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Easily the biggest question for the Mountaineers heading into spring ball is the quarterback position. Gone is Jarret Doege, leaving three gentlemen to compete for the position in 2022 – Garrett Greene, Will Crowder, and Nicco Marchiol.
While there certainly isn’t a shortage of talent in the quarterback room, there is a shortage of experience. Garrett Greene, who will be a redshirt sophomore, is the only player who has seen extended playing time. Though there is reason for excitement with him given his skill set, he failed to get a hold on the starting position that Doege so often tried to throw away.
Nicco Marchiol is who many consider to be the future of the program, with Will Crowder seen as the potential dark horse. However, while I believe one of these two will eventually position themselves as the leader of the team, it will be in the best interest of the Mountaineers to add a graduate transfer to the quarterback room. Nobody who will be around for the long-term, but someone who can help bridge the program to their next signal-caller.
Throwing a quarterback to the fire too early can ruin him – Neal Brown himself has even said that. The three quarterbacks on the roster simply need time to develop.
There is plenty of talent to go around in the transfer portal at quarterback. One that comes to mind is Georgia transfer J.T. Daniels. He has all of the talent in the world, and has even played for offensive coordinator Graham Harrell before. If the Mountaineers could somehow land him, it would set the program up for future success. More than just the one year he would be in Morgantown.
He would give the program more time to develop their future guy.
Should WVU add a quarterback, it will be after the spring, per Coach Brown. Unless one of these three quarterbacks can get a strong hold on the starting position, fans should prepare themselves for the news of an addition.