One Year Ago Today, the Jarret Doege Era Began

On November 16th, 2019, exactly one year ago today, the Jarret Doege era began in Morgantown. After stumbling to a 3-6 start under Oklahoma transfer quarterback Austin Kendall, Head Coach Neal Brown made the decision to insert Bowing Green transfer quarterback Jarret Doege into the starting lineup. In a less than ideal situation, Doege’s first start for the Mountaineers came against the nationally ranked Kansas State Wildcats. However, Doege, as well as the entire Mountaineer Football team, would defy the odds and bring home a massive victory. West Virginia would defeat Kansas State, 24-20, and snap a five-game losing streak. Doege would be phenomenal in the matchup, finishing 20-for-30 with 230 yards and 3 touchdowns to no interceptions. His 50-yard touchdown pass to Bryce Ford-Wheaton early in the fourth quarter would prove to be the game-winner. https://twitter.com/wns_brandon/status/1196889743822331904?s=21 Fast forward one year later, and Doege is still the Mountaineers’ starter. He is currently 7-4 as the starting quarterback, and has tossed 21 touchdowns to only 6 interceptions. All it took was one gutsy decision from Neal Brown to pull his starting quarterback, and he found the perfect signal-caller to begin “The Climb” with.

Garrett Greene Named Most Underrated Quarterback in College Football

MORGANTOWN, WV - The West Virginia Mountaineers have struck gold with their quarterback position. Not only did Garrett Greene exceed expectations in 2023, but he is expected to now be one of the best signal-callers in college football in 2024. According to Max Chadwick of On3, Greene is the most underrated quarterback in college football heading into 2024. https://twitter.com/pff_college/status/1758613977062609154?s=46&t=cXIQ4JQG-pp-P6qrRwLwjw   Greene was named Chadwick’s 7th best returning quarterback in the sport earlier this week. If the Florida native can stay healthy in 2024, the Mountaineers will quickly elevate their status to Big 12 contenders. The offense finally found its identity with Greene under center. For the first time under Neal Brown, there is finally life in the program. Much of this can be in thanks to Greene’s growth as a signal-caller. Should the stars align, it’s not outrageous to believe Greene will be a Heisman contender, if not at least receive consideration. (Photo by WVU Athletics)   

Mountaineers Get Mauled by the Bears

Waco, Texas - The West Virginia Mountaineers dropped to 2-4 this season with a disappointing loss on the road to the Baylor Bears (5-1). The West Virginia defense looked slow and unprepared, giving up 21 points in the first quarter, and the Mountaineers could never recover, losing 45-20. Redshirt senior Jarret Doege was 20/31 for 237 yards, 1 touchdown (off a tipped pass) and 1 interception.  Leddie Brown had another ho-hum performance, finishing the game with 44 yards on 12 carries. Garrett Greene added 9 carries, 65 yards and 1 touchdown on the ground. West Virginia's wide receivers were again a bright spot for the team led by Winston Wright with 6 receptions for 86 yards, Sam James with 5 receptions for 70 yards, Bryce Ford-Wheaton with 4 catches for 45 yards and Isaiah Esdale with 5 catches for 49 yards. https://twitter.com/BUFootball/status/1446904011454652416?s=20 The Mountaineers will have a much-needed bye week next weekend before returning to action on the road at TCU on October 23rd.

BREAKING: West Virginia Lands Landen Livingston

Morgantown, West Virginia - The 2022 recruiting class just keeps getting better and better for Neal Brown and the West Virginia Mountaineers! 6'5 285 pound offensive lineman Landen Livingston has just announced his commitment to play for the Mountaineers!  Livingston is from Leo, Indiana and recently narrowed his college choices down to Cincinnati, Iowa, Purdue, Indiana and West Virginia. https://twitter.com/LandenLivingst1/status/1415792938215370753?s=20 Livingston is listed as a three star recruit by 247 and Rivals.  He's currently considered the 39th best interior offensive lineman in the nation and the 13th best prospect in the state of Indiana. Livingston had an official visit at West Virginia on June 11th and immediately fell in love with the school. Livingston told The Voice of Motown that the reason for choosing was West Virginia was very simple: "I'm a big believer in Coach Brown and the way he is running his football program.  I like where things are going as well as the plans that he has in store for the future. I got to build great relationships with the coaching staff throughout this recruitment process.  Coach Parker, Coach Moore and Coach Trickett were some of the coaches I really got to talk to a lot.  I like Coach Moore's coaching style and the way he runs the offensive line. I also love Morgantown.  When I got to go there it was a great experience and I loved the campus.  The fans of West Virginia football are crazy and knowing that they have a great fanbase definitely played a role in this decision." West Virginia already has a Top 25 class and Landen Livingston's commitment will only make it better!  Neal Brown and his staff continue to hit home runs on the recruiting trail and the future is very bright in Morgantown! Welcome Home, Landen! https://twitter.com/landenlivingst1/status/1416066600617316352?s=21

Former WVU Commit Takes No Time in Finding New Home

Well, that didn’t take long. Former Baylor receiver and WVU commit Jaylen Ellis announced his intentions to decommit from the Mountaineers earlier this evening. While this was a shock to many, it now appears that Ellis had something in the world behind the scenes. Moments ago, Ellis committed to Colorado to play for Deion Sanders. https://twitter.com/J4ylenellis/status/1655020848389181441?s=20 The Mountaineers will now likely be looking in the portal for his replacement going into fall camp. Ellis finished the 2022 season with 3 receptions.  

WVU Running Back Enters Transfer Portal

Markquan Rucker, a running back for the Mountaineers, has announced his intentions to enter the transfer portal via Twitter. https://twitter.com/rucker_14/status/1600157645742043136?s=46&t=Gs9fm7XSyZkvA_JuYiiN5w Rucker, who is a West Virginia native, appeared in 7 games for the Mountaineers. He finished his WVU career with 2 Carrie’s for 6 yards. He will have three years of eligibility remaining.

If the Offense Doesn’t Improve, is it Time for Garrett Greene?

Believe me, I am still Jarret Doege’s biggest supporter. I have have faith that he is the answer for the Mountaineers, and that he has the potential to be one of the best signal-callers in the Big 12. However, I am not perfect, and I have been wrong before.   WVU’s offense struggled immensely Saturday against Oklahoma State. Whether the reason was solid defensive play by the Cowboys, or the offense not executing, I don’t know, I’m not the coach. What I do know, however, that if the offense continues to struggle, changes will come. One of those changes is likely to come at the signal-caller.     True freshman Garret Greene is currently waiting in the wings behind Doege. While Doege is more of a traditional pocket passer, Greene brings a new dimension to the field. His ability to use his feet and extend plays makes him more of a threat to defenses. Greene can also give the Mountaineers the opportunity to utilize the read option - an aspect of the offense that cannot be included with Doege. Right now, WVU’s offense seems to be lacking what we call, “razzle dazzle.” Play-calling feels stale, and the play designs just appear to be standard. Though this certainly can work, and Doege has the passing ability to make it do so, the team may just be missing the excitement aspect on offense. Garrett Greene could bring this excitement. Forcing the defense to defend him in the rushing game as well as the passing game could open up opportunities. We could see the Mountaineer offense excel to another level with the added dimension of the quarterback running game. While at Troy, Brown utilized the quarterback running game regularly. It worked for him there, and having the athletic Garrett Greene would almost certainly work for him here. Of course, there’s a lot of time to get the offense corrected, and Jarret Doege is one hell of a quarterback - but the possibility always looms. West Virginia will be looking to take a step forward on offense this Saturday against Baylor.  

West Virginia Player of the Game

(Photo courtesy of West Virginia Athletics) Morgantown, West Virginia - The West Virginia Mountaineers (3-3, 1-2) pulled off a miraculous, come-from-behind victory against the Baylor Bears (3-3, 1-2), winning 43-40 with a field goal late in the 4th quarter. There were several outstanding individual performances for the Mountaineers tonight. Talented wide receiver Kaden Prather had 8 catches 118 yards and 1 touchdown. Quarterback JT Daniels was impressive for most of the game, finishing 24/37 with 283, 1 touchdown and 1 interception. But Tony Mathis really carried the Mountaineers when it mattered most. Mathis, filling in for the injured CJ Donaldson as the starting running back tonight, finished the game with 22 carries and 163 yards on the ground, including 112 yards in the second half alone, and 2 touchdowns. Congratulations to Tony Mathis for being named the Player of the Game! https://twitter.com/CFBONFOX/status/1580746522542886913?s=20&t=PkZnwnO6znyw3r0YlzLm0Q

West Virginia Lands Talented Defensive End

Moments ago, Nijel "CrimeDogg" Mcgriff, a 6'3 280 pound defensive end from Northwest Mississippi Community College, made his commitment to play for the West Virginia Mountaineers. Mcgriff, a three star originally from Jacksonville, Florida, chose the Mountaineers over offers from Florida State and Ole Miss.  Welcome Home! https://twitter.com/McgriffNijel/status/1282859631195365382?s=20

A Living Legend Celebrates His Birthday Today

(Photo by Getty Images)    Today, the greatest coach of all-time in any sport at WVU, Don Nehlen, celebrates his 85th birthday. Nehlen is the all-time winningest coach in Mountaineer Football history with 149 wins, and is a major contributor to the building of the WVU brand. Happy birthday, Coach Nehlen!

West Virginia TCU Gameday Predictions

Morgantown, West Virginia - The West Virginia Mountaineers (3-4, 1-3) host the undefeated (7-0, 4-0), #7 ranked TCU Horned Frogs today at noon in another huge conference game for the Mountaineers. Here's how our experts think the game will play out: Clark Johnson, Senior Writer, The Voice of Morgantown While many will pick against them, I truly believe that the Mountaineers will knock off the Horned Frogs today in Morgantown. Here are reasons why I believe West Virginia will take down TCU, putting the rest of the Big 12 on notice. HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE Milan Puskar Stadium will be energized and ready for this one. Mountaineer fans always show up, and for this one they will be extremely loud. They know that bowl season is at stake, and they’ll want nothing more than to end TCU’s playoff hopes. JT DANIELS The Horned Frogs have been helped by some quarterback injuries this season. In victories over Oklahoma, Kansas State, and Kansas, their opponent’s starting quarterback was knocked out of the game. Should Daniels be able to stay healthy, I have no doubt that West Virginia will be in the game late. That’s all they can really ask to be. TCU’s DEFENSE  West Virginia’s offense has been improved this year. On the other side, the Horned Frogs haven’t performed great defensively. Giving up almost 400 yards per game, we should expect Graham Harrell to compose a game-plan that will test TCU’s defense early and often. Expect a lot of points on the board. NEAL BROWN OWNS THE FROGS If there is one team that Neal Brown has shown he can beat consistently, it’s TCU. This isn’t late-era Gary Patterson’s TCU, no, but this is still, for the most part, the same roster. Neal Brown knows the personnel he’s going up against. He knows what he has to do to be successful. TCU’s SCHEDULE HAS BEEN RELATIVELY SOFT  Outside of a win against #8 Oklahoma State (which took two overtimes), TCU’s schedule hasn’t been that tough. Mostly considering the luck they’ve had with opposing team’s losing their starting quarterback. Also, they’ve needed late-game heroics several times to win. So for that, I’m not necessarily extremely impressed with them. WVU 33 TCU 31 Joshua Kerns, Writer, The Voice of Morgantown West Virginia NEEDS a win today if Neal Brown wants to have ANY chance to keep his job. I tink that he will do JUST enough today to keep his job and squeak out a win against a red-hot TCU team. WVU 42 TCU 38 Brad Smith, Publisher, The Voice of Morgantown TCU is everything that the West Virginia Mountaineers are not; fundamentally-sound, disciplined and well-coached.  Max Duggan, TCU's starting quarterback, is the best quarterback in the Big 12 Conference this season, throwing for 19 touchdowns and just one interception through seven games. West Virginia's defense, particularly its secondary, has been extremely vulnerable this season and Duggan and his talented wide receivers should be able to throw all over the Mountaineers today. With that said, TCU's pass defense is 105th out of 131 teams in the nation and JT Daniels could very well have a huge game today as well. However, TCU is 3rd in the nation in both scoring and yards against much better defenses than West Virginia's, and they have found ways to win over and over again today. TCU is a superior team right now and they win in a shootout in Morgantown today. TCU 51 West Virginia 42

Outlet Awards Pat McAfee Prestigious Honor

(Photo by The Pat McAfee Show) Former WVU kicker/punter Pat McAfee is making a name for himself. The 35-year old is quickly becoming one of the most recognizable names in all of sports media. He’s funny, he’s energetic, and he’s not afraid to do anything for a laugh. With his hard work and dedication to his craft has earned him a plethora of praise across the country. McAfee, who is now a part of ESPN’s College Gameday, has been named The Athletic’s Sports Media Person of the Year. https://twitter.com/theathletic/status/1603831185024614419?s=46&t=vBGcwIHwDDhCdRnzGUK_Rw For all the negativity and bickering around media in general, McAfee certainly is a breath of fresh air to the game that often tries to outdo each other.

Neal Brown is NOT Going to South Carolina, And It is Ridiculous to Mention...

I’ve heard some idiotic stuff out of Mountaineer fans, but this one may take the prize as easily the dumbest I’ve ever heard. All across social media, Mountaineer Nation has began to speculate that Neal Brown may be a candidate for the recently opened South Carolina job. The Gamecocks fired head coach Will Muschamp after a 59-42 loss to Ole Miss last weekend, and are now in the midst of a coaching search. Though South Carolina is in the SEC, it is not an attractive job. Outside of a good run under Steve Spurrier, the program has for the most part been very average to mediocre. To go along with that, the Gamecocks compete in the SEC East, which is loaded with teams like Florida, Georgia, and has up-and-comers in Tennessee and Kentucky. Not only would Brown leaving for South Carolina be a lateral move, but he would be setting himself up for failure. Coach Brown has already started “The Climb” with the Mountaineers, and leaving to rebuild a program like South Carolina would be a massive step back in his coaching career. I’m sure Neal Brown likes his chances against the Iowa States and the Oklahoma States of the Big 12 more than he does against powerhouses like Florida and Georgia. Even mentioning him as a candidate for South Carolina does not make sense, and is honestly ridiculous. Quit worrying about Brown leaving, because he isn’t. The rebuild in Morgantown has only begun, and Neal Brown will be a part of it for the foreseeable future - and he sure as hell wouldn’t throw it away for a mediocre job in Columbia, South Carolina.

Reasons To Be Excited But Not Too Excited After West Virginia’s Win At Virginia...

Morgantown, West Virginia - To be clear, the Virginia Tech Hokies are only a little bit better than Towson. Talent-wise, they weren't on the same planet as West Virginia. Beating Virginia Tech in Blacksburg is a major victory regardless of the talent level, however, and it was clear that the Mountaineers have the roster to be a very competitive team in the Big 12 Conference. JT Daniels just might be the best pure passer ever at West Virginia. Obviously that's difficult to accurately determine and a case could certainly be made for former greats like Marc Bulger, Geno Smith, Will Grier, etc., but Daniels is everything he was hyped up to be and then some. CJ Donaldson has rushed 52 times for 380 yards (7.3 yards per carry) and 6 touchdowns in the first four games of his career, and looks like a legitimate top running back in the nation. West Virginia's wide receivers, particularly Bryce Ford-Wheaton, Kaden Prather and Sam James, are collectively as talented and capable as any receiving corps in the Big 12. The offensive line, which has been brutally bad over the past several years, appears to finally be coming together as a cohesive unit. The defensive line, led by Dante Stills, could be the strongest part of the West Virginia team. In other words, there is an awful lot to excited about! With that said, West Virginia has only beaten Towson and a team that is only a little bit better than Towson, Virginia Tech. They still have two really bad losses that should have been wins and their upcoming conference schedule is beyond grueling. The Mountaineers have games at Texas, at home against Baylor and at Texas Tech looming, and it's unlikely that they'll be favored to win any of them. What's now clear, however, is that West Virginia has the talent to compete with anyone in the conference and perhaps the nation. This is a very, very talented team, particularly on the offensive side of the ball, and although they are not a very well-coached team, they could still make some major noise this season.

I Love This Team

When Neal Brown was hired all the way back in January 2019, this is the Mountaineer Football team I expected. Though he came in with an air raid background, his time at Troy was spent running the ball and playing good defense. As a Mountaineer fan, I knew this was the brand of football we must transition to if we hoped to ever have a chance in the Big 12. We had seen the "throw it around and outscore them" style of play for seven seasons, and it had not worked.   The 2020 Mountaineers have completely turned the script on that. This is easily the best Mountaineer defense we have seen since 2010 with Bruce Irvin and Keith Tandy. Despite Kansas' offensive struggles helping the cause, West Virginia is now ranked as the best total defense in the nation. When was the last time we could say that in Morgantown? I have been a fan since I was in fourth grade - all the way back in 2007 - and I truly cannot remember West Virginia having a defensive line this elite.   Not only do we have Darius Stills making acrobatic interceptions, but true freshman Akheem Mesidor is making a case for why he may be the best young star in the Big 12. This defensive front for the Mountaineers has made their presence felt in every game this season. Going back to pre-Neal Brown and his staff, that was one of the biggest areas of concern. West Virginia could not get pressure on the quarterback. Now they can and it is making all the difference in the world.   We also need to give some love to this secondary. This was the unit I was most concerned with going into 2020, mostly due to their lack of experience. Boy, have I been proven wrong though, and I have loved every minute of it. Nicktroy Fortune, Dreshun Miller, and Tykee Smith have all had fantastic years, and have really held their own in the backend of the defense. Had this unit have struggled, I'm not sure we would be 3-1 or have the defense that we do. This secondary has quietly been the anchor for the defense.   Offensively it hasn't always been pretty, but it has got the job done. Leddie Brown has exploded onto the scene, and Jarret Doege has done enough to win games for this team. This isn't your Will Grier/David Sills offense that could score on anyone at anytime. Instead, it uses the ground game to set up the pass, and the unit is getting the job done. That is all we can ask for as fans.   I absolutely love this team. The 2020 Mountaineers have the feel of a special team if they can continue to trend in the direction they are. What is so promising is this team is still relatively youthful, meaning they have not reached our full potential yet. If nothing else excites you, this should.   I TRUST THE CLIMB, and so should you.