Brown Names WVU’s Starting QB For Season Opener

West Virginia quarterback Jarret Doege surveys the field
West Virginia quarterback Jarret Doege surveys the field

West Virginia coach Neal Brown named junior Jarret Doege his starting quarterback for the Mountaineers’ season opening game against Eastern Kentucky on Saturday, Sept. 12, at Milan Puskar Stadium.

Brown made the announcement Thursday night during his weekly radio show.

“We had a long quarterback battle and we really feel like we have two quarterbacks on our roster that can win Big 12 games right now, which I think is a huge positive,” Brown said. “We hoped the competition was going to go through the spring and we would be able to name a starter as little earlier but it didn’t work out that way.

“We went three weeks into camp, had two true scrimmages and one kind of partial scrimmage, and after that Jarret Doege will be our starter heading into the Eastern Kentucky game,” Brown said. “He won the job.”

West Virginia quarterback Jarret Doege sends a pass on its way

Doege, a former Bowling Green transfer, beat out former Oklahoma transfer and last year’s starting quarterback Austin Kendall during preseason training camp, which concluded Tuesday evening.

The Mountaineers began preparations for Eastern Kentucky Thursday afternoon.

Doege, a Lubbock, Texas resident, started the final three games last year when he led West Virginia to a pair of impressive late-season road victories at 24th-ranked Kansas State and TCU.

In four total appearances, Doege completed 79-of-120 passes for 818 yards with seven touchdowns and three interceptions. He passed for a season-best 307 yards in a 20-13 home loss to 22nd-ranked Oklahoma State.

Doege played two seasons at Bowling Green in 2017-18 where he passed for 4,041 yards with 39 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.

Kendall, a fifth-year senior from Waxhaw, North Carolina, started nine games last year before giving way to Doege and will begin the 2020 campaign as West Virginia’s No. 2 quarterback.

He completed 187-of-304 passes for 1,989 yards and 12 touchdowns with 10 interceptions for the Mountaineers in 2019. Kendall threw for a career-high 367 yards in a home loss to Texas and totaled 355 yards in a home defeat to Texas Tech.

“Austin Kendall is much improved and this was a true battle right down to the last scrimmage,” Brown said.,

West Virginia’s 2020 opener against Eastern Kentucky will kick off at noon and will be televised nationally on FS1.

Previously, WVU announced that no fans will be permitted to attend the game due to safety precautions from the COVID-19 pandemic. Only essential game operations personnel and families of the players and football staff will be admitted.

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  • #121784

    West Virginia coach Neal Brown today named junior Jarret Doege his starting quarterback for the Mountaineers’ season opening game against Eastern Kent
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    #121796

    If Doege does a decent job this year and isn’t supplanted by Kendall at some time during the season does Kendall stay for his extra SR year?

    #121827

    Likely not.  It’s the way of the backup Qi to move on and find a place to play.

    #121829

    Doege will be back next year too, so if Kendall can’t beat him this year, he probably wouldn’t next year either. I bet Kendall does not come back next year.

    #121854

    Then QB situation is indeed bizarre amid a bizarre season.

    -Big time recruit and OU transfer can’t beat out lowly recruited transfer from Bowling Green

    -Evertone gets a “redshirt year” regardless of playing time.

    -Freshman Greene has turned heads but now faces prospect of an extra year before he would assume the starting position

    -Kendall had obvious professional aspirations at one time and now faced with not playing this year or next as he’s stuck behind Doege

    Some tough situations for this staff to manage for sure.

    #121885

    Injuries could give him another chance.

    #121912

    Past years we’ve lost a number of QB’s that were a couple years away from having their chance.  With these guys they want immediate gratification.  If they don’t see their opportunity after their 2nd year they bolt for another program.  Good players not wanting to fight thru the clutter at the P5 schools are filtering down to lower programs.

    Then on the other side, good players that starters as FR are looking to transfer up to bigger programs.

    We’ve seen it both ways for as long as I’ve been watching WVU FB.

    #121981

    Told the wife last year that Brown found his starter with Doege. I too suspect Kendall will leave. It seems that Brown also is signaling that Greene is the future, read heir apparent.

    #121986

    Let’s not forget about Cavallaro as a backup next year.  Even though he’s a WO he has some pretty good skills.

    #122030

    There’s no way to predict what Doege or Kendall will do at this point. We’ll ask that question later in the season when we get the chance (but those opportunities are going to be limited).

    I would suspect that other than those who have already decided to declare for the draft, they haven’t given it serious consideration yet.

    I would not put Cavallaro in front of Trent Jackson at this point.

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