I can see it now – our always lovely Facebook comment section will implode over this one. Like it or not, however, it is true. Jarret Doege is the best option at quarterback for WVU going into the 2021 season.
Fans will use the Liberty Bowl as a reason why they would like to see the team go in a different direction than Doege, but I will hold my ground and absolutely refuse to nudge. A quarterback with as much experience as Doege is hard to come by in College Football. Playing in 33 career games at both WVU and Bowling Green, 14 of those have been with the Mountaineers, including 13 starts. Behind him, Garrett Greene is the only signal-caller with any kind of experience going into 2021. The garbage time Greene picked up against Eastern Kentucky, and a 7-yard scamper against Iowa State are not enough to convince me he should unseat Doege as the team’s starter.
Looking ahead to the 2021 season, the Mountaineers have a challenging schedule. They will begin the season with a trip to College Park to take on Maryland, and they will close non-conference play with a home date against the Virginia Tech Hokies. Once this is blended with a tough Big 12 schedule that will include road games against Oklahoma and TCU, and home games against Iowa State and Texas, you need experience leading you at signal-caller. Doege has seen these teams before, and has played on the big stages. He knows what to expect, and I believe he will handle it better than an inexperienced, albeit talented young quarterback.