It’s Quarterback and Running Back Week here at the Musket. Yesterday, we detailed the state of the quarterbacks for the 2017 season. Today, we are going to ask: “Who is the best quarterback to play for the West Virginia Mountaineers?” The Mountaineers have some terrific quarterbacks to choose from, including a National Football Hall of Fame player. Here are the candidates, let us know who you choose in the poll at the bottom.
Harris is the Mountaineer who first created “The Play”. Known for his prowess both running the ball and passing, Major weaved his way through, around and over Penn State defenders as he helped to dismantle Joe Paterno and the Nittany Lions.
Harris led WVU to its first ever undefeated regular season in 1988, when he finished third in the Heisman voting. Harris helped lead the Mountaineers to a National Championship game against Notre Dame in 1988. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2009. Harris was drafted in the 12th round of the 1990 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders.
When Marc Bulger graduated in 1999, he owned every major passing record: passing yards (career, season, game) and passing touchdowns (career, season and game). In 1998, Marc led the Big East in passing, finishing with 3,607 yards and 31 touchdowns. Despite the advancements in college offenses and the widespread use of the uptempo, spread offense, Bulger is still 2nd or 3rd in most passing categories at WVU.
Bulger would go on to have a very successful NFL career. He was drafted by Jim Haslett and the New Orleans Saints in the 6th round of the 2000 NFL draft. He was waived by the Saints then the Atlanta Falcons before sticking with the St. Louis Rams. Bulger finished his NFL career with over 22,000 passing yards and 122 touchdowns.
When people talk about “right place, right time” they could easily be talking about Pat White. White took over for an injured Adam Bednarik and turned Rich Rodriguez’s spread offense into a game changer. White was able to execute the zone-read to perfection and helped lead West Virginia to three straight 10+ win seasons. Not known for his passing acumen, White finished his career second in WVU history with over 6,000 passing yards and second in touchdowns.
White also accumulated over 4,000 rushing yards and 47 rushing touchdowns. He became the first quarterback to start and win 4 bowl games. He was named MVP of three consecutive bowls: 2006 Gator, 2007 Fiesta, 2008 Car Care. He graduated as the career leader in rushing yards for a quarterback, which was broken by Michigan quarterback/running back Denard Robinson in 2013.
Geno Smith is the current record holder at West Virginia of every passing category. Geno finished with over 11,000 passing yards and 98 touchdowns. As a sophomore, Geno played under Bill Stewart’s ball-control offense. After new head coach Dana Holgorsen installed the Air Raid, Geno threw for over 4,000 yards as a junior and senior.
Geno would break Tom Brady’s Orange Bowl record 396 passing yards by throwing for 401 yards in a 70-33 rout of Clemson. Geno then led the Mountaineers as they switched conferences to the Big 12. In his first Big 12 game against Baylor, Smith threw for 8 touchdowns and 656 yards.
Who is the best quarterback in WVU history?
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