West Virginia University has a proud football history that dates back decades. Over the years, the school has placed a number of players in the NFL too. Quarterbacks get most of the attention in football though and how many West Virginia Mountaineers quarterbacks have been picked in the NFL Draft? The answer is six.
Mickey Trimarki – 1958
Mickey Trimarki played quarterback, sometimes as a starter and sometimes not for West Virginia from 1955 to 1957. The Philadelphia Eagles would choose him with the third pick in the 13th round of the 1958 NFL Draft. He would not see any playing time in the league.
Oliver Luck – 1982
Almost 25 years would pass before another Mountaineers quarterback would be chosen in the draft. In 1982, the Houston Oilers chose Oliver Luck with the 17th pick of the 2nd round. Luck had good speed, but mostly saw time as a backup quarterback during his four years in the NFL.
Jeff Hostetler – 1984
Jeff Hostetler began his college career as quarterback for the Penn State Nittany Lions before transferring to West Virginia following his freshman year. He would go on to put up numbers that are still impressive in the college’s history, especially when considering he only had two years of football there. Hoss would go on to be drafted in 1984 by the New York Giants. He would backup Phil Simms for most of his early career, but after becoming the starter thanks to injury in late 1990, he would help the team make a run through the playoffs and win the Super Bowl. Hostetler would also go on to play for the Los Angeles Raiders and Washington Redskins before retiring following the 1998 season.
Major Harris – 1990
Major Harris was an exceptional college quarterback who could beat a team with his legs just as much as with his arm. He would finish in 5th place in the 1988 Heisman Trophy race and then in 3rd place in 1989. 1990 would see him get drafted by the Los Angeles Raiders in the 12th round of the NFL Draft. He would never play a down in the NFL, would play one injury filled season in the Canadian Football League, and would also see time in other leagues including the Arena Football League, National Minor Football League, and the Professional Spring Football League. Major Harris is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame.
Marc Bulger – 2000
Marc Bulger had a very impressive career at West Virginia and would leave the school seeing his name in the record books more than twenty times. He was drafted in the 6th round of the 2000 NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints who would waive him during training camp. He would then spend a couple of weeks with the Atlanta Falcons before being cut again and signing with the St. Louis Rams. He wouldn’t last the season there either, but the next year the Rams would re-sign him and keep him on the roster, mostly as an emergency quarterback though. In 2002, Bulger got his shot and went 6-0 as a starter after filling in when both the starting and backup quarterbacks for the team went down with injury. He had some awesome years with the Rams and would find himself playing there until 2010 when he would sign with the Baltimore Ravens as a free agent.
Pat White – 2009
When Pat White went to West Virginia, he passed up a six figure contract that had been offered to him by the Anaheim Angels of Major League Baseball. White would go on to play in some of the biggest games in Mountaineers history and would leave the school as one of the best quarterback they have ever had there. He was selected by the Miami Dolphins with their second round pick, the 44th overall, and would go on to give them some interesting options in their Wildcat formation. White would be released during the 2010 NFL season and would shortly thereafter sign a minor league baseball contract with the Kansas City Royals.