Doege practices; no starter named for NIU game

October 19, 2017 GMT

Injured quarterback Jarret Doege threw in Tuesday morning’s practice, but the true freshman still has not officially or unofficially been inserted into Bowling Green’s lineup for Saturday.

“He threw today. Looked better,” Falcons coach Mike Jinks said. “But still not where he needs to be. Right now, James Morgan gives us the best chance to win the football game.”

No decision has been set in stone. Jinks said his feeling could change by the end of the week depending on Doege’s progress.

“Right now we’re leaning toward Morgan and (Grant) Loy and getting those two guys ready,” Jinks said.

Doege has missed the last two games after being injured in the first quarter against Akron in Week 5. Tuesday was the first time that Doege had thrown in practice since the back injury.

Morgan has struggled this season. The redshirt sophomore earned the starting job out of camp but was benched in the fourth quarter of Week 3 at Northwestern and gave way to Doege the following week at Middle Tennessee State.

Morgan is 89-for-200 for 1,189 yards, eight touchdowns and five interceptions -- two of them pick-6s. His completion percentage (44.5) is the lowest among qualifiers in the Mid-American Conference by a margin. Kent State’s George Bollas (51.4 percent) has the next lowest completion percentage.

Morgan particularly struggled with the deep pass -- failing to connect on any vertical passing routes -- in last week’s loss to Ohio. But Doege isn’t ready to jump in just yet. Tuesday was the first time he’d attempted a pass of more than 30 yards in practice.

Before the injury, Doege was 40-for-63 (63.5 percent) passing for 387 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

“Our completion percentage needs to be better on some of those vertical pass attempts, but right now you’ve got to be able to get it there,” Jinks said. “Until (Doege) can regain that strength and things of that nature, Morgan gives us the best chance to win.”