Next Up: National Signing on February 5th, 2014
The triple overtime game in itís self is simply not worth commenting on and I am quite certain nobody is interested in reliving that horror. When you blow a 24 point 2nd half lead to a 2-9 football team there simply is no excuse worth even mentioning. This season was especially troublesome as there are very few positives to take away into the off season. All the injury issues aside the defense showed little improvement over the disastrous 2012 defense that ranked 115th of 117 teams. Offensively there were flashes of great play for a quarter at a time from game to game but no consistent offensive production other than Charles Sims 1095 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns and of course we only had the senior transfer from Houston for this season. The hope is that Pennsylvania high school legend and Pittsburgh transfer Rushel Shell will work similar magic in Morgantown.
Actually the running game appears to have the best depth in several years with Shell coming in and Dreamius Smith and Wendell Smallwood returning and the returning receivers also have shown degrees of explosive ability, particularly Mario Alford. Kevin White, Jordon Thompson, Daikel Shorts and even Ronald Carswell have shown to be legitimate division one talent. And though there are a couple of graduations on the offensive line there are enough players that have seen significant action to solidify the line.
However next season the Mountaineer offense will have the same quarterback issues they had this season. The 3 headed monster of Clint Tricket, Paul Millard and Ford Childress all return for what that is worth. I do not believe Paul Millard to be a division one quarterback and I donít believe Ford Childress to be durable enough to play quarterback in the Big 12. This leaves us with Clint Tricket and incoming freshman William Crest from Dunbar high school in Maryland. Crest is thought to be a solid prospect but very few true freshman quarterbacks are ready to play in the Big 12.
Clint Tricket could very well benefit greatly from being through an offseason in Morgantown taking part in spring practice and another fall practice. He could develop into a winning quarterback in his senior season or at least a serviceable game manager that will limit his mistakes enough to win games.
I once again enjoyed covering the Mountaineers games on this site as I have since the 2000 season and look forward to the next important dates in college football. Although it was a tough season with a lot of disapointments it was still Mountaineer Football and that is always worth it. Now we look toward the next important dates in College Football. National signing day is just a couple of months away on February 5th, 2014. Then a couple more months after that and it will be time for the Spring Game in Morgantown.
Better days are coming Mountaineers, better days are coming.
USA Today Coaches Poll
|Game Date||Game Time||Opponent||Televised||Game Score|
|08/31/13||Noon||William & Mary||Fox Sports1||West Virginia 24|
W & M 17
|09/07/13||07:00 pm||at Oklahoma||Fox||West Virginia
#14 Oklahoma 16
Georgia St 7
|09/21/13||3:30 pm||Maryland (at Baltimore MD)||ESPNU||West
(Gold Rush Game)
#11 Oklahoma St 21
|10/05/13||8:00 PM||at Baylor
||FOXSports 1||West Virginia
|FOXSports 1||West Virginia
Texas Tech 37
|10/26/13||3:45 PM||at Kansas State||FOXSports1||West Virginia 12|
Kansas St 35
|11/02/13||3:30 PM||at TCU||ESPNU||West Virginia 30
|11/16/13||Noon||at Kansas||FOXSports 1||West Virginia 19|
|11/29/13||4:00 PM||Iowa state
Iowa St 52