Is WVU Really a Run First Team?

WVU Head Coach Dana Holgorsen keeps calling WVU a ‘Run First Team’. Let us look at the statistics for this season that are published at www.cfbstats.com.

Passing:

Name                   Att         Comp      Pct       Yards     Yards/Att         TD          Rating

Skyler Howard    188             111          59         1566           8.3                  15           148.96

William Crest       15               8            53.3       53                3.5                   0             83.01

Total                    203            119          58.6       1619            8.0                 15           144.08

Receiving:

Name Att Yards Avg TD
1 Shelton Gibson 23 540 23.48 6
2 Jovon Durante 18 264 14.67 3
3 Daikiel Shorts Jr. 19 234 12.32 2
4 Jordan Thompson 11 176 16 0
5 Wendell Smallwood 18 106 5.89 0
6 David Sills 2 64 32 1
7 Rushel Shell 6 54 9 0
8 Devonte Mathis 6 47 7.83 0
9 Ka’Raun White 2 40 20 0
10 Gary Jennings 4 28 7 0
11 Jacky Marcellus 1 23 23 0
12 Elijah Wellman 3 14 4.67 2
13 William Crest Jr. 2 13 6.5 0
14 Donte Thomas-Williams 1 7 7 0
15 KJ Myers 1 7 7 0
16 Cody Clay 1 6 6 1
17 Stone Underwood 1 -4 -4 0
Total 119 1619 13.61 15

 

Rushing:

Name Att Yards Avg TD
1 Wendell Smallwood 101 678 6.71 5
2 Rushel Shell 88 312 3.55 3
3 Skyler Howard 77 189 2.45 2
4 William Crest Jr. 15 51 3.4 1
5 Donte Thomas-Williams 14 43 3.07 0
6 Jacky Marcellus 4 13 3.25 0
7 Nick O’Toole 1 13 13 0
8 Team 2 -5 -2.5 0
Total 302 1294 4.28 11

 

When I look at these stats, I’m wondering where the ‘run first’ comes from. Is it because it has a starting QB who lacks accuracy? Or is it because of the efforts of Wendell Smallwood? Maybe WVU is a ‘run Smallwood’ first team.

Smallwood won’t be around next season, so will WVU become a ‘pass first’ team again? Smallwood is currently the only productive running back playing.

If you look at the top 6 receivers you see some really good numbers, but Jordon Thompson and Wendell Smallwood will no longer be on this list next year for they are both seniors.

So in your opinion, is WVU truly a ‘run first’ team?

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