Becoming the “heartbeat” of the offense

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McKoy expects more of experienced running backs

WVU football lost depth at a number of positions during the offseason, but depth still remains in two key areas on offense.

West Virginia will lack starting experience at quarterback and wide receiver, but will return multiple veterans on the offensive line and four running backs who appeared in at least five games in 2018.

With so much experience returning to the backfield, senior Kennedy McKoy says the unit wants to become the “heartbeat” of the offense.

 “Besides the [offensive line], I think the running back room has the most experience,” said McKoy last week. “So I don’t want to say we’re the biggest part, but we’re kind of seeing ourselves as the heartbeat of the offense, so we’re trying every day to get people going.”

McKoy and Martell Pettaway carried the load out of the backfield last season as juniors, while Alek Sinkfield and Leddie Brown each showed promise as freshmen.

While Sinkfield was limited by injuries, Brown became the only Mountaineer to eclipse 100 yards rushing on multiple occasions.

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