The status of at least three players on the Mountaineer offense is still up in the air this week, according to West Virginia’s head coach.
At his weekly press conference Tuesday, Neal Brown explained that wide receiver Sean Ryan could be available Saturday when the Mountaineers open Big 12 Conference play at Kansas. Ryan was knocked out of the game against NC State with an injury in the second half, but he participated in the team’s walkthrough Monday.
“We’re hopeful for him,” Brown said.
Brown added that left guard Mike Brown should be available for this week after missing the previous game with an illness, and that the coaching staff won’t make a decision on lineman Josh Sills’ status until later this week. Sills missed the NC State game with an injury.
The head coach also explained why senior running back Martell Pettaway did not appear in the game against the Wolfpack. Brown noted that Pettaway is not injured, nor is he “in the doghouse.” Rather, Pettaway didn’t receive a carry because other players at his position took care of business.
“He’s a kid we still have confidence in. We just played one back,” Brown said. “We started [redshirt sophomore Alec] Sinkfield, ran him a little bit. [Senior] Kennedy [McKoy] got hot, and we rode him, and then we felt like [sophomore] Leddie [Brown] was the guy to wear them down at the end, and he did some nice things, showed some power at the end.”
West Virginia recorded 173 rushing yards last week. McKoy led the team with 66 yards rushing on 10 carries.