Morgantown, W. Va. – Coach Neal Brown spent his Tuesday afternoon meeting with the local West Virginia media to discuss his team’s victory over the N.C. State Wolfpack and the team’s upcoming trip to Lawrence, Kansas to take on the Kansas Jayhawks.
Brown opened the conference with a moment of reflection for the Roane County’s Alex Miller; “On behalf of our football program, I want to offer condolences to the family of Alex Miller and his friends, teammates as well as everyone in Roane County,” Brown said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with them. It’s a really sad event. I wanted to make sure everyone in Spencer and Roane County knew that we are thinking about them.”
Brown gave a brief recap of last Saturday’s home victory over the Wolfpack, praising the kicking and punting. Brown also pointed out that his offense took a much needed leap forward, finishing the game with avoiding negative yardage plays. Brown was also appreciative of the fans and the crowd, anyone who was at the game or saw the game could see how electric and engaged the crowd was.
“I thought it was a great atmosphere and our crowd played a huge part in that,” Brown commented. “I said that Saturday and I just wanted to reiterate that.”
Brown moved on to the upcoming trip to Kansas, pointing out that his players “have to handle the trip better” in comparison to the team’s trip to Missouri two weeks ago. Brown’s team and the Jayhawks had standout wins to go into conference play, and both teams will need that momentum to carry on through Saturday afternoon in Lawrence.
“They’re coming off a really impressive win over Boston College,” commented Brown. The head coach feels the Jayhawks defense is something worth noting, they’re playing very hard and fast and will be a tough defense to go up against.
Brown plans to rotate seven on offense in Lawrence, with Mike Brown likely being ready to go and Josh Sills being questionable still at this point. Brown’s rotations weekly are part scheming offensively and part finding what works with young players.
Brown was asked about the similar situation of his team compared to Miles and the Jayhawks. Both coaches are in their first years at their respective schools, and working on rebuilding and growing young players; especially on the offensive lines.
Brown was also asked about playing “a bunch of young guys” in Saturday’s game, specifically nineteen first year players.
“I think it’s something we’re doing out of necessity. I think as a coach you would prefer them to be a little older,” Brown said. “We got to play the best guys and our young people have shown that they are ready to play.” Brown highlighted both Jordan Jefferson and Ali Jennings and the performances they had in the victory.
This will not be the first time Brown or the Mountaineers have taken on Les Miles. Brown’s Troy team traveled to LSU to take on Miles and the Tigers in a game Brown pointed out, “A game I would like to forget.”
“We were up a lot and ended up getting beat,” going on to point out that he met the coach at Big 12 media days and has great respect for the Mad Hatter.
Brown and the Mountaineers travel to Lawrence, Kansas to take on Les Miles and the Jayhawks Saturday at 4:30 EST. The game will be streamed on ESPN+