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Three Questions with BlueGoldNews's Kevin Kinder

BearsIllustrated sat down with Kevin Kinder of BlueGoldNews to get the latest on West Virginia football.

Skyler Howard has been one of the most improved players in the Big 12, what do you lend that to?

-Howard's decision making and improved accuracy (at times) are the two biggest reasons for his move up the passing charts. He has never been able to win over all of WVU's fans, and that, combined with the numerous good QBs in the Big 12, have led to the perception in some quarters that he's just average. That's not a sound judgment, as he will finish as WVU's #3 all-time player in total offense.
In 2016, he hasn't forced the ball and has checked down very well. That has pushed his completion rate to 63%, with more yards and extended drives flowing from that.

What is shaping up at the running back position with injuries and the recent removal of a redshirt?

- WVU is blessed with four running backs on the roster that are all legitimate Big 12 rushers. Had any one been healthy or available all year, that individual would be competing for league rushing honors. Each has gained 100 yards in at least one game this year, and like Baylor's stable it doesn't really matter who is on the field.
Look for Martell Pettaway first this week, with Justin Crawford and Kennedy McKoy hoping to more effective after suffering repeated nicks the past few weeks. Rushell Shell remains questionable with a high ankle sprain.

Has this season been what you expected it to be for the Mountaineers?

-It has exceeded expectations. WVU had to totally rebuild its back eight on defense after graduation and early NFL entry decimated the starting ranks, but defensive coordinator Tony Gibson has put together one of the best units in the league. The offense has continued to blossom, and is poised to set the WVU single-season record for total offense. Most predictors saw an 8-4 record at best with a mid-pack league finish, so the potential for ten regular season wins and third pace in the Big 12 is well over the bar. 

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