When it was announced that the Syracuse Orange would be playing the West Virginia Mountaineers in the Camping World Bowl, people got excited. It was ranked as one of the most exciting games of the bowl season, and there was going to be an abundance of offense in this old rivalry.
A lot has changed since then. NFL prospect and WVU quarterback Will Grier will sit out the game. The same goes for top offensive lineman Yodny Cajuste. West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen has had to adapt, and one such way will be playing two quarterbacks.
Holgorsen also said QBs Jack Allison and Trey Lowe will both play in the bowl against Syracuse. Said new redshirt rule has been a big help for WVU. pic.twitter.com/Wz8k9uWLIK— Tom Bragg (@TomBraggSports) December 19, 2018
We knew about Jack Allison; the QB got time in West Virginia’s bowl game last year after transferring from Miami and appeared in four games this season, throwing the ball 10 times for 75 yards, one touchdown and one pick.
Trey Lowe is less known, however. Lowe is a dual-threat, three-star recruit from the Mountaineers’ 2018 class. He had a solid group of offers (Illinois, UNC, Memphis), but didn’t see the field this year. That said, he impressed in preseason camp and competed with Allison for the backup job all season. A bowl game seems like the perfect time to see just how close the two are.
Can we make any sweeping conclusions? Not really, but Dino seemed to have an idea that this was on the table. At this point, we can only wait and see if more news about the gameplan leaks before kickoff in Orlando. Syracuse is obviously the more motivated of the two teams, but who knows how that will play out on the field against a talented but in flux WVU squad.