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WVU HC Neal Brown on Starting QB: ‘There’s Not Been a Final Decision’

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — As the Backyard Brawl returns in just 10 days, WVU head coach Neal Brown is not just ready yet to publicly announce the starting quarterback for the game.

“We feel really good about our present and future. We’re not to that point [to name a starter]. I’ll announce the starter before the [Pitt] game,” Brown said. “There’s not been a final decision.”

Brown said later on during his press conference that they have a pretty good idea but will know for sure later in the week. The four-year WVU head coach said all of the quarterbacks are looking good and progressing the way the staff wants them to. Here’s what Brown said about each quarterback:

Daniels: “Is experienced. Timing is improving.”

Greene: “Has matured and gotten faster.”

Marchiol: “Like his progression.”

Crowder: “Has been steady. Throws catchable balls.”

This is just the waiting game for the Mountaineer staff to announce Georgia transfer JT Daniels as the starter for the Pitt game. Daniels was brought in during the spring to give the quarterback room some more experience. Garrett Greene, Nicco Marchiol and Will Crowder combined have zero starts at the college level. Greene received split playing time in the Oklahoma game last season where the mobile athlete had a good performance during Saturday night primetime. Brown has been giving the four quarterbacks equal reps during practice.

But it makes sense for Brown and the staff to keep quiet and wait to announce the starter. Pitt’s staff has not announced their starter yet either.

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Ethan Bock is pursuing his bachelor’s degree in journalism at WVU. Ethan has covered WVU men’s basketball, football and recruiting for the past two years. He is from Cincinnati, Ohio.

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