MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - After WVU’s first spring scrimmage Saturday, head coach Neal Brown said the offense is lagging behind the defense.
Co-offensive coordinator Matt Moore echoed that thought Tuesday, saying the running game and offensive line need to improve.
“We just made some mistakes that we’ve got to clear up,” said Moore. “We’ve got to continue to work on it and get our technique better, our pad level, just basic fundamental stuff. Sometimes, these guys haven’t had a ton of reps. Both tackles played pretty good, but inside, we just didn’t do what we need to do, and we need to continue to work on that. It’s not progressing the way I want it to right now.”
Moore said West Virginia’s running backs are talented, but the offensive line has to “get it right” — something that’s difficult when training against Vic Koenning’s intricate defense.
Watch Moore’s full press conference below:
Running backs coach Chad Scott admits that his group might be the deepest and most talented position group on the offense, but adds he’s looking for players to excel in areas beyond carrying the football.
“Right now, the running back group is the best personnel on the offense, but with that being said, those guys gotta produce, they’ve got to run the ball effectively, got to block effectively, they’ve gotta catch the ball out of the backfield effectively to be that,” said Scott. Quarterbacks coach Sean Reagan said that WVU’s three quarterbacks — Austin Kendall, Jack Allison and Trey Lowe — all have proven they have plenty of arm talent. Now, he has begun monitoring the way the players lead and gain the backing of the rest of the offense.
“You gotta believe in the guy that’s gotta be the quarterback,” said Reagan.
The receivers those quarterbacks will target are continuing to work on fundamentals, but assistant coach Xavier Dye said he’ll continue to search for the players who are the most consistent. Those players will step into the largest roles when the regular season arrives.
“That’s one thing you really look for, because you’ve got to be able to put the guys out there you can count on,” said Dye. “The guys that are not, then you’ve got to keep bringing them along to get them to that point, but that’s the main thing. When the guys are consistent, you see it everyday.” And with NFL Draft prospect Trevon West now gone, the Mountaineers will turn to other options at tight end this fall. Assistant coach Travis Trickett discussed that position group, and why he’s encouraging players to model their game after a couple stars:
The annual Gold-Blue Spring Game is April 13.