Morgantown, West Virginia – The West Virginia Mountaineers have the ultimate opportunity this Saturday against the #4 ranked Oklahoma Sooners, a team that has struggled to live up to their ranking through their first three games.
Beating Oklahoma in Norman is always difficult, but the Mountaineers have a secret weapon who has not truly been unleashed yet this season.
Winston “Showtime Jet” Wright. Wright, a junior wide receiver, has already established himself as the top kickoff returner in college football, averaging an insane, nation’s best 51.2 yards per return. Now, it’s time to make Wright the focal point of the West Virginia offense.
Wright, who only had 1 reception for 6 yards last game against Virginia Tech, must touch the ball far more often against Oklahoma. Ideally, Wright would have his hands on the ball a minimum of 15 times in a variety of ways this Saturday.
Reverses, hand-offs out of the backfield, short passes, screen passes, mid-range passes, deep, downfield bombs, Wright needs to have his hands on the ball.
Back in 2012, Tavon Austin set a school record with 344 yards rushing on 21 carries (16. yards per carry), 4 catches for 82 yards, 8 kick returns for 146 yards to give him 572 all-purpose yards when the Mountaineers put him in the backfield. Why not do the very same thing with Winston Wright?
Wright has 10 receptions for 107 yards so far this season. He should have that in one game. Wright is the type of game-changer who can expose a relatively average Oklahoma defense. Remember, this is the same Sooners’ defense that gave up 35 points in the season opener at home against Tulane.
Although Wright has not been used enough or properly in the offense through the first three games of the season, if Neal Brown wants to get a major upset and a real signature win, he will put the ball in Winston Wright’s hands and let him take the game over.
— PFF College (@PFF_College) September 11, 2021