By Jay Fisher
WVU has two games under its belt for the football season. The first was a loss to a Top 20 team (Virginia Tech), which literally came down to the final play. The second has a blowout win over a hapless team (East Carolina).
It’s dangerous to draw too many hard conclusions from one game. Two games isn’t easy, but you can start to see trends. First, the positives: Will Grier looks to be as good as advertised. The first half against Virginia Tech was a little shaky at times, which would not be surprising, given that it was his first action in nearly two years. Since then, he’s been on fire. He ended up 31-53 for 371 yards with 3 TD’s and 1 interception against the Hokies. Last week, he had 352 yards on 19-25 passing with 5 TD’s and no interceptions. He has shown accuracy, the ability to throw deep, and he seems to be doing a good job of finding open receivers.
The running backs have also looked pretty solid. Justin Crawford is averaging 8 yards per carry, and Kennedy Mckoy is at 5.5 yards. Martell Pettaway has been the third running back and has looked good as well. As far as receivers go, the first set have been excellent, but the next wave will need to step up. David Sills, Gary Jennings, Ka’Raun White, and Marcus Simms (back after missing the VPI game) have all had good moments. Ricky Rogers and Reggie Roberson showed some good flashes during the East Carolina game. There have been a few too many drops, but overall, the receivers are doing what they need to.
The offensive line has been a pleasant surprise. Against a good Hokie defense, they were able to do a pretty good job of protecting Grier and handling the line of scrimmage on runs. They didn’t win every battle, but that is about the quality of the VPI defensive line. They won the battle against East Carolina, and were able to rotate in several backups without a drop in performance.