MORGANTOWN, W.Va.– Offensively, West Virginia struggled at times last season and if the Mountaineers want to challenge for the Big 12 Championship, they will need to be more consistent on offense.
That starts with the quarterback position.
In his first season at the helm of the WVU offense, Jarrett Doege had a solid season. The Wuerffel Trophy Watch List candidate completed 239-of-374 (63.9 percent) of his passes.
In those 10 games, he threw for 2,587 yards and 14 touchdowns.
“He threw it clean and it came out on time for the most part,” Parker said of Doege’s first practice for the 2021 preseason. “We connected on some stuff downfield that encouraging, on some concepts that we really wanted to improve on. That was a good start.”
While the 6-foot-1, 208-pound quarterback didn’t have a bad season last year, he has been focused on becoming better and more of a leader on and off the field.
“He’s worked on his game physically and mentally, and then on his body,” Parker said. “He’s changed his body some. He’s owned himself and become a leader and he knows what that means. I say it all the time and talk to Neal about it all the time, but leadership is exhausting. You don’t get a day off when you’re in those modes. The players, at their age, I don’t know if they realize that. He’s realizing that in a good way. In his position, he has to be a strong leader for us, and he is.”
Behind Doege is redshirt freshman Garrett Greene, a standout dual-threat quarterback from Florida.
As a senior in high school, Greene threw for 1,155 yards and seven touchdowns and had 930 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns.
The 5-foot-10, 193-pounder is making strides of improvement this off-season and has been healthy competition for Doege.
“Garrett Greene would come up second to discuss,” said Parker of the 5-foot-10, 193-pound freshman from Tallahassee, Florida. “Garrett is picking up from where he left off in the spring. He has a stronger knowledge of what we’re doing, and now he’s got to continue to let it slow down, keep anxiety low and see what he sees. I think you’ll see a trend of it slowing down for him as it goes.
“He’s willing. He’s a great dude. The guys love him in the locker room. He has great juice. Him and Doege have a great relationship in how they share knowledge and compete in the right way. I think he’ll continue to grow.”
Cover Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS