So it came to light today that freshman quarterback Jeremy Johnson -- a Texan -- might be struggling a bit with, you know, being so far away from home and all.
Fair enough, it happens to a bunch of college freshmen all over this country. But it makes the news when you are a very good quarterback, that's just the way things go.
After practice, (a practice Johnson did not go through) Bill Stewart had this to say about this issue: "Today, we have a young man fighting a little home sickness right now. Jeremy Johnson is a long way from home and hopefully we can nurture him through this."
Naturally, it would seem everyone is hoping for the best for Johnson.
But let's get into a few things here: What do you think sparked this? And, what if he decides to leave?
Sure, this might be a simple case of being a long way from home and a kid being antsy. But, with that said, there are also newcomers from Florida (a few), Tennessee (which we will get into in a minute), Georgia and California among the guys from Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and New Jersey --- and none of them seem to have an itch to want to get out of Morgantown.
Which leads people to think this; Could Johnson's homesickness really be spun into a positive in so much as this: Could it be an indication of just how good Barry Brunetti -- the other highly-sought-after freshman QB -- is doing in camp. That's my thinking, at least. While everyone is looking at this Johnson homesickness situation narrowly, think about it in a wider scope. Perhaps, just perhaps, Johnson getting antsy and wanting to get out of Morgantown has as much to do with Brunetti being very, very, very good as it does with anything else.
Think about that for a moment.
To me, that's what could have sparked this homesickness, or at least helped give Johnson a stronger case of the ailment.
Now, in terms of what happens if he decides to leave this season.
The QB depth chart is this:
1. GENO SMITH
2. BARRY BRUNETTI
3. COLEY WHITE/BRAD STARKS
To me, that's not really that bad of a two-deep and, mirrors what happened last year. Think about it, last season, Jarrett Brown was a first-year starter with some snaps under his belt (which Smith is now), the backup was a freshman (which Brunetti is now) and when it gets to that third spot, you are kind of in a crapshoot situation anyway (which it would be now).
So, while much is being made right now about this possible case of homesickness and, if Johnson follows through and goes home how it will impact the Mountaineers, I'm saying it really wouldn't be that big of a deal.