The West Virginia Mountaineers were uncharacteristically poor on offense last year, particularly when it was contrasted with high-flying offenses of the Big 12. West Virginia football ended up missing Geno Smith more than they could have imagined, as leading passer and returning starter in 2014, Clint Trickett, completed only 52.8 percent of his passes for 1,605 yards, seven touchdowns and seven interceptions.
But this season, the Mountaineers look like they have all the pieces in place to field an improved passing attack. Or, they will, if Trickett develops into a solid quarterback. If not, the job could fall to freshman William Crest.
If Trickett doesn’t take a big leap forward in 2014, it could clear the way for Crest to step into the starting job. There are other competitors, but the path to the field is hardly insurmountable.
Crest is a pro-style quarterback from Maryland who earned a four-star rating from 247 Sports. Despite the pro-style label though, Crest is a gifted athlete who could also help the Mountaineers on the ground from time-to-time. Ultimately though, Crest’s greatest asset is his arm, and he could provide the Mountaineers with the long-distance passing they lacked last year. The ability to create big plays could ultimately be the factor that puts Crest ahead of the rest of the competition.
Crest picked the Mountaineers over the Virginia Tech Hokies, the Maryland Terrapins and the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, among others. He also drew significant interest from the Ohio State Buckeyes and the South Carolina Gamecocks.
Dan Kelley covers Big 12 football for Rant Sports.com. You can follow him on Twitter @DKelley_CFB.