Morgantown, W.VA. – West Virginia head football coach Neal Brown addressed the media Tuesday afternoon as the players and staff had the day off during the final bye week of the season. Brown and the Mountaineers are coming off their fourth win of the season, undefeated at home for the year, with an extra week to prepare for their home final against the Oklahoma Sooners.
Brown and his staff had yet to meet together since the TCU victory to determine team award winners. The head coach credited the fans and the WVU Gameday staff for creating an atmosphere in Morgantown that “feels like college football” despite the pandemic.
Wide receiver TJ Simmons and safety Tykee Smith were both recognized by the head coach Tuesday for getting offensive and defensives players of the week for the Big 12. Brown pointed out that Simmons has had his best few weeks of practice going into the TCU win, and that the best practices tend to bring great game play. Brown went on to sing Smith’s praises, noting that he has been increasingly improving through the season. “We feel like he’s our best football player period.”
Brown pointed out that while the team’s run game is much improved since last season, Brown knows his team is not at the level to compete for championships just yet, but the head coach can see it on the horizon, “That work has paid off, but I don’t think it’s a finished product.”
Brown gave a brief update on Josh Chandler-Semedo, stating that he was still unsure if he will be ready to go for the Oklahoma game. Chandler-Semedo missed the TCU game following an injury obtained in the Texas game two weeks ago.
The Mountaineers are undefeated at home and unfortunately, winless on the road. Following the bye week, West Virginia has two chances to both keep the undefeated record at home and finally get a road victory for the 2020 season. Brown is in his second year as head coach at West Virginia and has finally started to see marked improvement from the Mountaineers since game one of 2019.
The Mountaineers will play host to the Oklahoma Sooners on Saturday, November 28.