MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Quarterback Jarret Doege was named the Big 12’s newcomer of the week after leading West Virginia to a win in his first career start as a Mountaineer.
Doege completed 20 of 30 passes for 234 yards and three touchdowns in West Virginia’s 24-20 upset over No. 24 Kansas State. All three touchdowns came on third downs against the Big 12’s top third-down defense.
“Jarret handled himself well. He didn’t do anything that got us beat,” WVU coach Neal Brown said on Monday’s Big 12 coaches teleconference. “That sounds kind of underwhelming, I know. But he got rid of the ball under pressure when we needed to.He was able to extend some plays with his feet. There’s a lot of things he can do better. But he handled himself really well for his first start here.”
Doege transferred to West Virginia from Bowling Green over the summer. He started most of his two seasons there before the entire coaching staff, including his brother Seth, was fired at the end of last year. Jarret stuck around for spring football with the Falcons’ new coaching staff before deciding to change course. He chose WVU because Brown was Seth’s offensive coordinator at Texas Tech.
Brown held Doege out until the final four games of this season in order to give the quarterback two full years of remaining eligibility. After the game, Doege said he’s been on board with that plan from the start, noting he needed to get faster and stronger than he was in the Mid-American Conference.
“I’ve been getting in the weight room and Coach Mike [Joseph] has been changing my body to become a better quarterback,” Doege said. “At Bowling Green, they didn’t have the cafe with the nutrition they can give us here. Nutrition-wise you can really change change your body to get bigger, faster and stronger.”
Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy noticed an improved West Virginia offense when watching film of Saturday’s game in preparation for this week’s visit to Morgantown.
“It looks like they’ve found a quarterback they might settle in with,” Gundy said. “He took care of the football. Manhattan is not an easy place to play on the road… That’s a good win for them, or anybody. It’s tough to go in there, especially the way Kansas State was playing the last month or so.”
Mountaineers have been named the league’s newcomer of the week three times this season. Redshirt freshman wide receiver Sam James won the award following the North Carolina State and Texas Tech games.