Morgantown, West Virginia – To be clear, the last thing anyone wants is for Garrett Greene to leave West Virginia University and decide to transfer, but could anyone really blame him if he does?
Greene, a redshirt freshman who has played only sparingly behind starter Jarret Doege for two seasons, has not been given a real opportunity to prove himself and he may never get that shot at West Virginia.
What’s become very evident this season is that Neal Brown doesn’t trust Garrett Greene to throw the ball down field. On Greene’s one possession last week against Texas Tech – the one possession that the Mountaineers actually moved the ball in the first half – Brown called a drag route that Greene executed perfectly, hitting his wide receiver for a first down.
What we found out today is that Neal Brown didn’t actually mean to call that play for Greene. “We have a play bank for Garrett and one for Doege. I called one of Doege’s plays by accident when Garrett was in the game.”
Brown has relegated Greene to a one-dimensional player who he simply does not want to throw the ball downfield. Let’s remember that Greene was a former four star Elite 11 quarterback out of high school who is extremely capable of passing the ball downfield with accuracy.
The Elite 11 competition is reserved for the very best quarterbacks in the nation and Greene shined at the event. For Brown to argue that he’s not capable of throwing passes downfield better that Jarret Doege is absolutely ludicrous.
Garrett Greene is a bright, fiery, competitive young man who wants to compete and wants to compete now, not sit patiently on the sidelines behind someone he knows that he’s better than. With Jarret Doege potentially returning for another season next year and talented true freshman Will “Goose” Crowder eager to play, the quarterback room is already crowded before four star stud Nicco Marchiol even steps foot on campus.
When student athletes are involved, it’s important to consider what’s best for the young men. Obviously Neal Brown and Mountaineer fans would like for Garrett Greene to remain with the team for the next four years, but can anyone honestly say that this is what is best for this young man’s future? While the success of the football program is paramount, would anyone really blame Greene for doing what’s best for himself?