With spring football officially coming to a close this weekend, when West Virginia football hosts its annual Gold-Blue spring game, there will still be a lot of questions, that fans should look for answers to about this Mountaineer offense.
Last year the biggest problems on this Mountaineer team, seemed to stem from the offense. Besides running back Leddie Brown who ranked 14th in the country in total rushing yards last year, this West Virginia offense struggled at times to move the ball downfield. This year, if the Mountaineers will want to be able to become a team who can run the ball and pass the ball efficiently, if they want to possibly compete in the Big 12 this year.
The first thing to look out for is a possible quarterback battle. It should be safe to say that Jarret Doege will be the starter again this fall, but it is worth noting the development of Garrett Greene has caught the eye of head coach Neal Brown. Although it is not a full out quarterback battle, it would not be a surprise to see Greene battling it out with Doege until the fall, as unlike Doege, Greene has the ability to run the ball at a high level and is more of a dual threat quarterback. Plus after being the backup last year, Greene should be more mature and be able to understand the offense at a higher level than he was able to last year.
Another problem that led to a lack in offensive production was the inability for wide receivers to catch the ball. Now that these receivers have had another year of development, it will be crucial for them to be able to catch the ball on a more consistent basis than they did last year. If receivers such as Bryce Ford-Wheaton and Sam James can catch more passes, it will open up the running game more, and let this offense run better. Look for the receiving corps to play a key role on Saturday, and if they take a step forward, this whole offense will take a step forward.
The offensive line last year was good when running the ball, but struggled at times when Doege had to drop back into the pocket. Look for an offensive line anchored by center Zach Frazier, who shined at times last year at left guard, but now made the transition to center. Look for Frazier to help this offensive line protect the quarterback more, while still being able to run the ball effectively.
Although not all these questions will be answered, seeing a solid performance on Saturday, should boost momentum and fans’ confidence in the offense to produce this fall.
The spring game is slated to start at 1 p.m. with 25% capacity, while also being broadcast on ESPN+.