The West Virginia Mountaineers quarterback competition has one player pulling away from the rest of his competitors. This weekend, West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen told reporters that Skyler Howard is the team’s “clear-cut” No. 1.
Howard leads the competition which also includes redshirt freshman William Crest, true freshman David Sills and another true freshman, Chris Chugunov.
According to Holgorsen, Skyler Howard is blowing away his competitors.
“(It’s) not even close,” Holgorsen said. “He’s a different kid. He’s operating well. I sure hope I am not jinxing him right now. He is operating very well and looks great. His teammates believe in him. The coaches believe in him. He is doing well.
“All the other young kids are young kids. They are freshmen and keep getting better. How good they get, I don’t know. We are going to keep repping the heck out of them and watch them and see how they progress.”
Howard finished last season with eight touchdowns and no interceptions, after starting the final two games of the season for an injured Clint Trickett.
Now, he will have the opportunity to take his game to the next level.
While Dana Holgorsen stopped short of officially naming Skyler Howard the starting quarterback, all of the writing is on the wall.
“Skyler is the guy,” Holgorsen said. “He’s stepped up. His fundamentals are good. He’s accurate and he’s throwing the deep ball well. His communication is really good. His understanding of the offense continues to improve.
“He’s making plays and people believe in him. That’s what you look for in a quarterback.”
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