Tomorrow, Jarret Doege will be making his fourth career start at quarterback for the Mountaineers. After a lengthy competition with redshirt senior Austin Kendall, Doege was finally named the starter on September 3rd by Head Coach Neal Brown. While many have remained skeptical about Doege’s potential, often citing that his stats resembled that of Kendall’s last season, we believe he has what it takes to set himself apart as one of the best quarterback in the Big 12.
The 19-games he competed in at Bowling Green along with the 4 games he saw action in at WVU should go a long way for Doege. He has seen virtually every situation a game can throw at him. Blowouts, close games, nail biters, and even weird matchups. There isn’t much Jarret Doege has not seen as a college quarterback.
Finally, let’s talk about the physical and mental components to Doege’s play. What he brings to the table is a fiery moxie and lethal arm talent. Several times last season, Doege put his arm strength on display for Mountaineer Nation to see. One play in particular came against Oklahoma State. Throwing off of his backfoot, Doege would fire a deep shot to receiver George Campbell for a touchdown. Despite not being properly set nor having really any leverage on the throw whatsoever, Doege was able to put the touch, velocity, and strength behind the throw to find the receiver in the end zone for the touchdown.
As for his fiery moxie, this shows his leadership capabilities. Quarterbacks are expected to be the leader of the team. In doing so, they cannot be afraid to show their personality a little during a game. Doege became animated each time he made a big play. Celebrating with teammates, giving a fired up fist pump, and most famously extending his hands to let out an in-game war cry to the crowd. If this personality Doege displays can translate to the locker room, he will easily win over his teammates – if he hasn’t done so already.
Doege has everything it takes to be a spectacular Big 12 quarterback. The arm, the experience, and the passion. If he continues to grow in Neal Brown’s offense, he could even find himself in the midst of the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year conversation.
If you have not heard it anywhere else, then you heard it here first. Jarret Doege will be one of the best quarterbacks in the Big 12 – sooner rather than later.