MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — No one is coming out and saying it outright, but the subtext was strong in comments from West Virginia coach Neal Brown and some Mountaineers players indicating a possibility that redshirt freshman quarterback Trey Lowe will get the start at Oklahoma on Saturday.
Starter Austin Kendall is still considered questionable, and Brown said the junior won’t start unless he is “100 percent” by Saturday. Kendall injured a muscle in his chest when he was hit on a blitz against Iowa State, missing the majority of the game.
Jack Allison played the rest of the way against the Cyclones, but Brown didn’t fully commit to him as the starter against the Sooners.
“We felt Jack gave us the best chance a week ago,” Brown said. “We have a plan with the quarterback position if Austin can’t go. It’s not something I want to sit up here and talk about. If Austin can’t go, we’ll go through with that plan. Trey is getting better. But we thought Jack gave us the best opportunity on Saturday.”
Receiver Sam James noted that it was difficult to get timing down last week when Allison took over for Kendall in the middle of the game.
“Not getting repetition with Jack all week, it was weird,” James said. “Our timing was a little off.”
James says this week will be better because there will be a full week to work out the kinks with the starting quarterback — whomever it may be.
“Whoever is starting, it will be a lot better than the showing in last week’s game,” James said.
He also said the receivers have a responsibility to step up for this week’s unnamed starter.
“Whoever the starting quarterback is, he hasn’t had a lot of game time,” James said. “He’s going to be a little shaken going in, he’s not going to be very confident. We have to make sure he’s confident with his passes and all that.”
When talking about the importance of communication in a venue as loud as Oklahoma’s Memorial Stadium, senior left tackle Colton McKivitz mentioned working with Allison and Lowe’s cadences.
“I’ve talked to Jack and Trey Lowe. We don’t know who it’s going to be yet,” McKivitz said. “We’re just making sure their cadences are kind of similar and what we’re going to be getting out of them. We’re communicating with them on calls and relaying it and making sure they’re loud enough, because it is going to be a loud environment. We’re making sure they know they’ll need to overcommunicate along with the offensive line.”