West Virginia's Brown looks iffy for UConn game

October, 19, 2009
10/19/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett

Bill Stewart didn't come right out and say Jarrett Brown won't be his starting quarterback this week, but the West Virginia coach sounds like he thinks that will be the case.

"I don't know that Jarrett won't play, and I don't know that he will," Stewart said on Monday's Big East coaches teleconference. "In my opinion, it's more that he won't than he will."

Brown took a helmet-to-helmet hit early in the Mountaineers' 24-7 win over Marshall and sustained what school officials called a mild concussion. True freshman Geno Smith played the rest of the game.

Brown could not practice Sunday night when the team went in shells. Stewart said the senior would have to get in some work by Wednesday in order to play Saturday against Connecticut.

For now, Smith will take snaps as the starter, while freshman Coley White will get the backup reps. Stewart said he would also put together a plan for receiver Bradley Starks, who is the emergency quarterback.

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