MORGANTOWN, W. Va. -- Skyler Howard might have won the quarterback battle this Spring, but it is a long road until the first game of the 2015 season. Saturday, Howard finished the game 9-for-22 with 121-yards. Forty-eight of those yards came on one play to Shelton Gibson down the sideline, but otherwise the passing game was stifled, as Howard did not finish with a touchdown. It was not a great showing for the offense, only producing one touchdown all day. Here are Howard's thoughts on William Crest, the Gold-Blue game, and the offense's continuity.
Shelton Gibson has battled some drops through his WVU career, but improved in that area over the past couple of weeks. On the second drive for the first-team offense, Gibson beat the coverage and made a nice catch over the shoulder to put the ball on the 1-yard line. Late in the third quarter, Gibson dropped a could-have-been touchdown pass from Crest. It was a tough catch to make in tight coverage, but a catch that needed to be made. He did finish the day with 84 yards on four catches.
Of the wide receivers on WVU's roster, Daikiel Shorts is one of the most proven. His production slipped from his first to second season; averaging almost 20-yards less per game. But his average per catch increased almost four yards. Shorts finished the day with 29-yards from three catches.