WVU football: Chris Chugunov to leave Morgantown

DALLAS, TX - DECEMBER 26: Chris Chugunov
DALLAS, TX - DECEMBER 26: Chris Chugunov /

The WVU football team is losing its back up quarterback for the 2018 season. That may or may not be a bad thing.

Barring some other catastrophe, Chris Chugunov was not going to see the field next season. He was called upon to replace Will Grier in two and a half games and the WVU football team lost each time out.

Chugunov did not play well and did not seem to improve from his first snap to his last snap. As WVU football coach Dana Hoglorsen addressed reporters on Wednesday, he said that Chugunov will graduate in May because he is a senior.

Although Chugunov has a fifth year of eligibility, he will opt out and move on from the WVU football team. He may transfer to another program, which he should have been looking to do following the Heart of Dallas Bowl loss.

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Chugunov may also cut his own personal losses and move on from the game, altogether. He  received the rare experience of playing for a top-flight Division I football program and should have memories that will last a lifetime.

Chugunov just couldn’t get the job done. He may have been well-prepared and focused in his starts, but the skills didn’t add up to get the job done. According to diehards.com, Chugunov completed 47.8 percent of his passes for 536 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions for the season.

What really sealed the deal for Chugunov’s future football career was the poor performance against Utah. He completed only 9 of 28 passes for 129 yards and those two interceptions. West Virginia played uninspired as a whole unit in that one and it was a tough way to end a tough season.

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Chugunov isn’t the only player who won’t be back for a fifth season. Wide receiver Ricky Rogers and defensive lineman Jaleel Fields will forgo their final season of eligibility.