Does WVU Need a Different “Legg” at Kicker?

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Coming into the 2020 season, Head Coach Neal Brown has been adamant that kicker Evan Staley would turn it around after struggling in 2019. Well, after the Romney native missed a 25-yard field goal today, it appears that may not be the case. Yes, it is only the first game — and yes, he could turn around and have a phenomenal game two. But if these struggles continue, should WVU turn to their experienced backup kicker?

Casey Legg saw his first career action in 2019, and immediately had his presence felt. His 51-yard field goal was a huge contribution to the Mountaineers’ 24-20 victory over nationally-ranked Kansas State last November. He would only finish going 2-for-4, but his leg strength is certainly promising.

Once the Mountaineers reach conference play, every score counts. West Virginia absolutely has to convert on field goals — certainly ones as short as 25-yards.

I believe in Staley, and I am rooting for him to turn it around. He has been consistent before, even hitting his last 12 field goals of the 2018 season. Whether it is a mental issue, or if he is still struggling with an injury, the Mountaineers need reliability at kicker down the stretch.

It is not time for a different “Legg” yet, but if the woes continue, it is almost given a  change will happen.

 

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Clark Johnson
Clark Johnson is a Football Columnist for The Voice of West Virginia. He is a student at Concord University and is majoring in History with a minor in Political Science. He became a Mountaineer fan at 9-years old and has not missed a WVU football game since 2008. He is honored to bring new perspective and fresh content to the best fanbase in the nation!