Hard to believe we are halfway through the Mountaineers 2014 season. WVU currently sits at 4-2 overall and 2-1 Big 12 Conference.
With six games remains and a huge game in Morgantown this weekend with #4 Baylor coming to town, it’s time for our midterm report card for West Virginia.
Who received the highest grades?
Offense – Kevin White – White has finally became the player the coaching staff expected when he arrived in Morgantown last season. At times, White is clearly the best player on the football field and is often Clint Trickett’s go-to guy. White currently leads the nation in receiving yards and is second in receptions.
Honorable Mention – Clint Trickett, Quinton Spain
Defense – Nick Kwiatkoski – Kwiatkoski is a tackling machine and leads the Mountaineer linebacker unit for Coach Gibson. He finished the Texas Tech game with 11 tackles and 2 tackles for a loss.
Honorable Mention – Karl Joesph, K.J. Dillon
Special Teams – Josh Lambert – Lambert has carried the Mountaineers to wins over Maryland and Texas Tech this season. Nailing game winners from 47-yards and 55-yards is enough to win this honor. This won’t be the last time we hear from Lambert this season.
Honorable Mention – Mario Alford
Surprise – Clint Trickett – It’s safe to say Trickett is one of the most improved players in the country and could easily switch out with White for Offensive MVP. Trickett, who is coming off surgery during the offseason, is completing 69% of his passes in 2014. At the halfway point, Trickett is 174 of 254 for 2203 yards, 12 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. His completion percentage in 2013 in limited action was 53%.
Freshmen – Dravon Henry – Henry has came in as a true freshmen and has maintained. You could use the word, steady, to describe his play to this point. Henry doesn’t play like a true freshmen and rarely makes a mistake that hurts the defense. Lot of responsibility to cover the backside of the defense. That challenge continues this weekend.
Game of the first half – Maryland – Some could argue that the Texas Tech game should be here, but the Maryland game is always the standard, or benchmark on how the season will play out. WVU jumped on the Terps early, but needed the foot of Josh Lambert to secure a 40-37 win in College Park.