The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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September 12, 2009

WVU QB getting in comfort zone early

MORGANTOWN — The quarterback meeting room at Milan Puskar Center more resembles a band of brothers rather than a drab, staid meeting room.

Led by Jarrett Brown and graduate assistant coach JuJuan Seider, the former Mountaineer, it’s a laugh a minute, a marathon of give and take.

“It makes it real comfortable for me,” Brown said of the set up.

Apparently.

Brown continued to ease concerns that all-legend Pat White couldn’t be replaced at quarterback with a 24-of-31 for 334 yards and four touchdown showing in a 35-20 win over East Carolina Saturday at Milan Puskar Center.

If nothing else, the game showed that offensive coordinator Jeff Mullen has complete trust in Brown to take the reins of the offense he wanted to run since being hired in the winter of 2008.

So this is what a Jeff Mullen offense looks like?

Consider Brown’s numbers through two weeks. 43-of-57 for 577 yards, four touchdowns and one interception.

But its more than numbers.

It the precision with which Brown works.

It’s understanding exactly what Mullen wants.

Coach Bill Stewart said the OC and QB have a “bond” that transcends the football field.

And it’s that bond, forged by time spent together off the field, that has melded into WVU’s 2-0 start.

“We knew he was a gifted kids from a talent standpoint,” Mullen said. “So what I wanted to do was tap into all his gifts. I wanted him to understand what type of offense we were, what we were trying to do. You have to spend some time with him and get to know him. And we did that last year, and we did that in the offseason.”

Last year Mullen was  handcuffed, if that is possible, because White was the quarterback. What White did better than anyone was run. If the wheel’s not broken, don’t fix it.

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