West Virginia Mountaineers: Is It Time To Replace Jarrett Brown at QB?

C. J. KrasykCorrespondent INovember 11, 2009

AUBURN, AL - SEPTEMBER 19:  Quarterback Jarrett Brown #16 of the West Virginia Mountaineers against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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The time comes in almost every football season when questions arise about players and who should and who should not sit.

Right now for West Virginia is one of those times.

Should freshman Geno Smith start in place of fifth-year senior Jarrett Brown?

I know that some people are going to be saying "Are you serious? WVU is 7-2 overall and 3-1 in conference play with a chance to still win the Big East."

Yes, this is a serious question I am proposing.

I understand that Brown waited his turn behind Pat White. He was rewarded this year by starting every game thus far. However there are some things that are starting to concern me about him.

First off, he will not take the ball on the option read. He is force feeding Noel Devine the ball on this play. Not one time in the South Florida game did Brown keep it and force either Jason Pierre-Paul or George Selvie to play honest. They crashed on every single play because they know as well as every other defensive end in the Big East that Brown is not going to keep the ball and run.

Second, his completion percentage over the last three games is 57.2 percent compared to 68.6 percent. And had it not been for the 56.3 percentage against Auburn it would have been higher. I purposely left the Marshall game out of the equation due to the fact that he got hurt on the first series.

Making this decision will not be easy and could leave the coach staff scratching its head. He has thrown eight interceptions on the season. Yes, four came in the game against Auburn, but he has thrown a pick in each of his last three games. The one against South Florida was a red zone INT and cost the Mountaineers at least three points. Same can be said for the pick in the Louisville game.

Geno Smith played almost the entire game against Marshall and looked really good. The touchdown to Alric Arnett was a thing of beauty. Also he will take the read and make the defensive play honest. He is a perfect dual threat QB.

It is time for Jarrett Brown to be told thank you for your time and for sticking around but it's Geno's turn.