West Virginia Mountaineers: Keys To The Season, Top Game, Top Transfer, Fun Stats
West Virginia Mountaineers: Key To The 2022 Offense
Make the passing game more devastating.
This isn’t to dog the old parts at all. Former starting quarterback Jarret Doege came up with a whole lot of big games – with 19 touchdown passes 11 in the last five games of the regular season – and the mistakes were, for the most part, spread out.
JT Daniels, though, is a potentially special quarterback, especially with new offensive coordinator Graham Harrell.
Daniels cranked up the downfield passing game when he stepped in at Georgia late in 2020, but he couldn’t keep it going after getting hurt early on last year.
Expect more big runs in Harrell’s offense, most downfield passes, and a whole lot more pop. The Mountaineers are about to be more dangerous.
West Virginia Mountaineers: Key To The 2022 Defense
More sacks, more pressure, more takeaways.
There’s too much quickness on the defensive front to not be more dangerous at getting behind the line.
The Mountaineers were hardly horrible when it came to tackles for loss, but they were way too quiet with the pass rush over the second half of last year.
The entire D has to be more disruptive with the turnovers to follow. There were just four fumble recoveries, and the 13 takeaways overall weren’t enough to overcome the offensive inconsistencies.
West Virginia Mountaineers: Key Player To The 2022 Season
QB JT Daniels, Jr.
He skipped his senior year of high school to take over the USC starting quarterback job, had an okay first year, looked great in the first game as a sophomore, and then disaster struck – he injured his knee. Kedon Slovis took over, and that was is for LA.
He had a strange run at Georgia. The knee wasn’t quite 100% early, but Daniels was able to get the O rolling after taking over to seemingly set the tone for 2021. He suffered from a lat injury – and the Clemson defense in the opener – Stetson Bennett got on a roll, and …
West Virginia got a big-time passer. If he’s amazing, the team will be a player in the Big 12. He’s the big transfer, but …
West Virginia Mountaineers: Key Transfer
LB/S Jasir Cox, Sr.
The West Virginia defense is loaded with key transfers in the back 7/8, and Cox has the potential and talent to be one the biggest producers.
He’s not all that big, but the 6-1, 204-pound hybrid tackler gets all over the field with 110 tackles with three sacks, seven tackles for loss, and three interceptions and ten broken up passes over the last two seasons.
He’ll be everywhere.
West Virginia Key Game To The 2022 Season
at Pitt, Sept. 1
There will be a whole slew of wild and fun Big 12 games this season, and going to Virginia Tech will be interesting, but all eyes will be on the opener to see how the offense works.
Talk about setting a tone and getting an early attitude, this should be it.
Pitt will try to prove it can keep its offense rolling with former USC starting QB Kedon Slovis taking over, and West Virginia looking to show that it’s about to crank up a huge year with its own former USC starter under center.
West Virginia Mountaineers: 2021 Fun Stats
– Fumbles: West Virginia 23 (lost 8) – Opponents 14 (lost 5)
– Red Zone Scores: West Virginia 45-of-50 (90%) – Opponents 35-of-50 (70%)
– West Virginia 1st Quarter Scoring: 104 – 4th Quarter Scoring: 53