After a tough overtime loss to Texas at home last weekend, the Mountaineers head back out on the road to take on the Kansas Jayhawks.
Heading into the game against Kansas, the offense once again has a question mark at the quarterback position. Clint Trickett was injured in Saturday's loss, making way for backup Paul Millard to have another shot at leading the Mountaineer offense. With Trickett out for the game, walk-on Logan Moore served as backup to Millard.
The news around Clint Trickett seems to be encouraging, but it still remains to be seen if he will return this weekend. In the information provided to the coaching staff, Trickett must be cleared on Thursday to play on Saturday after suffering a head injury against the Longhorns. If Trickett is forced to sit out, Millard will more than likely get the call. In this scenario, Moore will once again be the last man standing at the quarterback position. The redshirt freshman is confident that he can run the offense in an emergency situation.
"I think I would be fine," said Moore. "We'd probably just have to simplify the offense by running bubble screens and stuff."
Ford Childress is also making progress, but Coach Holgorsen says he is far from being ready to play.
"He's about 90 percent," said Holgorsen. "We're going to rep him a little more in practice this week, but he still needs time."
Regardless of who is playing quarterback Saturday, the Mountaineers must be ready to face a stout Jayhawk defense. It has been another disappointing season for Kansas in the win column, as they have managed just two wins in nine games. While they are not getting the result they want, that does not mean the Jayhawks are not improved. Kansas gave conference leader Texas all they could handle in Austin. Oklahoma also received a scare from the Jayhawks when they traveled to Lawrence earlier this season.
After looking at film, offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson says he sees a big difference in the Kansas defense this season compared to last.
"They are much more aggressive and play more man," said Dawson. "They also have done a great job at stopping the run in the past few games."
With the Jayhawks doing a great job against the run, passing the ball more than normal may be the answer to having success against the Kansas defense. Quarterback Paul Millard said he would be fine with throwing the ball more if he has the chance, and hopes that the offense can put up more points this weekend.
"I love throwing the ball," said Millard. "In this offense, we love to sling it. We hope to score a lot of points Saturday."
The Mountaineers will look to get their second road win of the season this Saturday when they make the long trip to Lawrence, Ks. In what is that last road trip of the season, running back Dreamius Smith has been waiting for this game all season. Smith originally committed to playing for Kansas, but ended up coming to Morgantown. Dreamius says he is excited for the chance to play in front of family.
"It'll feel good to play at home," said Smith. "My family we'll get a chance to see me play."
As for how many family members will be in attendance, Dreamius hopes to have a big group.
"I'm not really sure of an exact number," said Smith. "I hope it's a lot though."
The Mountaineers will hope to remain alive in the hunt for a bowl game this Saturday at noon when they face the Jayhawks.