West Virginia 2020 Season Preview: Year Of The QB

Offensive Preview

There is no way around it, the Mountaineer offense was abysmal in 2019. Three quarterbacks had at least 25 pass attempts before Neal Brown settled in and finished the season with Jarret Doege. Now headed into 2020, the QB competition is on once again. While Doege seems to have a lead after a strong finish, Austin Kendall is still in the race.

The skill positions have a chance to really break out for West Virginia. Leddie Brown started as third on the depth chart but ended up getting the most carries in 2020. TJ Simmons and Sam James also return at receiver. James is starting to receive some national attention and Athlon put him on the second team All-Big 12 team for 2020. West Virginia needs them to come through. In 2019, the Mountaineers averaged a mere 20 PPG on offense. That won’t get the job done in the Big 12.

Furthermore, the offense needs to find a way to get the running game going. No running back averaged over 3.5 yards per carry and the rushing attack was one of the very worst in the country. Leddie Brown has the potential to be a solid back if the offensive line can get some push. The loss of now-49er, Colton McKivitz is the biggest loss, and only two starters return. However, the bright spot was how they performed in pass protection. If the Mountaineers can get the passing attack clicking, the entire offense should open up.

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