Following West Virginia’s game against Maryland, the biggest question mark about the future of this team is at the quarterback position. After getting benched in the bowl game last season, starter Jarret Doege struggled against Maryland, and he seems to not have taken as much of a step forward as the staff said he did.
With that being said, Garrett Greene has been in this system for a year now, and should be given the opportunity to show what he is capable of— except this Saturday’s home opener against Long Island will not prove anything.
Long Island is an FCS school, who just faced off against FIU and gave up 48 points, while also having a defense that ranked last in the Northeastern Conference in passing yards allowed last season.
The combination of a bad passing defense last season, and them coming off a game in which they gave up almost 50 points, means the West Virginia offense should and most likely will look really good on Saturday. Because of this, Doege and Greene will both most likely play, and play well.
Last season, when West Virginia opened against Eastern Kentucky, both Doege and Greene saw the field. In a game West Virginia won 56-10, and had three different quarterbacks see the field. Doege finished his day throwing for 228 yards, and three touchdowns, while completing 76% of his passes. Greene played for two drives in the fourth quarter. Greene threw for 24 yards, and ran for 33 yards.
If Saturday is anything like the game against Eastern Kentucky, both Doege and Greene will play and both will more likely than not be successful.
The only way Greene becomes the starting quarterback on Saturday is if Doege starts off in disastrous fashion. If Doege throws two interceptions on West Virginia’s first two drives, and West Virginia is down early, then head coach Neal Brown might be forced to make a switch.
But anything better than that will mean Doege and Greene will see the field against LIU, and both will probably look good.
The most likely scenario is Greene impresses coaches in practice, and earns his way on the field sooner rather than later during the game against LIU. Then, in two weeks against Virginia Tech, if Doege struggles again, and Green’s name gets called, that is when fans will truly find out the answer to the question looming over this West Virginia football team.
Photo from Dale Sparks, WVU