Why Not Garrett Greene, Why Not Now?

Morgantown, West Virginia –  Let me preface this by saying there is not a quarterback controversy at West Virginia University and nor should there be.  Junior Jarret Doege has the experience, the confidence and is the undisputed starting quarterback for the Mountaineers.

As noted multiple times in the past few days on social media, Jarret Doege graded out as one of the most productive quarterbacks of this past weekend.  Although he has not gotten the support of his wide receivers, Doege has been good enough to not lose games this season.

However, precocious true freshman Garrett Greene is a very valuable player that could provide moments of real productivity for the West Virginia offense this season.

This past weekend, particularly when tied late in the game and with the Mountaineers struggled to move the ball, Greene would have been a perfect spark to ignite the offense.

Jarret Doege is many things, but he is not particularly mobile.  In fact, he seems to lumber around a bit in the pocket when it collapses often behind a subpar offensive line.  Most successful college teams use a dual threat quarterback because as the phrase dual threat implies, they are a dual threat.  

Mobile quarterbacks can escape pressure and create plays when the pocket collapses and they have to make thing happen with their feet.  Having a mobile quarterback is particularly important when a team has an average or (or in the case of WVU, a below average) offensive line.  A mobile quarterback adds a whole new dynamic to the West Virginia offense.

West Virginia needs a mobile quarterback this season.  At least at times.

Although Garrett Greene is only a freshman, he is a winner, he has a different level of confidence and spunk than a typical first year player, and he wants to play right now.  Neal Brown, let’s get creative and play the freshman when the offense sputters.  Jarret Doege is the starter, but young Garrett Greene could add a lot to the offense immediately.

What exactly does Neal Brown and the West Virginia Mountaineers have to lose?

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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.