Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Midseason report: West Virginia
By Brandon Chatmon
The West Virginia Mountaineers are still searching for continuity on offense seven weeks into the season. Coach Dana Holgorsen didn’t want to feature an offense that used multiple quarterbacks, yet three quarterbacks have started for WVU in 2013.
“I wish I was sitting here after six games saying that we know who we are, where we’re at and where we’re going,” Holgorsen said last week.
Clint Trickett, the Florida State transfer, has had good moments, including his tough, clutch play against Oklahoma State, yet has struggled as well. Neither Paul Millard nor Ford Childress have looked like the answer at quarterback, either. The Mountaineers’ 24-points-per-game average ranks No. 91 nationally as WVU doesn't resemble the type of attack Holgorsen has become known for developing. Despite their upset victory over the preseason Big 12 favorite Cowboys, their season has largely been defined by blowout losses to Baylor and Maryland, which have stood out because of the sheer domination by their opponents in those defeats.
Yet Holgorsen remains confident his squad can get things back on track in the second half of the season and, with the Big 12 looking as wide open as ever, there’s no reason to think the Mountaineers can’t have more success in the second half of the season than they did in their first six games, which included losses to Baylor and Oklahoma.
Offensive MVP: Running back Charles Sims. The Houston transfer has been one of the few bright spots on offense for the Mountaineers. Sims has 97 carries for 480 yards and four touchdowns and has 19 receptions for 179 yards. He’s averaging 5.68 yards per play from scrimmage. Getting Sims the football could help spark additional success.
Defensive MVP: Safety Darwin Cook. It’s hard to watch a WVU game and not notice Cook, who is active, aggressive and dependable for the Mountaineers. He has 40 tackles, including 2.5 tackles for loss, four interceptions and one sack. If he continues to play well, he will be the anchor of the WVU secondary.