Preview and Prediction WVU vs. Delaware State
West Virginia stays on a roll and Will Grier stays hot and has another big Saturday in his second appearance at Milan Puskar Stadium.
For the second week in a row the Mountaineers are heavily favored. WVU looks to host the Delaware State Hornets on saturday. The Mountaineers wasted no time getting ahead and playing well early. The Hornets are a team that has struggled to create offense early in this season, scoring a total of 18 points in their first two games this season.
The Mountaineers as expected have said all week that they will prepare for this week like any other. After a slow start against Virginia Tech to start the season, Offensive Coordinator Jake Spavital has emphasized the importance of getting ahead early.
“I liked how we started fast. That’s the thing we emphasized with them all week is to set the tone early and let’s hit the ground running and let’s score fast. I thought they did for the most part.” Spavital said.
Spavital found himself fond of the run last week against ECU, running the ball 47 times. After producing a second consecutive 100-yard game out of Justin Crawford you can understand how, Spavital can get comfortable with putting the ball in Crawford’s hands. Look for Crawford to have his third straight 100-yard game as Delaware State has surrendered an average of 180 yards in their first two games. The Hornets are also allowing 4.1 yards per rushing attempt. The Mountaineer backfield led by Justin Crawford are averaging 216-yards a game so far.
Experimenting in the passing game is very likely in this game as well. As Marcus Simms returns for his second game, Quarterback Will Grier will give the speedster opportunities to flash his game changing speed. Although Grier and the receiving corp made major strides last week against ECU, Grier and the receiving corp will aim to build on the rapport and chemistry they have built thus far.
Another person to look for in the passing game is Sophomore Running Back Kennedy McKoy. Mckoy had spent time in the slot in training camp, and has made appearances in the first two games, but not as much as anticipated. So that will be interesting to see play out the closer we get to conference play.
The WVU defense is once again playing a Hornets offense that has not put many points on the scoreboard this season. Averaging 245.5-yards per game the Hornets have found most of their success through the passing game. Although it has not been successful led by Freshman Quarterback Jack McDaniels. The Mountaineer secondary will have their opportunities to work on technique, as Cornerback Coach Doug Belk mentioned during the week. The bright spot of the Hornet offense has been McDaniel as he is averaging 5.5 yards per pass completion. Though they may not seem like much, it is much better than the 2.5 yards the Hornets have averaged on the ground.
The Mountaineers will likely get ahead of the Hornets early, and like last week Crawford will quietly rush for 100-yards, and Grier will impress the Mountaineer fanbase in a dominating victory.
DSU Players to Watch: QB Jack McDaniels; WR Fatu Sua-Godinet