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    Sophomore quarterback David Isreal is no longer on West Virginia’s football roster. He reportedly has left the program in search of an better opportunity to play the QB position at another college.

    The 6-foot-2, 183-pound Isreal, who is a native of Blythewood, S.C., spent one year at Butler (Kansas) Community College before signing with the Mountaineers last spring. On a WVU squad that was thin at the quarterback position, Isreal was one of only three scholarship QBs eligible to play for the Mountaineers last fall (another, Jack Allison, was with the team but not eligible for game action since he was a transfer from Miami). And thus Isreal traveled with West Virginia and was available in case West Virginia needed a third quarterback. He ascended to the second-team role for the last three games after starter Will Grier was lost to injury, and backup Chris Chugunov moved up to the starting spot. But Isreal never was called upon to play last fall, and thus since he didn’t play a snap in 2017, he redshirted.

    If Isreal transfers down to the FSC or Division II level, he will be able to play immediately and he would have three seasons of eligibility remaining. If he transfers to another FBS school, he would have to sit out the 2018 season and would have two years of eligibility remaining starting in 2019.

    Isreal threw for 1,841 yards at Butler C.C. in 2016, and he led Blythewood to a 9-4 record his senior year at the South Carolina high school.


    Wish him well.


    Another one bites the dust. Our QB depth looked very good coming into this year and next. After a RS this year Isreal could have had a shot at the backup next year. Good chance he could leap Chugs, but with Allison available he may have seen the writing on the wall. Then he would have to go up against Lowe for the backup spor to Allison the next year.

    It always hurts to lose a QB. Can never have too many on the bench.


    No disrespect intended, but there’s no way Isreal was ever going to play QB at WVU. WVU had to get someone to have for an emergency QB this past year, and it did so, and got the chance to see if he could play at this level. I don’t mean this in any negative way, but this was not a major hit. I don’t see any way he would have bypassed Chugs.


    Those closer to the day to day action see things a little different than the bystanders on the other end of the web. His hype coming out of JC was pretty good but that’s the same for most JC’s. If he couldn’t pass Chugs after a RS year then his chances of seeing the field were slim to none with Allison and Lowe coming on board and available. No disrespect to Chugs, I happen to like the kid, but he doesn’t have the mobility and accuracy we need as a backup. Most likely he’ll fall behind one of the other guys this year.


    That well could happen. This spring is a critical one for Chugs, although I think a good bit of his performance in the bowl game was due to the abysmal performance of the offensive line, which was down two starters.

    Also to note in the QB situation, looks like Trey Lowe may have made the 35 for the baseball team, which would mean missing some sprinf FB practice? I need to go line up the baseball game sched with the FB prac sched and see what it looks like. Mazey said if it looked like Lowe could help he’d talk to Dana about it.

    Of course, there’s a big jump from being on the “active” roster to playing, and Trey didn’t play in any of last weekend’s games.


    Critical for Chugs and also critical for incoming FR. This is the extra time they have to get used to the system. If Trey is missing even some of the spring drills he’s missing out on a lot.

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