Morgantown, W.Va.- Head coach Neal Brown took to the podium Tuesday afternoon, where he was forced to relive the heartbreaking home loss to Texas Tech last week. The head coach was quick to point out his thoughts on his team’s defeat, he still managed to be positive and upbeat as always, looking ahead to a tough road trip to Lawrence, Kansas this coming weekend.
” Our team wasn’t ready to go Saturday vs Texas Tech,” Brown lamented. “Third and fourth down execution in opening series was not very good . . . When you aren’t mentally locked in every single play, you get exposed. That’s what happened Saturday.”
Brown went out on to point out that the loss Saturday did not look quite as bad as he thought it would when it came time to view the film on Sunday, pointing out the strengths and continued improvements seen on offense with the quarterbacks and receivers. Brown went on to point out that he likes to go back and watch old film from camp, or past games in the season not only to see the trajectory of improvement but for his sanity’s sake.
” I thought it was the best performance by our quarterbacks and receivers,” Brown said. “I’m really excited about our receivers.”
When talking about marked improvement on the offense, it would have been shocking had Brown not said something about redshirt freshman Sam James. James is quickly making a name for himself, both in the eyes of the head coach and the Big 12 conference, winning newcomer of the week for a second time this season. “I coach him harder than anyone on our team because he has a huge ceiling, Brown said. “I think he’s, at this point, our top playmaker.
Brown went on to speak about this week’s opponent; the Kansas State Wildcats. Brown considers the Wildcats to be a veteran team with discipline; “Huge loss vs Texas last week . . . they’ve got a great walk on program that’s continuing on with Coach Snyder’s legacy,” Brown said. “Eight seniors on offensive, five redshirt seniors on the offensive line ( the o-line playing really well, lots of continuity).”
Brown pointed out how well Wildcats quarterback Skylar Thompson has been playing this season as well, “He is playing really under control . . . he’s done a great job of throwing the football effectively down the field.”
Brown gave a quick injury update for the Mountaineers, a moment where fans can collectively hold their breaths and breathe sighs of relief. Brown pointed out that wide receiver Sean Ryan will practice and a decision will be made by the end of the week, Josh Chandler practiced last week and will play in Manhattan, Evan Staley will be an end-of-week decision as will one of the biggest heart’s of the team TJ Simmons.
Brown is looking for quite the turnaround from his team as they look toward the final three games of the season. While the Mountaineers can literally only go up from here, the head coach is “Looking forward to playing better football this week.”