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It will be the talk of Morgantown for the next nine months – is Jarret Doege still the guy for the Mountaineers? After the Bowling Green transfer was benched during the second half of the Liberty Bowl, many now believe that we could have seen the last of his days as WVU’s starting quarterback. While anything is possible and one of the youngsters on the roster could take his place, my faith is still in Doege moving forward.
Yes, I know, this isn’t the most popular opinion, but hear me out. With Austin Kendall’s departure, Doege is now the only quarterback on WVU’s roster with any kind of experience. Greene has yet to play meaningful football at the collegiate level, and Crowder will be a young face that has yet to go against FBS competition.
Doege also hasn’t done anything that calls for him to lose his job. He finished the year with a solid TD-INT ratio (14-4), and led the team to a winning record (6-4). He wasn’t always the most flashy, but he got the job done. Sure, he struggled in the bowl game, but that was against a solid Army defense. With him behind center, the team is in the safest hands at signal caller it could be in.
Fans will debate the quarterback position all offseason, but the argument against Doege simply isn’t strong enough at this point in time. I believe Neal Brown will do what is best for his team, and I fully expect him to go with the experienced hand here.