WVU defensive lineman posts message about transfer out of the program

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247Sports 12 October, 2021 - 07:16pm

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Defensive lineman Darel Middleton left West Virginia almost as quickly as he came to the program. The former Tennessee Volunteer announced in late July that he would be transferring to WVU, arrived a couple of weeks later, and Head Coach Neal Brown said during today's press conference that Middleton was no longer part of the picture.

"..... I entered the transfer portal due to lack of maturity, accountability and uncertainty," Middleton said. "When I transferred to West Virginia, I thought it was the best move. I thought it was the best opportunity in the small window of time I have [sic] to land a position and be on the field by fall. Things have been great here at West Virginia, but due to unforeseen circumstances, they couldn't find a permanent role for me. I am disappointed, but have the utmost respect for the people at West Virginia. I WANT TO THANK Coach Neal and his staff for giving me the opportunity. I want to thank Coach Mike Joseph because you made me realize who I really am and my end goal is better than what I've been doing. You are an amazing man in general and the best strength coach I've been involved with. I ALSO WANT TO THANK the academic staff, the fans, the community for welcoming me with open arms. Lastly, thank you to my brothers for welcoming me with open arms as well......"

Middleton goes on to explain that he will begin the process of finding a new college immediately, leaving he program and focusing on his physical and mental health, as well as making sure that he graduates from WVU. He has one year of eligibility remaining.

Through six weeks, he had appeared in just three games for a total of nineteen snaps.

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WVU defensive lineman posts message about transfer out of the program

WVSportsNow 12 October, 2021 - 02:16pm

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Defensive lineman Darel Middleton left West Virginia almost as quickly as he came to the program. The former Tennessee Volunteer announced in late July that he would be transferring to WVU, arrived a couple of weeks later, and Head Coach Neal Brown said during today's press conference that Middleton was no longer part of the picture.

"..... I entered the transfer portal due to lack of maturity, accountability and uncertainty," Middleton said. "When I transferred to West Virginia, I thought it was the best move. I thought it was the best opportunity in the small window of time I have [sic] to land a position and be on the field by fall. Things have been great here at West Virginia, but due to unforeseen circumstances, they couldn't find a permanent role for me. I am disappointed, but have the utmost respect for the people at West Virginia. I WANT TO THANK Coach Neal and his staff for giving me the opportunity. I want to thank Coach Mike Joseph because you made me realize who I really am and my end goal is better than what I've been doing. You are an amazing man in general and the best strength coach I've been involved with. I ALSO WANT TO THANK the academic staff, the fans, the community for welcoming me with open arms. Lastly, thank you to my brothers for welcoming me with open arms as well......"

Middleton goes on to explain that he will begin the process of finding a new college immediately, leaving he program and focusing on his physical and mental health, as well as making sure that he graduates from WVU. He has one year of eligibility remaining.

Through six weeks, he had appeared in just three games for a total of nineteen snaps.

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WVU Defensive Lineman Leaves the Program

CalBearsMaven 12 October, 2021 - 11:50am

Middleton transferred to WVU as a grad transfer over the summer from Tennessee. He appeared in three games this season for the Mountaineers. His two tackles, on the year, including a sack, came versus Long Island University. 

The Mountaineers are on a bye week before traveling to Ft. Worth, TX, to take on the TCU Horned Frogs. Kickoff has been placed in a six-day window.

Brown: Greene 'has got to do what he's coached to do' as a passer

247Sports 12 October, 2021 - 08:45am

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If you're invested in the fate of the quarterback position, this is a very curious time for what happens next for West Virginia. The one and only open of the week of the season is here, the Mountaineers have lost three straight games and head coach Neal Brown said "everything" is open to scrutiny and subject to change. That, of course, would include the identity of the starting quarterback and the status of the platoon moving forward.

The hourglass was seemingly tuned upside down on starter Jarret Doege when Garrett Greene was blended in to create a rotation against Long Island. When Greene sparked the offense but WVU couldn't beat Oklahoma, a theoretical two-game season started where both quarterbacks could make their case in games against Texas Tech and Baylor before an off week. The off week is here, and it's hard to imagine Brown hasn't had ample time to make assessments.

"That's one of the things we're really looking at this week," Brown said Tuesday at his weekly news conference.

After starting 17 times in two seasons at Bowling Green, Doege has now started 19 games with the Mountaineers. The situation was different in the Mid-American Conference, but Doege was just 4-13 with the Falcons and is 10-9 with WVU. Doege completed 362 of 577 passes (62.7 percent) for 4,041 yards, 39 touchdowns and 15 interceptions at Bowling Green. He's 436-for-675 (64.6 percent) for 4,849 yards, 29 touchdowns and 12 interceptions at WVU.

"He's got to do what he's coached to do in the pass game," Brown said. "I'm all for the freelance, but he needs to go from 1 to 2 before he takes off and runs, and on Saturday, he just took a drop and then ran. The struggle with him is the receiver group is by far and away the most productive group on offense right now. He's got to be able to utilize them. There are some things we can do with him in the run game, but they're open when he's playing, and he's got to be able to find them and give them the ball, because it's like I said: That's the most productive position group right now."

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Neal Brown takes a stand on WVU's o-line issues

247Sports 12 October, 2021 - 07:44am

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West Virginia Head Coach Neal Brown met with the media on Tuesday afternoon, addressing his team's situation and what's to come head on. He dealt with some tough questions about the quarterback situation, changes he could make to the lineup, and the general feeling around the team - which he admits includes a "frustrated group" of players.... and fans.

"I know our fans are frustrated," said Brown. "For better or worse, we're in the entertainment business and when the product is not good, the people have an opportunity to complain."

After the game, Brown stated that "everything is on the table" in order to fix the product that the Mountaineers were putting on the field. On Tuesday, he seemed to step that back a bit, noting that he "can't be reactionary." One spot where many fans were calling for massive changes was on the offensive line, something that Brown went into a little more detail about on Tuesday.

"That's the hardest position to get right," said Brown. "It takes time. You don't want to hear that. Nobody wants to hear that. But the truth is it takes time. We have not performed well enough on the right side."

On the right side, typically, is right guard Doug Nester and right tackle Parker Moorer. Over the last couple of games, WVU has rotated in Jordan White at right guard, while Wyatt Milum has rotated in at right tackle. Milum was not available to play on Saturday due to an injury that kept him around 75-80%, per Brown.

"[Center] Zach Frazier is playing winning football, maybe at an All-Conference level," said Brown. "[Left guard] James Gmiter is playing really good football. He had one poor protection against Texas Tech but, other than that, playing at a high level. Other than that, everybody else, we got to play better."

Of the five positions on the o-line, two the staff are happy with, and two are already rotating. At left tackle, Brown says that UVA transfer Ja'Quay Hubbard - who was sidelined with a shoulder injury last year - could see some time moving forward. Other than that.... there's nowhere else to turn right now.

"What we're playing is what we got," said Brown. "Those are the people that are ready...... the guys that are out there are the best we got, and we got to get them better."

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