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Loe Looking For Strong Second Half of Season in West Virginia Defense

Amidst the West Virginia football team’s struggles on the defensive side of the ball the first half of this season, redshirt junior Exree Loe has been a reliable tool to plug in on that side of the ball in crucial situations.

Through six games this season, Loe has taken down ball carriers a total of 22 times and 15 of his own in the process. The linebacker’s best performance of the first half of this season was at Maryland the first week of the season when the junior collected five solo tackles of his own.

Even through the many takedowns of ball carriers on the young season, Loe has discussed how he needs to help himself and his teammates in preparing for on the field success in communicating better.

“Checks, making sure everybody’s in the right spot and relaying the calls to each other, making sure everybody’s getting the right calls,” Loe said. “I believe we need to improve on communication and just getting everybody to the ball and making routine tackles.”

This eighth week of the college football season, the Mountaineers get set to take on the TCU Horned Frogs and it’ll be a tough test with TCU possessing some of the best backfield threats in the country in sophomore running backs Zach Evans and Kendre Miller.

“I believe we’re just not attacking the ball how we need to and trying to rip it out in piles and just things like that, that’s things we also have to improve on this week,” Loe said.

Not to mention, TCU’s quarterback in junior Max Duggan is always a rushing threat out of the Horned Frogs backfield.

“It just makes things a little more difficult when you have to stop a running quarterback because you have to account him in the run game now,” Loe said.

One of the biggest aspects of the West Virginia defense that Loe pointed out at Tuesday’s press conference was the lack of communication on that side of the ball and the repetitions on getting better in that part of the game.

“I’m thinking it’s a little bit of everybody, we’re just not communicating enough I believe what it is, I think we could communicate a little bit more and a little bit better and that’s the things we need to focus on in the second half of the season,” Loe said.

Looking back on the first half of the season in which the Mountaineers went a combined 2-4 with a pair of victories over Long Island and Virginia Tech, Loe says that finishing games is an important part of the game that needs to be nailed down.

“I would believe so, but we still had things that we screwed up in the second half of those games and things we need to clean up in this second half of the season,” Loe said. “We just need to make sure we finish games stronger.”

The West Virginia football team will take on TCU this Saturday in Fort Worth, Texas, at Amon G. Carter Stadium at 7:30 p.m.

(Top Photo: Bryan Doughtery)

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