Morgantown, W. Va. – Head coach Neal Brown and his Mountaineers have a short work week this Thanksgiving week. The Mountaineers will travel to Fort Worth, Texas for their season finale matchup Friday against the TCU Horned Frogs. Coach Brown met with the media Monday afternoon to discuss the team’s last game of the season.
Coach Brown and his team is looking toward the Thanksgiving week, with a team Thanksgiving meal planned as well a few other activities. “It’s kind of one of my favorite weeks of the year. You know, our guys, we have a lot of guys that want to be NFL players,” Brown said. “It’s a football week, it’s a great opportunity for us to kind of spend this last week together as a 2019 team. We’ll do a lot of team activities . . . and we’re going to be intentional about enjoying this.”
“We’ll do a Thanksgiving meal on Wednesday. We’ve got some more meals during the day,” Brown said. “We’ll do some competition things with the guys . . . It’s a short week, we’ve got to really intentional with how physical we are this week.”
Brown is very appreciative of his 22 seniors, as he mentioned Saturday after the loss. While this week marks the end of the season, Brown knows that this game is a great building block for his team to start building toward more success in the 2020 season. Gary Patterson’s Horned Frogs is a team full of talent, with a lot of age and experience on defense and a top offensive line in the Big 12.
Youth has been a recurring topic for Brown’s team this season and when asked if he would be playing even more young players in this season finale, Brown was short in reply stating it would be business as usual. “We’re just going to play them like normal.”
Brown expects his team to show up and play hard this week against the Horned Frogs, despite the post-season no longer being in contention. The head coach said, “We’re trying to get better. If you look at it, we’ve got most of our team back for several years. . . I believe our guys will show up and play hard. Really the only issue I’ve had with our team is the Texas Tech game.
Brown knows that while there is no bowl game, the primary focus for his team is their seniors. “Motivation factor is sending our seniors out on a positive note and a building block for next season.”
Brown and the Mountaineers take on Gary Patterson’s TCU Horned Frogs Friday in Fort Worth, Texas. The game will be televised on ESPN.