(Photo by WVU Athletics)
MORGANTOWN, West Virginia — The West Virginia University Mountaineers held their annual Gold-Blue Spring Game yesterday at Milan Puskar Stadium. In a 56-51 Gold victory, several players had their first opportunity to display their talents in front of a small crowd of fans in attendance. Garrett Greene, who is no stranger to Mountaineer Nation, was easily the highlight of the afternoon after putting together a stellar performance.
The redshirt junior completed 8 of 11 passes for 156 yards and one touchdown. He also caught one touchdown pass of 40 yards, and added 16 yards rushing. With him in the game, the offense seemed to fire on all cylinders, and even appeared to have a little more fire in them.
Greene has been in a tightly contested quarterback battle with redshirt freshman Nicco Marchiol since the conclusion of the 2022 football season. While many have assumed that the talented Marchiol would ultimately win the starting job, yesterday certainly painted a different picture of things to come in Morgantown.
Myself, and anybody else with eyes and a knowledge for the game of football, can clearly tell that Greene is the clear cut starting quarterback for this football team. No matter what coaching talk Neal Brown wants to spin on it, Greene is the most prepared quarterback – and it honestly isn’t even close.
Marchiol will have his time in the spotlight. He is simply too talented to keep off of the field. However, a 6 for 12 for 58 yards showing isn’t enough to convince anyone that he should be the starting quarterback to open the 2023 season. He looked lost, often confused, and just unprepared for the responsibility of leading a collegiate offense at this moment.
Greene on the other hand looked up to the challenge and even embraced it. Though Brown will surely allow this battle to play out through fall camp, an official announcement on his decision could come sooner than expected.
Based on what you saw yesterday, who should start at quarterback for the Mountaineers against Penn State? #WVU
— The Voice of Morgantown (@voicemorgantown) April 23, 2023
Garrett Greene is the clear cut #1 guy.
It’s not even close.
— Clark Johnson (@_jamesclark3_) April 22, 2023