for Texas Tech’s defense to not be able to stop the quarterback in the Doege jersey.
“I was going to the three-day camps, the one-day camps, and then when Coach Brown was there, I remember specifically dropping on a line, and we’re still doing that today,” Doege recalled. “I always liked him ever since I met him. He would take us down there, just him and me, and throw on the game field.”
Doege has found memories of growing up in Red Raiders territory, watching his brother play football and building a relationship with Coach Brown that would eventually pan out to Jarret himself playing for the coach. Texas Tech football is rich in tradition, even if one may be odd: tortilla slinging. The quarterback was asked about his Red Raiders traditions and experiences and the infamous tortillas came up, confirming he’s tossed a tortilla or two.
One memory from the quarterback’s younger years may make Mountaineer fans cringe: the 2012 upset.
“I feel like it was yesterday,” Doege remarked. I asked my dad if I could rush the field, I went on the field and ran around and I tried to find my brother. I couldn’t find him, but I just kind of enjoyed the experience of getting to rush the field and was hoping I could do that one day . . . Hopefully this time I can reverse the roles and go out there and do what my brother did for West Virginia.”
Doege will have roughly a dozen or so friends and family members in attendance as the Mountaineers try to prevent the Red Raiders from bagging their first Big 12 win. “I’m excited to go home and play in front of a lot of my friends and family,” the quarterback stated. “It’s going to be exciting.”
Doege and the Mountaineers will kick off at 5:30 ET/4:30 CT on ESPN2 Saturday from Lubbock.