Morgantown, W.VA. – Mountaineers football head coach Neal Brown met with members of the media Tuesday ahead of his team’s Tuesday practice. The Mountaineers are 1-0 going into this week’s bye week, before traveling to Stillwater, Oklahoma to take on the Oklahoma State Cowboys on September 26.
Coach Brown was still happy with his team’s performance in the season opener this past Saturday. “Big win Saturday. (It was) fun to be out there competing again.”
The head coach was generally pleased with his team’s performance despite a few missed assignments on defense. The team was able to play a great number of players versus Eastern Kentucky, especially with 11 starters sitting out their one-game suspension from previously violating team rules.
Coach Brown said that the offense’s goal of starting fast and wanting to get ahead early was accomplished, helped by getting the ball to start the game. The dark side of the game was the performance of the special teams, who at times “didn’t do what they were supposed to do.”
Brown went on to announce the team’s award winners from the win over Eastern Kentucky: Alonzo Addae on special teams, Mike Brown on the offensive line, Tony Fields on the defensive line, and Leddie Brown on offense. The Blue Collar Award goes to a player whose work behind the scenes makes a difference, with the award playing homage to the State of West Virginia, went to Jackson Kniper. Scout Team Awards were given to Trent Jackson, Lanell Carr and Quamaezius Mosby. Finally, the Juice Squad Award went to Evan Mathis.
Brown pointed out that this week is “Extra Yard for Teachers Week” throughout college football and that the team would be doing a few things on social media throughout the week.
Coach Brown and the Mountaineers travel to Stillwater next week to open conference play against the Oklahoma State Cowboys. The game will air at 3:30 ET on either ABC or ESPN.