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3 Things to Watch in Spring: Offense



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1. Who’s going to sling it?

Quarterback Jack Allison sets up to deliver a pass during the home opener vs Youngstown State (Photo: WVU Athletics)

The obvious; Who’s going to replace Will Grier and will it be a two-player battle or three?

Neal Brown added Oklahoma grad transfer Austin Kendall, which adds more than just depth to the quarterback room. Now, there is a serious competition of two highly talented veteran signal callers along with a redshirt freshman, Trey Lowe.

All of the focus will be on Allison and Kendall, but coach Brown has said that it will be a three-man battle and each quarterback will receive equal reps until one or two guys start to emerge. “When you have three guys that are really competing, you got to divide up the reps and we’re not overly deep at wideout as far as numbers are concerned, so it’s hard on them to not get the same amount of reps that they normally would.” Neal Brown said.

Jack Allison was very erratic in his lone start in the bowl game to say the very least, but judging a quarterback off of one performance is not ideal. Allison will head into an offseason for the first time having a legit chance to win the starting job and having the same playing field as the other quarterbacks having to learn a slightly new system under a new coaching staff.

Austin Kendall has sat behind two Heisman winning quarterbacks at Oklahoma and was tutored by one of the best offensive minds in the game, Lincoln Riley. He has all the tools needed to not only win the job but to potentially be one of the better quarterbacks in the league. He is a passer first but is certainly capable of using his legs if needed.

Trey Lowe is the long shot in the group due to his youth, but he has a bright future and can maybe even push Neal Brown into creating a package or two for him as a redshirt freshman.

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