West Virginia Head Coach Dana Holgorsen Outlines Challenges of Facing Texas Tech

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - On Tuesday Dana Holgorsen met with members of the media to discuss West Virginia's upcoming match-up with Texas Tech.

Perhaps the biggest news coming out of Dana Holgorsen's weekly press conference was the news of Josh Lambert's departure. Rumors of Lambert leaving the team had been swirling around the West Virginia program for the last week and Holgorsen confirmed the rumors in his opening remarks saying that Mike Molina would take on kickoff duties full-time and he wished Lambert the best going forward. Lambert, who had made several big field goals in his Mountaineer career, had been suspended for the first three games of WVU's season before going 1-of-2 on field goals against Kansas State.

Holgorsen also addressed some of the injuries the Mountaineers have seen, specifically in the secondary, saying Antonio Crawford and Toyous Avery should be ready to go, but it sounded as if Avery was the more game ready of the two. Depth in the secondary will prove to be immensely important in Saturday's game as Texas Tech boasts the No.1 passing offense in the country. Holgorsen made note that the offense will have to score more points in Saturday's contest than it has previously in the season if the team hopes to remain undefeated. When asked how the Mountaineers can specifically do that, Holgorsen said it's just a matter of putting the ball in the end zone.

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On the defensive side of the ball Holgorsen said Tech has come a long way from where it was last year and says the progress is pretty easy to see on film. Holgorsen praised TTU defensive coordinator David Gibbs and made note that although Tech is still relatively young on defense, the players are making the right plays. While Holgorsen has seen improvement from the unit, Red Raider fans still probably want to see more as Texas Tech is giving up 445 yards of total offense per game.

Holgorsen was also asked whether or not Rushel Shell would remain the starting back despite the emergence of Justin Crawford and said nothing has changed there, citing Shell's leadership as the reason why he will remain the starter. Holgorsen did say that the Mountaineers will continue to get Crawford a lot of touches though and said he has been very pleased with the junior college transfer to this point in the season.


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