MORGANTOWN — Forget the H1N1 swine flu vaccine.
What we need is a vaccine to stem the epidemic that is striking down college quarterbacks across the nation.
It hit home on Saturday when West Virginia’s Jarrett Brown took a pair of rapid-fire helmet-to-helmet hits on the fourth play of the game against Marshall, leaving him with a mild concussion that threatens to keep him out of this week’s game.
While Stewart maintained Brown was still day-to-day, he did not sound optimistic about his chances to play this Saturday against a grieving Connecticut team that had a real tragedy to deal with when cornerback Jasper Howard died from a stab wound on Saturday night.
“I don’t know Jarrett won’t play,” Stewart said, “but I don’t know that he will. It’s more my opinion that he won’t than he will.”
If he doesn’t play, Geno Smith will get his first collegiate start, Coley White will be the backup and Stewart will have a package of plays for Bradley Starks, the emergency quarterback who starts at wide receiver.
To play, Brown has to practice and when the team went out in helmets and vests on Sunday, he couldn’t even dress up. Stewart said that Brown would have to practice by Wednesday to play this week.
Brown is only one of many top line quarterbacks to be felled by injury this season. On Saturday, Heisman winner Sam Bradford of Oklahoma reinjured his shoulder and may be out for the season. Earlier, the previous year’s Heisman winner Tim Tebow of No. 1 Florida suffered a concussion and had to miss a game.
The Big East has been hit hard by the quarterback injury epidemic.
South Florida, one of the favorites to win the Big East, had the conference’s all-time leader in total yardage, Matt Groethe taken down by knee injury.
Big East teams trying to keep QBs on the field
MORGANTOWN — Forget the H1N1 swine flu vaccine.
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HERTZEL COLUMN: Big 12 provides plenty of optimism
This past week the Big 12 held its annual media gathering in Dallas and served up a heaping portion of optimism for the 2014 season that is now upon us, West Virginia University opening its preseason practices on Thursday.
This is a time of year when no one has lost a game, not even Charlie Weis at Kansas, and it’s a time of year when opinions are more plentiful than tattoos in an NFL locker room.
HERTZEL COLUMN: WVU needs White to follow in former receivers’ footsteps
A year ago Clint Trickett took a lot of grief as the once potent West Virginia offense came unraveled, but there is more that than meets the eye.
The criticism was not unfounded, of course, although behind each incomplete pass there was the pain Trickett was suffering through to throw it, his rotator cuff in need of surgery.
HERTZEL COLUMN: O’Toole joins long list of eccentric WVU kickers, punters
The star of the Big 12’s annual football media day wasn’t a star at all.
He intrigued the media far more than Bob Stoops, the coach of preseason favorite Oklahoma, and more than Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty, the preseason player of the year.
WVU, N.C. State to meet in football
Following a trend of creating non-conference games against regional opponents, West Virginia University has reached agreement with North Carolina State to play a home-and-home football series in 2018 and 2019.
The Mountaineers are scheduled to play N.C. State in Raleigh on Sept. 15, 2018, and then play host to the Wolfpack on Sept. 14, 2019.
HERTZEL COLUMN: ‘Cheating pays’ remark should draw attention
When Bob Bowlsby, the outspoken commissioner of the Big 12, presented his opening-day picture of the future of college sports in Dallas for the annual media day gathering, his bleak comments were not unexpected.
Holgorsen’s program hits turning point
You can almost sense, as you watch West Virginia University football coach Dana Holgorsen sit before the gathered Big 12 media contingent answering questions in the Omni Hotel in Arlington, Texas, that he senses his program has reached a turning point.
Trickett’s play key factor for Mountaineers’ success
In the end, it comes down to the quarterback.
Always has with Dana Holgorsen, always will.
Quarterback is the offense with the West Virginia University coach. When he does well, the team wins – almost always.
When he does poorly, the team doesn’t stand much of a chance.
Saban, family happy at Alabama
Alabama football coach Nick Saban, whose team opens the season against West Virginia in Atlanta on Aug. 30, denied receiving or turning down this offseason an offer of $100 million to coach Texas, indicating he planned to finish his career as coach of the Crimson Tide.
HERTZEL COLUMN: ‘Quarterback child prodigy’ comes to WVU amidst very high expectations
Has West Virginia football coach Dana Holgorsen finally put the arrow he needs in his quiver with the commitment received Wednesday from high school quarterback David Sills, who is a rather extraordinary story and may also just be a rather extraordinary quarterback?
WVU kicker Molinari ‘All-American boy’
West Virginia kicker Mike Molinari may not be an All-American but he is an All-American boy.
He was honored for that on Wednesday when the Allstate Insurance Company and the American Football Coaches Association announced the West Virginia redshirt senior kicker/punter Michael Molinari is a nominee for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team.
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