For the first time since 2019, the West Virginia Mountaineers will hold their annual Gold-Blue spring game at Milan Puskar Stadium on Saturday afternoon. It will also be the first time in two years that they are able to finish spring camp, with most of 2020 being cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
When the Mountaineers take the field tomorrow, fans all across West Virginia will tune in to get their first glimpse of the 2021 squad. There is a lot of optimism surrounding the team, mostly due to the returning experience on the roster.
However, the conclusion of the 2020 season left fans with some questions and things they would like to see ironed out. The spring game gives the team a great opportunity to work on some of the flaws that hindered them the season prior, and it also gives fans an opportunity to witness the improvement. Each fan will have something different that they are looking out for, but we have conceived a list of what we consider to be the “ultimate wishlist” for fans while they watch tomorrow’s spring game.
- A Lot of Garrett Greene Outside of mop-up duty against Eastern Kentucky and a run against Iowa State, WVU fans haven’t had a real chance to see Garrett Greene in action. Now that he has solidified himself as second on the depth chart, at least, tomorrow will serve as a massive opportunity to turn him loose. If I were Neal Brown, I would maybe even consider putting him in a white contact jersey just so the fans can see just what his great athleticism can create. Fans deserve a teaser for the future of the program, and we deserve it in a large portion size.
- Legg, Sumpter or King….or Staley?
The kicking game has been frustrating for WVU over the last few seasons. It has been odd to see, but the Mountaineers have even seen injuries sideline kickers in that time span. Fans won’t get to see Staley tomorrow, but Casey Legg, Tyler Sumpter and Danny King will all get the chance to showcase their talents. Legg and Sumpter were solid in Staley’s absence last season, but Danny King will be the most intriguing of the prospects. The former five-star has yet to see the field, and could wow coaches and fans with his incredible leg talent tomorrow.
- The Secondary I’ll admit, I am a little concerned about our secondary. Losing Tykee Smith and Dreshun Miller to transfer will hurt, but it has to be a next man up mentality. West Virginia has some great secondary talent on its roster, and we will get to witness some of their development tomorrow. Let’s just hope that some of these younger guys are game ready by September 4th.
- The Drops Plague I’ll keep this one rather brief, but let’s just see our guys catch some damn passes, man. The drops last year were just infuriating and inexcusable. We will all be paying attention to the receivers tomorrow.
- RB 2? It’s easy to forget, but WVU lost backup running back Alec Sinkfield to transfer earlier this year. He has now earned his wings as a Golden Eagle for Boston College, and now the Mountaineers will be looking for his replacement. We shouldn’t expect to see a lot from Leddie Brown tomorrow, which is great, actually. I expect Tony Mathis and A’Varius Sparrow to carry the load, both are which are very talented backs.