West Virginia quarterback Chris Chugunov was inconsistent in his first game with major action against Texas. However, head coach Dana Holgorsen has faith in his new starting quarterback.
“Having first team reps is going to help any quarterback feel more comfortable,” Holgorsen said. “We feel good about Chugs. I thought he played hard and battled hard.”
West Virginia thrust Chugunov into action after starting quarterback Will Grier broke his finger while diving for the goal line. Chugunov had just 21 career pass attempts heading into Saturday.
After a slow start, Chugunov finished with 14-of-26 passing for 189 yards and a passing touchdown.
However, it became clear Chugunov got more comfortable as the game went on. The Mountaineers punted traveled just 55 yards and punted on five straight drives with Chugunov under center. However, he then led a 51-yard drive and 76-yard touchdown drive.
“Texas is probably the best defense we played all year,” Holgorsen said. “They put a lot of pressure on the quarterback. I thought he went in there and managed things really well.”
Chugunov was an all-state quarterback as a high schooler in New Jersey and threw for 6,308 yards and 47 touchdowns for a state runner up. Obviously, he can sling the ball. However, West Virginia needs him to grow up a little quicker than expected with Grier out.
It won’t get any easier, as Chugunov faces off against the No. 3 Oklahoma Sooners on Saturday in Norman.