The Times West Virginian

Bob Herzel

September 29, 2009

Brown expected to start against Colorado

MORGANTOWN — While the news on defensive tackle Scooter Berry isn’t very encouraging about his chances to play for West Virginia this Thursday night in a nationally televised game against Colorado, the Buffaloes learned that their worst fears have been realized and they will have to face quarterback Jarrett Brown.

Injured late in the fourth quarter of a 41-30 loss to Auburn after having been harassed into throwing four interceptions and losing a fumble on a sack, Brown was pronounced fit Monday by Coach Bill Stewart, who also said that he expected senior middle linebacker Reed Williams to answer the bell.

“Jarrett threw lasers yesterday. He’s fine,” Stewart said.

Brown had gone out with an injury to his left (non-throwing) shoulder against Auburn and sat out the final few minutes as freshman Geno Smith got his feet wet.

Colorado controlled Patrick White last year in pulling off a 17-14 overtime upset in Boulder, but they know that facing Brown is a totally different challenge.

“If you ask him, he’ll probably say he doesn’t want to be Pat White,” Colorado linebacker Marcus Burton said this week. “He’s a whole different animal. White was athletic and they had a whole lot of plays designed for him to run. It’s no different now, but Brown is definitely a passer. This guy can use his arm or his feet. He’s a football savvy guy when you watch his film.”

Brown has used his size and strength — he is 6-4 and 221 — to escape what has been a lot of breakdowns by his offensive line, often throwing on the run. But his exceptional arm strength has allowed him to make good plays out of bad.

“Every scout that comes through here goes ‘Wow!’” Stewart said. “He’s becoming a polished passer right now. It’s all coming together.”

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