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Upperclassmen will be the key to the West Virginia offense

As West Virginia’s season is fast approaching, an area that they will have to be better in if they want to have more success than they did a year ago is on the offensive side of the ball.

Last season, West Virginia ranked 8th in the Big 12 in scoring, averaging 26.5 points per game. The passing game for the Mountaineers did finish second in yards per game, with just under 278 passing yards per game, while the rushing attack finished 8th in the conference, with just above 135 yards per game.

If West Virginia wants to find success, they will have to have similar passing numbers, while also getting an increase in scoring touchdowns and being able to finish drives.

Last season, West Virginia ranked 7th in the conference, scoring 31 touchdowns, while making 14 field goals. If you look at Oklahoma for example, they scored 57 touchdowns, and made 22 field goals, which is 34 more scoring plays than West Virginia.

Obviously West Virginia will not have Oklahoma type production, but being able to at least close the gap somewhat, will be crucial to West Virginia’s success.

The offense does return a lot of key pieces. Senior quarterback Jarret Doege, senior running back Leddie Brown, and junior receiver Bryce Ford-Wheaton. Those three players are going to be vital if West Virginia is going to have success on offense.

Leddie Brown should be the focal point of the offense this season. Last year, Brown had a breakout season, rushing for over 1,000 yards, and rushing for nine touchdowns.

Brown, as well as running back coach Chad Scott said he has worked with Brown on his skillset outside of running, including catching the ball out of the backfield and lining up as a receiver. If Brown is able to be used in different ways, then it can only help this offense.

Doege has also taken steps to improve his game. After getting benched in West Virginia’s bowl game last season, he has worked very hard to get better at his position.

Doege has lamented about the cutting his body fat percentage down as well as just working on pocket presence and throwing the deep ball. Having a more productive quarterback will be good for the Mountaineers, to make them not a one-dimensional offense.

If West Virginia wants to win and possibly compete for a Big 12 Championship, Doege, Brown, and the offense will have to step it up. Scoring points has been a problem in the first two years of head coach Neal Brown’s tenure, and if West Virginia can get going offensively, big things could be in store for them this season.

Photo by Dale Sparks, WVU

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