Did the Swag Disappear Today?
Although the Mountaineers dominated, they struggled at times and it was visible.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The West Virginia Mountaineers did not play up to par on Saturday. Though 59-16, is dominating, there were more things that went wrong for WVU than Offensive Coordinator Jake Spavital would have liked. Specifically, the offenses demeanor on Saturday.
There was a trend of bad body language amongst the Mountaineers on Saturday afternoon. We saw WR David Sills V hang his head on two dropped passes, one which would have been a touchdown for the Mountaineers. Another example; on Quarterback Will Grier’s 62-yard touchdown pass to wide out Marcus Simms, Grier did not celebrate, grin, nothing. Grier noticed his accomplishment and headed straight for the bench. Not sure if that is a ‘I’m here for business’ mentality’ or negative body language, but it was not the Grier we had seen the first two weeks of the season.
“I thought emotionally we were really sluggish at the beginning of the game,” Coach Spavital said. “We were pretty lazy at times in terms of focusing on the little things’ Spavital concluded. That was the vibe the entire game, the Mountaineers after taking a 10-7 lead midway through the first quarter, and there was still a lack of excitement on the sideline and field.
Whether that has to do with the opponent, who knows, but this was not the same team that took the field two weeks prior and Coach Spavital noticed all of the little things he says his team was not focused on.
“You can see it with the bad snaps, the dropped snaps and dropped balls” but that does not mean it was all bad, Coach Spavital does see the positive in games and situations like this. “I think there are a lot of positives that you can take out of this, a lot of teaching that can go on” Spavital said.
No it is not the end of the world and there is no reason to expect the Mountaineers to come out that sluggish again, but there is still a lack of impact from backup players.
You can understand the idea of players coming out sluggish or having an off day, but it does not help when your back up’s are not playing any better. Head Coach Dana Holgorsen and Coach Spavital have been begging since training camp to get more production out of his backup players. Specifically at wide receiver. This weekend did not help give the coaching staff confidence.
You can imagine that the sluggish demeanor from the team can rub off on other players, but it almost seems like the lack of confidence in some players is rubbing off on coaches.
“We still have to develop these two’s, we are still not comfortable with putting any of the backups in the game right now” Spavital said, but does not mean it is never going to happen “We are eventually going to get there, but it is a long season.”
Right now the Mountaineers have some improving to do on the field as far as catching the ball and making tackles, but it seems like the Mountaineers are going to have to check their confidence and demeanor as Big 12 play kicks off next week in Kansas.