Morgantown, W.Va. – Head coach Neal Brown met with the media Tuesday afternoon after West Virginia’s close road loss to the Baylor Bears in Waco, Texas. Brown was proud of the way his team played, highlighting the team’s first kickoff return for a touchdown for the first time since 2015.
“Defensively, that’s the best we’ve played from start to finish the whole year,” Brown said. “Credit to our staff and players for that.”
Brown announced two departures from the team this week; wide receiver Ricky Johns and quarterback Jack Allison. Allison has been QB2 behind starting quarterback Austin Kendall and his departure now opens up the backup position for competition. Both Trey Lowe and Jarret Doege will compete this week for the role of backup, and the head coach hinted that both will see playing time this Saturday against Texas Tech.
The head coach’s main focus each week has been the desire for increased improvement each week and with four games left in the season, and the month of November, the coach wants his team to finish as strong as possibly.
“First game in November. Most teams are judged by how they finish . . . we look to do that strong.”
The Mountaineers take on the Texas Tech Red Raiders on Saturday at home, and have not played a home game sine the October 12 loss to Iowa State. Brown pointed out that both West Virginia and Texas Tech are hungry for a win going into Saturday.
“Excited to get back home, we haven’t played back home in, I think it’s been five weeks,” Brown said. “Texas Tech, offensively, they play with a lot of tempo. I think they have one of the top offensive lines in our conference.”
Brown pointed out that Saturday’s game is Military Appreciation Day at Milan Puskar. With that, the head coach hinted that this week’s uniforms will pay respect and homage to West Virginia Veterans.
Finally, the head coach pointed out the desire to finish the last four games of the regular season as strong as possible, which has the potential to lead the Mountaineers into the post-season if the team can take away three more wins.
Brown is optimistic that his team can finish this season strong as we go into the final weeks of the 2019 season, “We’ve got a great opportunity to finish the season strong . . . Our guys are playing the right way.”