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WVU’s 31-14 loss to the Iowa State Cyclones on Saturday was anything but pretty. The Mountaineers were out-played, out-coached, and downright dominated. The offense failed to get anything going all afternoon, and that reflects in the box score.
Easily the biggest disappointment of the afternoon was quarterback J.T. Daniels. The Georgia transfer was abysmal, completing 8 of 22 passes for 81 yards and one touchdown to one interception. He could just never find a rhythm, and consistently missed open receivers.
Not a drop issue, not a problem with pressure – he would just flat out miss the throw.
With that being said, something has just seemed off with Daniels lately. Outside of a solid performance against TCU, he has been absolutely miserable against both Texas Tech and Iowa State. I’m not sure what the reasoning behind his performance is, whether it be an injury under wraps or maybe just a rough patch, but his performance is holding the team back.
This is why I think it is time to turn to backup Garrett Greene.
Despite being limited in action, Greene looked energized and efficient on Saturday. He was pushing the ball down the field, keeping plays alive with his legs, and even threw his first career touchdown. The offense just seemed to click, albeit too little, too late.
We have seen the best we’re going to get out of Daniels. That’s just the cold hard truth for 2022. The team is struggling, and remaining with the same philosophy isn’t going to change anything.
Giving Greene the opportunity to finally see extended playing time would also give the team a look at future options. Then, should things not work out with Greene, they could turn to another quarterback on the roster.
This season is lost, and it’s about time to just start throwing stuff at the wall to see what sticks. So why not begin with the signal-caller position? Let’s see what the kid has got.