MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – With WVU’s season opener against SEC opponent Missouri just two days out, starting senior QB Skyler Howard is more confident than he’s ever been.
“It’s been a long time coming,” said Howard. “There are no doubts on either side of the ball that I’ve seen. On defense, the confidence is really high, my confidence is very high, expectations are high. I think we are all just ready to go.”
Since the clock struck midnight this past Sunday, the “game week” feeling has taken over his mind and body.
“When Sunday night hit it was game week and I really like the feeling that I had Sunday night and just carrying over to today and today’s practice and following practice watching film, you get that feeling,” Howard said on Tuesday. “It was nice to get our feet wet into Missouri’s defense and everything like that.”
Speaking of Missouri’s defense, the Tigers are known for having one of the top defensive lines in college football. In contrast, WVU is known for having one of the top offensive lines, led by senior Tyler Orlosky.
“They’re (Missouri) bigger than what we’re used to,” Orlosky said. “They’re doing a really good job on leverage, getting up underneath the guy. They have guys that stunt a lot. Their linebackers have played a lot. Obviously they’re and experienced defense and I’m pretty sure it’s going to be the same defense they had last year, so they have a lot going for them.”
This Big 12-SEC matchup is sure to be a battle of the lines, but according to Howard, it won’t be anything the Mountaineers haven’t already seen from within their own conference.
“If we focus on ourselves we are going to execute,” said Howard. “If we win up front we are going to execute and that’s the number one thing. We have to win up front. It all starts up front . . . Yeah, their d-line is really good so they don’t have to bring a lot of pressure. They do a variety of things, but it’s nothing that we haven’t already seen in the Big 12.”
The West Virginia Mountaineers will face the Missouri Tigers this Saturday, September 3 at Milan Puskar Stadium with kickoff slated for noon.
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