2015 will be Holgorsen’s 5th season as head coach of the WVU Mountaineers. There are those that believe that if the football team does not show further improvement it could be his last season. All the players on the 2015 football team will be players recruited by Holgorsen and his staff.
During Holgorsen’s first 4-years WVU fans have seen no ‘hard counts’ by quarterbacks, a mediocre running game, no routes designed to help receivers get separation from defenders, no blocking to set-up punt returns, and no trickery in plays.
WVU must establish some semblance of a return game. I actually felt sorry the punt returns for they always had defenders in their faces. While the returners have to take part of the blame, they were put in their situation due to a lack of blocking.
The fans blame the offensive line for lack of a running game. However, the offensive line isn’t entirely to blame as the running backs did little to help their cause. A back that can run with power and determination would greatly help the offensive line.
Fans want to see performance in the red-zone significantly improved. One of the best ways to increase red-zone success is to not just have a reliable running game, but a power running game.
WVU needs a back that who will lift his feet, drive forward using his pads, and is willing to take on defenders. He must have the size and strength to run over a linebacker instead of simply dancing around the backfield.
A back that runs with fierce determination would be a much needed asset.
The defense must do a better job at getting pressure on quarterbacks and containing them, and they must be do a much better job at creating turnovers.
What many WVU fans want to see is a football team that is as exciting as Oregon. A team that can run a spread offense with Oregon tempo. In 2015, Holgorsen and his staff must show improvement in the areas mentioned, as well as some creativity with play design and calling.