West Virginia head coach Neal Brown had his weekly press conference on Monday.

Brown gave updates on his current quarterback situation, closed out WVU’s win over Pitt, and gave his thoughts on this week’s game against Texas Tech.

QB Situation

The quarterback situation is an interesting one to monitor for West Virginia ahead of their game against Texas Tech. The Mountaineers lost Garrett Greene to an ankle injury in the second drive of the game and backup quarterback Nicco Marchiol led the Mountaineers to a win. Marchiol attempted only nine passes though, something Brown said will change if he plays this week.

“Nicco, there’s a lot of trust with him in the locker room, guys believe in him,” Brown said. “You’ll se a much, much improved play by Nicco when he gets the majority of reps.”

Marhciol will get those reps as Brown said Greene won’t be practicing on Monday or Tuesday of this week, and if Greene isn’t himself athletically, then Marchiol will be the guy.

“I think it’s too early in the week to say. Some people bounce back from these a little bit quicker than others,” Brown said. “I think time will tell.”

Brawl Recap

Brown gave his thoughts on both the good and the bad in the 17-6 win over Pitt on Saturday.

Offense: “The good, I thougth we controlled the game. We didn’t lose it. Didn’t do anything offensively to lose the game,” Brown said. “Things we’ve got to improve on, too many negative yards. Took a couple sacks that definitely should not have taken. Pass game has to be sharper and then we didn’t finish.”

Defense: “The good was obvious, three takeaways, three interceptions,” Brown said. “Our pass coverage, you always pay attention to yards-per-attempt. They had 4.0 yards-per-attempt, that’s really good. I thought we got good pressure on the quarterback. Everybody wants to pile on their quarterback but we had people at his feet. We had people around him all night and it affected him.”

“We started slow defensively, missed some tackles there early… we had more missed tackles on that [first] drive than we did the rest of the game combined. We’ve got to clean up some pass rush stuff. We need to finish, we need to finish better at the top of our rushes.”

Special Teams: “Made a 42-yard field goal, made it a two-score game at the time. I thought our kickoff coverage after the penalty that CJ should not have gotten was good. I think we tackled him at the 42, that was really important. We had a 14-yard punt return in the game… we downed a punt at the one, and then we had a huge play, Malachi Ruffin made a huge play on a tackle where I think it was a minus 11 (yards) on a punt return.”

“The thing we got to improve on is we had a punt blocked and it was poor technique. We had blockers for everybody, we just used poor technique. High expectations for our punt team, I think we can be as good as anybody in the country.”

Welcoming the Red Raiders

Texas Tech has been Brown’s kryptonite as he is 0-4 against them as the WVU head coach.

“Texas Tech, they’ve had our number and I think that’ll probably be the story this week,” Brown said. “It is what it is, can’t hide from it. They beat us for years in a row and last year was as probably as bad a performance as I’ve ever been apart of down in Lubbock.”

Brown and the Mountaineers will be readying for Tech’s tempo on offense, as Brown said they are going to have to be well aligned on defense in order to be successful.

“They’ve beaten us handily twice,” Brown said. “I think the common theme is they’ve moved the ball on us pretty well and then we haven’t ran the ball as well as we need to be able to run the football to win football games versus those guys. Their tempo’s been an issue. We spent a lot of time during the offseason on these guys, so hopefully it’ll show up.”

Montre Miller Injury

Brown revealed on Monday that transfer cornerback Montre Miller will miss the remainder of the season and is having surgery to address an injury he suffered.

“He’s going to have surgery and he’ll miss the remainder of the year. He’s going to have to seek an appeal. We’ll have to seek a waiver on that,” Brown said.