Get your mind right—it’s Black Diamond time.
Graham Harrell is the new OC in Morgantown, and he’s an Air Raid guy at heart. He was a Heisman finalist QB’ing at Texas Tech under Mike Leach, and you see a lot of those influences. WVU’s had a lot of Air Raid scheming over the years, so what they do won’t look too different from up in the stands.
One thing I noticed is that they seem to have juiced up the screen game quite a bit:
As you might’ve guessed from their success on that screen, they’re a zone-heavy team. Some of that might be a choice-by-default, since I saw pullers tripping and falling when they went to gap stuff. They aren’t heavy with option runs—from what I can tell, QB JT Daniels has one keeper on the Zone Read in three games. That said, head coach Neal Brown is on a hot seat, and if there’s a time for him to break tendencies and increase risk tolerance, it’s probably now, with WVU running a 1-2 record and having already lost their other big OOC rivalry tilt to Pitt.
As to the players, they have a lot of new starters at the skill spots, but boy do they seem the same as last year’s crew. Once again, they’ve got a speedster raising heck at wide receiver. Last year, it was Winston Wright Jr., and this year it’s Bryce Ford-Wheaton (#0) who’s doing it all:
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