Looking back on last year, West Virginia Mountaineers head coach Dana Holgorsen sees the problems that were encountered down the stretch. Holgorsen says the high competition level of the Big 12 was a part of the problem, but that’s unacceptable for Mountaineer fans. These fans expect the absolute best from their team, just like every other fan. This statement can be seen as a cop out. Dana Holgorsen goes on to attribute the seasons problems to “defensive deficiencies” and not having Steadman Bailey around to be a security blanket for QB Geno Smith. Another reason, according to Holgorsen, is that the offense was just “average”.
Losing Geno Smith, Tavon Austin and Steadman Bailey for this season gives the Mountaineers a loss of 23,000 career yards but Holgorsen states that the game plan will not change and that the team will play like they always have. He also states that after the disappointing second half of last season, it was never discussed in the locker room or with anyone on the staff. The first team meeting consisted of a discussion of changing for the better but last season was never brought up.
Dana Holgorsen admits that there are still too many unknown factors with the new breed of players on the West Virginia Mountaineers to be able to say who will be the guys to step up and make plays. He has stated that last years failed second half was attributed to the inability of the defense to get to the QB and force turnovers.
These are are problems that the Mountaineers have recognized and are actively working on improving for this season.