MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — On his weekly radio show, WVU coach Neal Brown confirmed what many suspected — Jarret Doege will be the Mountaineers’ starting quarterback Sept. 12 against Eastern Kentucky at Milan Puskar Stadium.
Doege, a redshirt-junior, impressed in limited action in 2019. While still keeping his redshirt by appearing in four games, Doege threw for 818 yards, seven touchdowns and three interceptions, while also helping WVU earn two road wins at Kansas State and TCU.
Doege transferred from Bowling Green after starting for the Falcons in 2017 and 2018. He was granted immediately eligibility by the NCAA during fall camp last season.
“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. We went three weeks into camp, had two true scrimmages and one kind of partial scrimmage, and after that Jarret Doege will be our starter heading into the Eastern Kentucky game,” Brown said. “He won the job.”
The other quarterback Brown was referring to is Austin Kendall, who Doege replaced in the ninth game of the season against Texas Tech. Kendall, who was a grad transfer from Oklahoma, will be a senior after throwing for 1,989 yards, 12 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 2019.
“Austin Kendall is much improved and this was a true battle right down to the last scrimmage,” Brown said.
Brown has also raved about true freshman Garrett Greene and his potential, but it was Doege’s job to lose this camp.