Garrett Greene is the Best Kept Secret in College Football

Morgantown, WV – As the West Virginia Mountaineers inch closer to the 2024 college football season, media and fans alike are beginning to speculate what could come of the  133rd team in school history. For the first time in over half a decade, there is optimism in the Mountain State.

The team is fresh off of a 9-4 season in 2023, including a 30-10 win over North Carolina in the Duke’s Mayo Bowl. Media members have picked the Mountaineers to finish 7th in the Big 12 in 2024. Although that is relatively low considering the 9-win mark, this is not a position that anybody expected them to be in at this point in time – certainly not last year.

While much of the recent success can be attributed to changes made by Head Coach Neal Brown, the more obvious and surprisingly overlooked central piece to this resurgence can be found no further than the signal-caller – Garrett Greene.

Greene heads into his senior season as one of the highest-graded quarterbacks in the Big 12 and nation, per Pro Football Focus. 2023 was his first season as the starting quarterback in Morgantown – and he did not disappoint. The Florida native accumulated over 3,000 total yards and 29 touchdowns, leading the Mountaineers to a respectable 8-4 mark (missing the Texas Tech game due to injury).

Despite this on-field success accompanied with the title of “heart and soul of the team” given by Neal Brown, Greene has still experienced struggles garnering attention from the national media. Often disregarded during discussions of quarterbacks in the Big 12, he also did not receive any preseason honors.

Some have accredited their lack of faith in Greene to his 52.9% completion percentage during the 2023 season. This was a problem that was addressed by Greene himself. Reports from the Manning Passing Academy this summer have indicated that it is an issue that he has corrected.

These improvements could quickly ascend the Mountaineers into contender status in the Big 12. Greene’s now improved passing game and his contributions to the running game place him squarely as a top threat in the conference.

He is now arguably the best kept secret in ALL of college football.

What do fans think of when they hear the term “best kept secret?” Many will answer that the title belongs to a player with loads of potential but no recognition. This player has already proven that they are capable of playing at a high-level, but just haven’t been able to pierce through the impenetrable wall known as the blue blood-biased media.

Garrett Greene checks these prerequisites.

He is a proven signal-caller in the Big 12. Kept out of the media spotlight prior to the season, but seen as a leader of a program. Greene has all of the potential to put together an outstanding season, but has yet to be recognized for possessing such skill.

Fans and media who cover Greene and the Mountaineers are aware of the talent he brings to the field. The national media, however, is not, apparently.

Anyone who puts on the tape and watches Greene this upcoming season will see just what a special player he is. He is an experienced signal-caller with unlimited big-play ability that does not put his team in harm’s way. Greene will be the headliner of a team that will ultimately be a surprise in the Big 12 Conference – and potentially even push for a spot in the 12-team College Football Playoff.

Under his leadership, the Mountaineers will climb to heights that they have not yet experienced in the Big 12.

While nobody is talking now, you can bet that he will have attention from all over the nation by December.

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