When you look up the words character and loyalty in the dictionary, you should read the words, “See Jarrett Brown.”
Any college football fan worth his foam finger knows that Pat White was the most prolific running quarterback in college football history. You also know that White was the only starting quarterback to ever win four straight bowl games.
However, not everybody knows that waiting in the wings behind White was a young man who arguably could be the starting quarterback on most any of the programs in college football’s elite.
There are certainly not many young men in this country who would resist the urge to transfer, stay put and learn all they could, and patiently wait for their opportunity to start.
Jarrett Brown has certainly done his time and fully paid his dues.
And now that White has taken his talents to the Dolphins, Brown instantly became the big fish in Morgantown.
This past weekend against East Carolina, Brown completed 24-31 passes for 334-yards and four touchdowns. The senior quarterback also ran 10 times for 73 yards.
In was a Heisman-like performance by one of America’s formerly best-kept secrets!
Despite the fact that I still worship the water that Pat White walks on, I must say that the West Virginia offense is clearly much better now than it was a year ago.
But please don’t misunderstand me. At this point in the season a year ago, West Virginia was a team in transition. Offensive coordinator Jeff Mullen was still trying to fully implement a more balanced offense out of a largely, run-dominated scheme.
However, the game plan that Pat White employed to beat the Tar Heels in his final collegiate bowl game more closely resembled the offense run by West Virginia now, than did the one he ran at the beginning of his senior year.
It is an offense made for Jarrett Brown.
Although he is not as elusive as Pat, Brown is deceptively fast. He is faster than he appears and his long strides cover a lot of yards in a short time.
While using his speed to elude the rush, Brown is trying to buy time to pass the football. And in that way, you are instantly reminded of college football great, Major Harris.
Another similarity to Harris is Brown’s strength as a runner and the punishment he can inflict on anyone trying to tackle him. Brown possesses the size and strength that could turn White green with envy.
In two games this season, despite playing behind a relatively inexperienced offensive line, Brown has yet to be sacked. However, that is not because opposing players haven’t had their opportunities.
At 6’4” and 223-pounds, Brown is just so strong, that he throws them aside in much the same way that a dog shakes water from his coat.
Jarrett is not only buying time to throw; he is also buying time for his offensive line to mature and come together as a unit. Brown is also placing his weekly installments on a possible BCS berth.
In recent years, this West Virginia team has repeatedly lived or died on their ability to run the football. Now they can beat you with the pass. Moreover, with Brown under center and a great receiving corps at his disposal, opposing defensive backs must finally be able to cover the deep routes.
In order to thwart this latest version of the Mountaineers’ spread offense, the defense not only has to cover them from sideline-to-sideline; they must also cover West Virginia from goal line-to-goal line.
Brown, who patiently waited behind White, finally has earned a chance to show his true colors.
Next Saturday night, West Virginia takes on Auburn, in a nationally televised game on ESPN. It could prove to be a coming out party for Jarrett Brown.
It might also be the continuation of a colorful history for the Mountaineers.