Why Garrett Greene Will Start Week One Against Pitt

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Going into spring football, the biggest question surrounding the 2022 Mountaineer Football team is who will be the quarterback next season. A three-man competition is expected to take place between redshirt sophomore Garrett Greene, redshirt freshman Will Crowder, and true freshman Nicco Marchiol all the way into fall camp.


While many fans are under the assumption that either Crowder or Greene will take the reigns going into the week one matchup against the Pitt Panthers, I have somewhat seemed to lean the other way. While I expect either one of them to become the eventual long tenured starter in Morgantown, I will be surprised if anyone other than Garrett Greene takes the field to open up in Pittsburgh on September 1st.


Here’s why…


During his time in Morgantown, Neal Brown has proven that he is prone to give experienced players the benefit of the doubt. The most obvious example of this was his reluctance to pull a struggling Jarret Doege in 2021. Why did he do this? Because Doege had the most experience in the quarterback room. Going into the 2022 season, unless Graham Harrell has a larger say otherwise, I expect him to go with the experienced hand early on. By default, that would be Garrett Greene.


While he has some areas to work on, Greene did show flashes at times on the field, mostly coming in the running game. Should he find a way to improve his accuracy as well as his pocket presence, there is no reason he won’t be able to win the starting job – that is unless one of the other two players simply outperforms him in the preseason camps.


So call it my bold prediction if you will, but Garrett Greene WILL go into next season as the Mountaineers’ starter should nobody make their way to Morgantown through the transfer portal. It’s experience over everything right now at WVU, and I expect that trend to continue next season unless proven otherwise.