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WVU HC Neal Brown Calls QB Garrett Greene ‘Game-Time Decision’ for Saturday



WVU Football Garrett Greene, CJ Donaldson and Cortez Braham

Fans and media are drawing their own conclusions, but WVU head coach Neal Brown isn’t ready to announce his starting quarterback for Saturday just yet.

When asked if he now knew enough to say whether or not Garrett Greene would be good to go against Texas Tech during his weekly radio show on Thursday night, Brown was still not ready to offer a definitive answer. He said Greene had practiced “a little bit” both Wednesday and Thursday and has been rehabbing, but it will be a “game-time decision” if he can play.

This comes a few days after Brown classified Greene’s status “too early to say” on Monday. At that time, Greene was not even 48 hours removed from leaving the Pitt win with an injury and then walking around with a boot on his leg after the game. But even now almost a week later, Brown is not ready to reveal anything more on this status of his quarterback.

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It’s unclear if this is because Brown wants to make sure Texas Tech has to prepare for both Greene and Nicco Marchiol, who came in early in the Backyard Brawl and did enough to lead the Mountaineers to victory, or due to honestly needing as much time as possible for Greene health wise.

One thing that’s for certain is Brown will not throw Greene out there unless he can do what he does best. Both Brown and offensive coordinator Chad Scott said they don’t think Greene should play if he’s limited and can’t use his athleticism to make plays.

If it is Marchiol on Saturday, West Virginia will have to win with a game manager at quarterback. Marchiol mentioned postgame last Saturday night that he believes his best attribute at this point in his young career is being able to make good decisions and captain the offense.

WVU Football HC Neal Brown and QB Nicco Marchiol

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Brown admitted that he reduced the playbook to only 25% of what is normally is once he realized Greene was not going to return in the Brawl.

No matter who is out there, the Mountaineers will be looking to enact some revenge and beat the Red Raiders for the first time under Brown. WVU and Texas Tech are set to kickoff from Milan Puskar Stadium at 3:30 pm ET.

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