MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–The West Virginia University football team is off to a 6-0 start for the first since the 2006 season. With success sometimes comes failure but the Mountaineers are trying to stay grounded amidst their success.
“I think we have a group of kids who understands where we are, WVU head coach Dana Holgorsen said. “Our job is the same going into game seven as it was going into game one. You have a week, you prepare all week and you practice hard to get yourself in a position to play on Saturday and then go play.
“Our guys like where they are, based on what people are saying or the attention, I can assure you has no impact on them whatsoever to how today’s practice is going to be and what they are going to do to prepare to win the game this Saturday. That message has been sent loud and clear, and guess what, it was sent loud and clear August 1. We have goals ahead of us, and we are not anywhere close to being in a position to meet any of them.”
Instead of buying into the hype of going undefeated and a possible College Football Playoff berth, the Mountaineers are taking it one day at a time, one opponent at a time.
“We have to take it one week at a time,” center Tyler Orlosky said. “Our stance is any team can beat us and we can beat any team. This team understands that. I think this team understands that. I think taking it one week at a time and not looking ahead is what’s going to keep us have that consistence that we need.”
Whether the opponent is Baylor or Youngstown State, WVU is going to look at them the same.
“You still got to go out there and play ball,” senior quarterback Skyler Howard said. “You still got to line up and move the ball and get in the end zone. Nothing is given no matter who you play; I don’t care if we are playing a D-II team, just like we played Youngstown earlier in the year. You still got to line up and play ball. So you have to prepare the same, go out there with the same mentality. You can’t change anything.”
While that task is probably easier said than done, the Mountaineers are just trying to continue improving and ignoring the hoopla from outsiders.
“Just to stay in the film room, not to pay attention to the outside,” linebacker David Long said. “Just to stay cool, not to pay attention to the rankings, nothing like that. Just take it one-by-one.”
For the wide receivers, staying grounded is easy. Because they have yet to live up to their potential.
“My guys haven’t played any good football yet,” receivers coach Tyron Carrier said. “They just give you spurts, I told them they tease you all the time. They tease you. They give you a good play here and there but it’s not consistent. To win the Big 12, you have to be very consistent.”
This WVU group knows they are far from where they want to be in December.
Cover Photo Credit: Kelsie LeRose, BGS