Jarret Doege Named WVU’s Week 1 Starting Quarterback
West Virginia head coach Neal Brown has finally announced that Jarret Doege will be WVU’s starting quarterback to start the season.
“We went three weeks into camp, had two true scrimmages and one kind of partial scrimmage, and after that Jarett Doege will be our starter heading into the Eastern Kentucky game,” Brown said in a release Thursday. “He won the job.”
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Doege, a redshirt junior, beat out redshirt senior quarterback Austin Kendall for the starting job after a lengthy battle.
“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.”
Doege transferred to WVU from Bowling Green State University prior to the start of last season. The NCAA granted him a transfer waiver, making him immediately eligible to play, but he was not completely healthy at the start of the season and it was decided he would redshirt.
Under the NCAA’s redshirt rules, Doege saw time in the final four games of the season, starting three. In those games he threw for 818 yards and seven touchdowns to just three interceptions. He also led the Mountaineers to road victories against Kansas State and TCU.
Doege spent two seasons playing for the Falcons, starting 19 games. He completed 62.7% of his passes for 4,041 yards, 39 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in those starts. As the full-time starter in 2018, Doege had 2,660 yards, 27 touchdowns and 12 picks.
Kendall started WVU’s first nine games of 2019. He threw for 1,989 yards and 12 touchdowns against 10 interceptions.
WVU will open the season against Eastern Kentucky at home next Saturday. Kick off is set for noon and the game will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1.