The End of the Jarret Doege Era

Morgantown, West Virginia – At some point, the end of the Jarret Doege Era as the starting quarterback of the West Virginia Mountaineers will come to an end, and quite frankly, it couldn’t happen soon enough.

Doege, who unbelievably will still has another year of eligibility remaining next season, is having his worst season in his career by far this year.  Despite Neal Brown calling him “the most improved player on the West Virginia roster” during the offseason, Doege has actually shown tremendous regression.

According to Pro Football Focus, Doege has gone from a 81.7 grade in 2019 to a 77.1 grade in 2020 to a 52.1 this season.  That 52.1 quarterback grade is 171st out of 197 eligible quarterbacks in the nation.

His overall grade yesterday against Virginia Tech?  36.3.  That’s one of the worst of his career and the absolute worst while at West Virginia.

Not only is Doege struggling badly statistically, he is also not the right fit at all in Neal Brown’s offense.  His complete lack of mobility makes West Virginia’s Run Pass Option (RPO) predictable and easy to defend.  Defenses are able to key on the Mountaineers running backs without having to worry about Doege keeping the ball and running with it himself.

While Doege apparently reads defenses better than redshirt freshman Garrett Greene, reading defenses doesn’t matter when he’s not able to make the throws.

The numbers don’t lie.  Doege has been bad, but even the completions that he makes are often poor passes.  Statistically, Doege struggles with short passes, with mid-range passes and is particularly bad with long, downfield throws.

In addition to his poor passing and lack of mobility, Doege also makes careless mistakes and doesn’t take care of the ball.  Doege had two major turnovers in the second half that almost cost West Virginia – a lost fumble and a horrific late interception – and it’s time that Neal Brown do the right thing and end Jarret Doege’s run as the starting quarterback before he actually loses another game for the Mountaineers.

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Brad Smith
Brad Smith, "The Voice of Morgantown", is the most trusted, accomplished name in West Virginia sports journalism. Smith is the foremost, preeminent authority on West Virginia athletics and a lifelong fan of the Mountaineers. Smith, a proud graduate of West Virginia University, resides in Morgantown most of the year, but has a home in Jacksonville, Florida, where he lives during the winter.