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Who Will be in WVU’s Quarterback Room in 2020?

Cody Nespor

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With backup quarterback Trey Lowe III entering his name into the transfer portal Thursday evening, West Virginia’s quarterback room will have one less familiar face in it when Spring practices being.

If nothing else changes, the Mountaineers will carry five quarterbacks into the 2020 season, three returners and two newcomers. Three of them will have collegiate starting experience.

Jarret Doege – Redshirt-junior

Doege redshirted with WVU last season, but still saw action in four games, starting three. Doege replaced starter Austin Kendall in the second half of the loss to Texas Tech and started the final three games of the season.

In three and a half games of playing time, Doege completed 79-120 (65.8%) passes for 818 yards, seven touchdowns and three interceptions. The team won two of the three games Doege started.

Doege transferred to WVU last offseason after two years at Bowling Green State University. In two seasons, Doege played 19 games for the Falcons, passing for 4,041 yards, 46 touchdowns and 18 interceptions.

Austin Kendall – Redshirt-senior

Kendall won WVU’s starting job to start the season and started nine games for the Mountaineers. After a 3-1 start to the season, the team lost all five of Kendall’s next starts.

In nine games Kendall threw for 1,989 yards with a 61.5 completion percentage, 12 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Before WVU Kendall spent three years at Oklahoma, redshirting in one of them. As a Sooner Kendall threw for 265 yards and three touchdowns.

Trent Jackson – Redshirt-sophomore

In two seasons, Jackson has never seen the field for the Mountaineers. He redshirted in 2018 and sat behind Kendall, Doege, Jack Allison and Lowe in 2019. He passed for 2,174 yards as a senior at Kent Island High School.

Matt Cavallaro – Sophomore

Cavallaro comes to West Virginia as a junior college walk-on, playing at Lackawanna College in 2019. As the starting quarterback, Cavallaro led the Falcons to a 10-1 record and an appearance in the NJCAA Football Championship.

Cavallaro threw for 1,754 yards with a 73.1 completion percentage and 23 touchdowns to only six interceptions.

Garrett Greene – Freshman

Greene figures to be the only high school signee in the Mountaineers’ quarterback room this season. Greene was one of the first 2020 recruits to commit in this class, choosing WVU on March 7, 2019.

Greene was rated as a three-star dual-threat quarterback. He had over 2,900 passing yards and 2,500 rushing yards in his high school career, also scoring 56 touchdowns. As a senior at Chiles High School, Greene passed for 1,155 yards and seven touchdowns and ran for 930 yards and 15 more touchdowns.

All five quarterbacks figure to see time in WVU’s annual Gold-Blue game on April 18.

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Cody is currently a second-year graduate student at West Virginia University studying journalism. His graduate research focuses on the effects newspaper closures have on local communities. He graduated from Slippery Rock University in 2018 with a degree in digital media production. He was born and raised in Mercer, Pennsylvania.

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