MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–Heading into the season, Sam James was expected to be a game changer for the Mountaineers.
However, in West Virginia’s season opener against James Madison, James struggled.
But against Missouri the 6-foot, 182-pound wide out looked like the player the Mountaineers knew he could be. He had five catches for 35 yards but got it done in other aspects of the game.
“He blocked well,” head coach Neal Brown said. “He was our best player clearly for the entire first half. He was explosive. I thought he did a good job getting the DBs’ hands off him, which has been something we’ve emphasized. I think he will continue to grow. I was pleased. He didn’t play as well against James Madison and he came back in the first half of the game and played really well.”
With WVU’s offensive struggles, they need someone to step up and that someone could be James, who has the speed and skillset to be a star.
In the coming weeks, the Mountaineers will need those stellar performances on a consistent basis from Richmond Hill Ga. native like he did on Saturday.
“He did a nice job with his releases on the line with his secondary releases with his pad level, caught some balls, got straight up field, caught that screen and went straight up the field,” offensive coordinator Matt Moore said. “For the first three drives, we were just really close when you watch the film to taking that thing down the field and scoring and it would have been a different ball game but all it takes is one guy. We miss a blitz or the quarterback misses a read and that’s when offenses falls a part unless you have erasers, right now we don’t have an eraser. Sam is the closest thing we have to an eraser.”
Cover Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS