It wasn’t a secret that West Virginia had an abysmal run game in 2019. The offensive line struggled, the running backs couldn’t anything. As we head into 2020 it looks like RB Leddie Brown could flip the narrative.
Emergence of Leddie Brown
Brown was a highly touted recruit out of high school. While he was a composite three star on 247 Sports, he had offers from all over the country. The Pennsylvania product had offers from Florida, Alabama and Louisville before deciding to continue his career with the Mountaineers.
Brown has limited action, but he has made impressive plays with his opportunities. His rushing stats in 2019 of 107 carries for 367 yards doesn’t jump off the page. However, he also had 17 catches for 145 yards and a touchdown. Over 500 yards of total offense as a backup behind a bad offensive line is pretty solid. Combined with the fact that he didn’t see any real action until the end of October and three of his five games were against some of the better defenses in the Big 12, Leddie Brown could be special in 2020.
The offense is also adapting as the Mountaineers enter year two under Neal Brown. The recruiting has already been improving but the QB situation seems to be figured out. Jarret Doege found his footing and had West Virginia improving during the final stretch. If Doege can keep improving, the offense should open up as defenses will respect the pass more.
Another key point is the willingness to fix the run game by the coaching staff. The offense has starters returning on the offensive line and should be another year improved. Doege should also open up the run game as previously mentioned.
The biggest piece in all of this will still be Leddie Brown. As a strong runner and competent pass catcher, he can make the offense dynamic. TJ Simmons and Sam James can make a great receiving core to pair with Brown. Simmons is a terrific run blocker and both now have a year in Neal Brown’s system.
There will still be bumps in the road and struggles in year two under Neal Brown. Despite that, Leddie Brown is primed to burst on the scene and change the offense.