To start off his weekly press conference West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen discussed the atmosphere he is hoping to see at Mylan Puskar Stadium on Saturday. Holgorsen commended the students on requesting 12,000 tickets, which is their maximum allotment and said he anticipates a rowdy crowd with it being homecoming week and the annual stripe the stadium game as well.
After addressing the atmosphere he expects to see, he didn't take long to dive into the special teams performance and what needs to change going forward. Holgorsen did say that having Josh Lambert back from suspension should provide an immediate spark in the kicking game and that Lambert could aid on kickoffs if need be. When asked whether the abysmal special teams performance was more personnel or execution Holgorsen said all of the above and said it as a huge focus going forward against Kansas State, who has given West Virginia more than its fair share of problems on kick and punt returns in years past. Holgorsen even went so far as to say that the coaching staff has been somewhat obsessed with fixing the special teams issues leading into this week's game.
While outlining what he sees from this Kansas State ball club, Holgorsen said it looks just like every Bill Snyder coached team does in that it's fundamentally sound in all phases of the game and always ready to play. This Kansas State team features the No.1 defense in the country and Holgorsen credits the plethora of returning talent as a big reason why. On offense Holgorsen acknowledged that Kansas State had lost some players up front but said he is still impressed by the returning experience that KSU has on offense. One guy who is back this year after sustaining a season ending injury on the opening drive of the season last year is starting quarterback Jesse Ertz, who is a threat both running and passing the football.
Holgorsen also addressed some injuries in his presser, saying that Toyous Avery did not travel with the team last week due to an injury he suffered against Youngstown State but should be good to go this week. Holgorsen also added that he doesn't know if Antonio Crawford will be back after coming down with a shoulder injury against BYU, however later in the day cornerback coach Blue Adams seemed more upbeat and optimistic about the Crawford's return, but still left the door open to whether or not the senior corner will play in Saturday's game.