Morgantown, W.Va- On the same day Mountaineers fans rejoiced at planning ahead to the 2020 football season, head coach Neal Brown met with the media to discuss all things West Virginia football as the team goes through their final bye week of the season.
The Mountaineers are coming off of their third consecutive loss of the season, and will travel to Waco, Texas for a Halloween Thursday night game next week. The head coach is hoping to use this week off for both rest and a time for seeking and finding improvement from his team as they go into the remainder of the schedule.
Coach Brown spent Tuesday looking back at the loss in Norman, with the intention of discussing next week’s trip to Baylor during the actual game week.
“Credit to Oklahoma, I think they are one of the best teams in the country,” Brown said. “We got an up close look at what it takes to get to the top of this conference.”
Brown pointed out a few injury updates; with the main injury update being on Josh Chandler. Chandler will be out for the Baylor game, and most likely a month. The head coach did not want to give an exact number of games for the defensive player.
“It’s a great opportunity for us to hit the reset button, We’ve got a five-game season left,” Brown said. “The key, and I told this to our staff and I’ll talk to our players when I see them this afternoon, is really it’s about making marked improvement as we go through this.”
Brown pointed out that the team has struggled to be consistent through any phase of the game throughout the season. He feels the team has played with high effort, but there has been a lack of consistency across the board, which has led the team to struggle throughout. The head coach was also asked about revamping and re-inventing the offense and run game week in, week out.
“It’s really in the run game, just trying to find the right mix.”
Finally, Brown pointed out that Austin Kendall is his team’s starting quarterback and that is how the team will play, practice and prepare moving forward. The coach also pointed out that Jarrett Doege did travel with the team, highlighting that it was important for him to get a good feel for Big 12 travel for the future.
When asked if Brown has thought about using Doege throughout the remaining four games, and taking advantage of the redshirt rule, Brown replied “We will take advantage of that rule.”