WVU survived a near disastrous end to an otherwise special season.
Morgantown, WV – That was a lot closer than many of the experts expected. With only 23 seconds left, Garrett Greene connected with Jahiem White for the game-winning touchdown against the 3-9 Baylor Bears. It wasn’t pretty nor was it always fun, but it was a win. As we have learned the last five seasons, those aren’t always easy to come by.
There is a lot to unpack from the 34-31 victory, and that is exactly what I’m going to do today with my weekly five thoughts.
- Garrett Greene is a winner – I think this one is pretty obvious. Greene has easily been this team’s heart and soul. Without him, there’s no way this team gets to 8 wins. The only disappointing part is that WVU fans only get to watch him for one more season.
- Special teams needs evaluated deeply – Something has to give with WVU’s special teams – particularly kickoff coverage. Giving up two kickoff return touchdowns to the same guy is inexplicable. No, Jeff Koonz’s job shouldn’t be in jeopardy, but schematics really need to be altered.
- Changes must be made on defense – Coaching changes always carry the risk of losing players to the transfer portal, but the defense could really benefit from change. Jordan Lesley will more than likely return in 2024, but that doesn’t mean that we won’t see a change elsewhere. ShaDon Brown’s secondary has looked lost virtually all season…how about we start there?
- Preston Fox and Zach Frazier are the toughest dudes I’ve ever watched – How about those West Virginia boys? Frazier left with a “significant” lower body injury, and Fox left with an undisclosed injury that required hospitalization. Despite this, those guys battled until the very end. They are some Mountaineers if I have ever seen any.
- 2024 is going to be special – I’ll leave with this…next year could be one to remember for the Mountaineers. If the majority of the roster survives transfer portal season, there’s no reason to believe this won’t be a top 3 or 4 team in the Big 12. With this offense churning out production like it has, there aren’t many teams in the nation they can’t compete with.
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