Jarret Doege Has Sensational Start to His West Virginia Career
For those folks who claimed that it didn’t matter who the quarterback was this season behind an atrocious offensive line, a bad running game and drops from wide receivers, Jarret Doege has shown that it is possible for the West Virginia offense to be successful with the right player behind center.
Doege, the Redshirt Junior transfer from Bowling Green, has moved the ball more consistently and more effectively in the first half of the Mountaineers’ first half than they have all season long.
Doege’s statline is a bit deceptive due to key drops and conservative play-calling (horrendous play call to run on 3rd and 4 up 14-10 in the 2nd quarter), but he’s been absolutely sensational as he’s 9/15 with 102 yards and 2 touchdowns in the first half. The best part is that the Mountaineers are in position to win against a tough, 24th-ranked Kansas State team on the road.
Although Doege has still been faced with poor offensive line play in the first half and usual drops from wide receivers, the run game has looked much improved and Doege has proven that he is an elite downfield passer, which is something that the Mountaineers have lacked in the first nine games of the season.
Doege’s first touchdown was a perfect dime to Senior George Campbell, who only catches touchdowns.
The very next possession, Doege threw an absolute strike to George Campbell, once again for a touchdown.
Doege will now likely finish the season as the starting quarterback and still have two more seasons to lead the Mountaineers in 2020 and 2021. The NCAA now permits redshirt players to compete in up to four games without losing eligibility in the future. Doege playing in the final three games will help him to get experience with all new playmakers and be crucial to the success of the offense in the future.
However, this season isn’t over and if the Mountaineers can win these final three games against Kansas State today, Oklahoma State at home next weekend and TCU in the regular season finale, West Virginia could still be bowl eligible this year.