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WVU’s Garrett Greene Regarded as One of Most Dynamic Athletic QBs

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WVU Football quarterback Garrett Greene scrambles against UNC in the Duke's Mayo Bowl at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. on Dec. 27, 2023. (Mitchell Northam / WV Sports Now)

The closer WVU gets to kicking off the 2024 season, the more national recognition Garrett Greene receives. And this latest praise labels Greene one of the most dynamic athletes at quarterbacks in the country.

Bard Crawford of 247 Sports actually believes there are only two athletic quarterbacks deserving of being ranked higher than Greene. Crawford placed Greene in the No. 3 spot behind only Liberty’s Kaidon Salter and Alabama’s Jalen Milroe.

Here’s what Crawford had to say about West Virginia’s dual-threat leader:

“The advanced analytics suggest Garrett Greene is college football’s most underrated returning quarterback in 2024 after he exploded onto the scene for the Mountaineers last season. He led the FBS ranks in big-time throws (10.2%) last fall per PFF and is rarely sacked when pressured given his mobility. It’s a dangerous comp, sure, but Greene is the closet quarterback we’ve seen to Johnny Manziel in the Power conference ranks in several years. He is lethal on the move and can move the chains with his feet or finding guys at the second level when the secondary begins to close in.”

These comments from a national analyst come after PFF ranked Greene as their highest graded quarterback in the entire Big 12.

In addition to Crawford and PFF, a familiar national analyst also fully believes in Greene. Eric Froton of NBC Sports raved about Greene to WV Sports Now’s Mike Asti at the NFL Combine.

“What’s stands out to me about Garrett is his true dual-threat skill set. Many athletic signal callers tend to rely on their legs when they need to make a play. Greene can fire a crisp 12-yard out on the field-side to Kole Taylor on 3rd and 10, or he can call a RPO and rip the defense for an explosive play on the ground,” Froton explained.

NBC Sports Analyst Explains Love of WVU QB Garrett Greene

But after emerging as a star in 2023, the WVU coaches know Greene will need to be even better in 2024 for the Mountaineers to achieve their goals.

WVU quarterbacks coach Tyler Allen is far from ready to crown Greene, responding to what PFF has been saying about him after a spring practice in March.

“He’s been getting a lot of PFF hype and a lot talk on Twitter, but he has a lot he needs to work on,” said Allen about the hype surrounding Greene throughout the offseason.

Greene threw for 2,406 yards, posted a 16/4 touchdown to interception ratio as a passer, ran for an extra 772 yards and accounted for a total of 29 touchdowns despite missing some time with an injury. Most of the hype stems from a more experienced Greene building on a strong first full season as a starter and having a more seasoned group of receivers at his disposal.

Where do you stand on the Garrett Greene debate? WV Sports Now’s Mike Asti detailed both sides of the argument in the piece below.

Is Garrett Greene Being Overlooked Nationally or Are WVU Fans Missing His Flaws?

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