MORGANTOWN — For the second week in a row, the standing of West Virginia beginning quarterback Garrett Greene was unknown when head coach Neal Brown met with the media Monday morning.
Greene, who suffered an ankle harm two weeks in the past towards Pitt, dressed for Saturday’s recreation towards Texas Tech however didn’t play as redshirt freshman Nicco Marchiol obtained the beginning.
“Garrett was accessible on Saturday, however he didn’t heat up very effectively,” Brown stated. “He would have been prepared in an emergency, however we might’ve had to assist him out.”
Brown stated Greene was wholesome sufficient to play, however was removed from 100% on Saturday.
“Garrett would’ve been the backup on Saturday as a result of we thought he may shield himself in emergency obligation,” Brown stated. “I actually don’t wish to play him till he’s absolutely wholesome and he didn’t actually make an entire lot of progress from Wednesday to Saturday.”
Monday introduced extra uncertainty as Greene continues to heal. The Mountaineers journey to TCU this week (8 p.m./ESPN2) after which have their bye week, giving Greene an additional week to get better if wanted.
“He labored with our trainers (Monday), we’ll see what he has Tuesday and Wednesday,” Brown stated. “If he can follow full-go on Tuesday and Wednesday, then he’ll play. If he can’t then it’ll most likely be the identical.
Marchiol led WVU to a 20-13 win making his first profession begin in Greene’s place. The southpaw accomplished 12 of 21 passes for 78 yards with a landing and two interceptions. He additionally led the workforce with 72 dashing yards.
“I believed he made a substantial bounce from the primary recreation he performed towards Pitt,” Brown stated. “I feel he’s made regular enchancment and that’s to be anticipated. He threw some good balls. The primary choose was not an excellent choice, however I believed he threw the ball fairly effectively.”
Essentially the most disappointing side of the offense to Brown was the shortage of performs made round Marchiol. Tight finish Kole Taylor was the workforce’s main receiver with 39 yards and operating backs CJ Donaldson (15 carries, 48 yards) and Jaylen Anderson (eight and 18) had been held in verify.
“He simply didn’t get an entire lot of assist,” Brown stated. “Our offensive talent guys have gotten to assist him out, whether or not that’s making performs or making individuals miss, we’ve simply obtained to do a greater job round him.”
The efficiency was greater than sufficient for WVU’s coaches to be snug with Marchiol making future begins if Greene continues to overlook time.
“That is the primary time (Marchiol) had all the week to arrange for it. He knew he was going to start out, knew he was going to be the man. I believed he dealt with it very well,” stated offensive coordinator Chad Scott. “However then there have been instances within the recreation when guys didn’t make performs for him. He didn’t fret, he dealt with it very well and went on the market and made performs.”
Marchiol is now 25 of 44 on the season for 213 yards with a pair of touchdowns and interceptions.
“Can he play higher? Sure. Will he be higher? I consider so,” Brown stated, “However I wasn’t displeased with how he performed on Saturday. He gave us an opportunity.”
One other DB Down
WVU has misplaced one other defensive again for the season as Brown introduced that security Keyshawn Cobb might be having surgical procedure and can miss the rest of the season.
Cobb a senior switch from Buffalo, had performed in two video games this season. He’ll be capable to redshirt and retain eligibility for subsequent season.
Cornerback Montre Miller had season-ending surgical procedure final week.