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After what was assumed to be a career-ending injury at the time it happened, UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton has worked long and hard to make it back to the gridiron. The storied quarterback announced his intentions to transfer from UCF yesterday, and officially entered his name into the NCAA’s transfer portal. As usual, anytime a big name quarterback becomes available, Mountaineer fans begin to speculate. “Could he be the next great signal caller to make his way to Morgantown?”
I’ll go ahead and shut down that speculation very quickly – McKenzie Milton will not be a Mountaineer, nor will Neal Brown recruit him. West Virginia has absolutely no need for Milton, and if you cannot see that then you are likely football ignorant.
Jarret Doege has done absolutely nothing to lose his starting job with the Mountaineers. NOTHING. The former Bowling Green signal-caller has had a solid season in his first attempt being the full-time starter for West Virginia. He has completed 65.8% of his passes, currently sits with 2,219 yards and 13 touchdown passes to only 3 interceptions. I don’t know about you guys, but I think those are solid numbers.
Milton hasn’t played a live football game in two years, meaning he will be a huge risk for anyone who gives him a chance. Doege still has at least one more year as the Mountaineers’ starting quarterback, and two if he chooses to return due to the COVID-19 extra year of eligibility. He will only continue to improve, and bringing in a well-known quarterback like Milton would not only be a slap in the face to Doege, but completely idiotic.
Let’s not start the McKenzie Milton to WVU speculation, people. Don’t waste your breath.