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Facing WVU’s offense a “chore” for Beaty’s Jayhawks

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WVU quarterback Will Grier talks with receiver David Sills during Saturday's game against Delaware St. game. WVU quarterback Will Grier talks with receiver David Sills during Saturday's game against Delaware St. game.

MORGANTOWN - It’s finally time to see what West Virginia can do up against Big 12 Conference opponents. League play kicks off this weekend and WVU travels to Lawrence, Kansas, to face the Jayhawks in the opener.

The Mountaineers are 2-1, coming off a 59-16 win over Delaware State on Saturday. The Jayhawks bring a 1-2 record into the match and are looking to rebound after two straight losses.

“Obviously, when you don’t get the result you want, there is disappointment in all areas, but the thing that is very impressive about our group is the resiliency they have,” Kansas head coach David Beatty said Monday during the Big 12 Coaches Teleconference. “Their understanding that each game is one game, you are only going to be as good as your next and what you learn from it is the key moving forward.”

This weekend certainly presents the opportunity for Beaty and his Jayhawks to learn what they are made of, especially on defense. Beaty said it’s a “chore facing a Dana Holgorsen offense” and wide receiver David Sills is going to be a match up issue.

“He’s a tall, long, rangey guy. He looks like he could be tight end but he is obviously slender and quick enough to play wide out,” Beaty said of Sills. “He’s a guy that every time I open up the stat pages he’s doing something for those guys.”

If you were to open up the stat page, you would see 266 total yards and five touchdowns by Sills name. He is a top target for Will Grier but he isn’t the only target.

Gary Jennings leads all receivers with 363 yards and one touchdown. Marcus Simms missed the season opener for WVU but has made up for lost time the past two weekends. Simms had four catches for 91 yards and a touchdown against DSU. Ka’Raun White hasn’t made as much noise as the others as he is recovering from last years broken leg, but he has made plays when it counts. White currently has a total of 173 yards and two touchdowns.

“Gary Jennings is a terrific player, he makes them go in a lot of ways. Ka’Raun White can run as fast as a dog garn Ferrari. Marcus Simms can absolutely fly. They’ve got really fast guys there, they always have,” Beaty said of WVU’s receivers.

He also added that Will Grier and Justin Crawford are just two other pieces that make WVU’s offense explosive and talented.

Crawford is proving to more consistent as he has tallied at least 100 yards in every game thus far, he also has five touchdowns. Grier is certainly living up to the expectations as he has racked up 1027 passing yards and 11 touchdowns through three games.

“Obviously, it’s a great challenge but one we are looking forward to here Saturday at home,” Beaty added.

We will have the opportunity to hear more on the match up from WVU head coach Dana Holgorsen, the assistants and student-athletes coming up Tuesday afternoon. Stick with wvillustrated.com for the latest Quotes from Coach.

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