For the most part, WVU is loaded and experienced for 2015. Just watch and listen to Head Coach Dana Holgorsen in all of his interviews.
For a man with his neck on the line as a head coach, Holgorsen appears to be very confident. If he does not experience substantial success this year his job as well as his head coaching career is likely over.
With 7 – 6 as your best effort in any conference, you are not going to draw much interest from A Ds looking for head coaches. But with all the returning talent on both offense and defense, this should be the Mountaineers’ year to shine in the Big 12.
But there is always the question of the unknown, this year its at QB as well as the left offensive tackle. Both positions are crucial to the success of any team and the 2015 Mountaineers are no different.
Junior Skyler Howard, 6’0″ 202 lbs, is the heir apparent at QB. His knowledge of the offense as well as his scrambling ability are two very important assets. But his completion average for 2014 was barely over 50%. A very winnable Liberty Bowl game against Texas A & M was lost due in part to Howard’s inaccuracy.
A glitch in Howard’s delivery was noticed and pointed out by senior inside receiver Jordan Thompson. Since he did so, he has reported Howard’s passing as being much improved.
One of the few unsettled positions on the offensive line is that of the left tackle. Projected as the starter is 6’5″ 312 lb r-jr Adam Pankey. Behind him is 6’6″ 306 lb r-fr Marcell Lazard. Transfer Chris Bosch becoming eligible could have a domino effect on the OL, as he will likely take a starting spot at guard.
If Howard and his personal bodyguard on the OL have a good year it could be special for WVU in the Big 12. But If either position has a mediocre year, it will likely bring the entire team down to another year of obscurity. It would also likely mean a change in head coaches.