The West Virginia Offense had its fair share of problems in 2019. For all of the inconsistent play, one glaring issue stuck out. The run game wasn’t just bad by West Virginia standards, it was one of the worst in the country. Now in year two of the Neal Brown era, they look to get the run game back on track.
Fixing The Run Game
There are going to be obvious growing pains when a coach is in his first season. Neal Brown was no different and the Mountaineers also lost a ton of talent to the NFL. But year two sounds to have a promising start.
“I have been shaking my head since the end of the season with those numbers,” running backs coach and co-offensive coordinator Chad Scott said. “The only way we can go is up. I feel like the guys in the first two days (of spring practice) played fast and played with more confidence. They were a little more sure of themselves. “The chemistry built with those guys and the offensive line working together throughout the winter. We have only been here a year but compared to the offseason we had last year to where they are now, I thought we jelled together better.”Via WVMetroNews
Finishing ranked 128th out of 130 in rushing offense does have one positive. there is almost nowhere to go but up. The offensive line loses their stud from 2019 in Colton McKivitz, but they still return plenty of experience. Leddie Brown looks to be the projected starter as he is the leading returning rusher. Brown finished last season with 367 yards and one touchdown.
For all the optimism, West Virginia needs to get their QB situation sorted. Doege looked like the answer down the stretch with some play. However, the West Virginia offense needs Doege to take a step forward. Improved QB play. While Doege doesn’t have to shoulder the load himself, building off 2019 will go a long way to open running lanes and bring more balance and consistency to the offense.
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