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Barry Brunetti Leaving WVU

Freshman backup quarterback Barry Brunetti has announced on Twitter that he's leaving West Virginia University.  Brunetti wouldn't likely get a chance at the starting job until after sophomore Geno Smith graduates. 

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Brunetti announced on Twitter this afternoon:

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Can't wait to get home to see my people. Been a while. Due to a list of things andpersonal reasons. Will not be returning to WVU next year.

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Brunetti further commented:

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Still was great being a Mountaineer. No bitterness anywhere. Love all the times I had here. Family first.

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As well as:

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Still focusing on Helping wvu win the Champs Sports Bowl. After that continue my new journey.

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Hoppy Kerchival is reporting that Brunetti's announcement has come strictly by way of Twitter and that WVU Football officials have not been notified.

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I'm always sorry to see someone leave Morgantown, whether they play football or not.  However, I think this is a perfectly understandable decision made by Brunetti.  By all accounts, he has the talent to start somewhere, but with Geno's break-out season, it just may not be West Virginia.  What it does mean, is that the Mountaineers have seen their two backup quarterbacks leave town this season.  The depth at the QB spot is non-existent next season, and Stew and Crew are going to have to hit the recruiting trail hard to remedy that.  With the inconsistent offensive line play this season, the Mountaineers seem to always be one play away from needing to send a back-up into the game.

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