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Former WVU QB Jarret Doege Makes Maxwell Award Watch List

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Former West Virginia quarterback Jarret Doege was named alongside current quarterback JT Daniels to the Maxwell Award watch list. Doege transferred to Western Kentucky this past offseason after three years at West Virginia.

Around 90 players are included on the watch list with many of them being quarterbacks. The award is given to who the Maxwell Athletic Club deems as college football’s best overall athlete. Last year, Alabama quarterback Bryce Young won the award over running back Kenneth Walker III from Michigan State and quarterback Kenny Pickett from Pittsburgh.

Doege is an interesting inclusion mainly because many West Virginia fans have taken to blaming him for the pitfalls of last year’s 6-7 (4-5 Big 12) team. Some of his statistics last season were pretty solid, mainly his 65% completion percentage and career-high 3,048 passing yards, but his 19-12 touchdown-interception ratio was far from Maxwell Award consideration.

Last year, West Virginia’s offense as a whole was ranked No. 87 in the country in total offense with a 371.3 yards per game average and No. 88 in scoring offense with an average of 25.2 points per game.

Doege leaves West Virginia for Western Kentucky, who had the No. 2 total (535.3 yards per game) and scoring offense (44.2 points per game) in the country last season behind NFL draft pick Bailey Zappe, another transfer that the school brought in.

Zappe last season set several records for Western Kentucky including most passing yards in a single season (5,967) and touchdowns (62) while throwing just 11 interceptions.

He played as a graduate transfer for Western Kentucky last year after spending the rest of his career at FCS program Houston Baptist. He was drafted by the New England Patriots in the fourth round with the No. 137 overall pick this past draft.

Whether Doege can replicate that kind of success in Western Kentucky’s offense remains to be seen, but it certainly feels like it plays a factor into his inclusion on this list.

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