West Virginia Head Coach Dana Holgorsen Discusses Prep Work For TCU

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen discussed injuries, his team's 5-0 start and trying to scheme against Gary Patterson, who is regarded as one of the best defensive minds in college football.

Coming into Tuesday afternoon's press conference, many West Virginia fans were anxiously awaiting news on was the status of running backs Justin Crawford and Kennedy McKoy, who both sustained injuries in Saturday's win against Texas Tech. Concerned fans can breathe a sigh of relief as Dana Holgorsen said he anticipates both backs being ok to suit up against TCU and he also added that they probably could have came back into last Saturday's contest if they were needed. 

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Aside from addressing injuries Holgorsen also dived into what he anticipates seeing from the Horned Frogs in the Mountaineers' sixth game of the season. Holgorsen praised TCU's defense, stating that despite the fact that its numbers aren't as good in years past it's still a quality unit, which is something that people have come to expect from Gary Patterson coached teams. Holgorsen believes that his tackles will again be tested by a quality pass rush, but stated he was very impressed with the lines ability to protect quarterback Skyler Howard and specifically praised the play of Colton McKivitz.

Despite being known as a defense oriented coach, Gary Patterson's ball club has one of the better offenses in college football this year as the Horned Frogs average a little over 40 points per game. While Holgorsen admitted that he is glad to see Trevone Boykin gone from under center, he said that the play of Kenny Hill has impressed him and while Hill doesn't have quite the speed that Boykin has, he is still a play maker and a very effective passer. 

In addition to previewing the match-up with TCU, Holgorsen discussed keeping his team hungry and stressed the importance of not being content at 5-0. Holgorsen acknowledged that people would draw parallels between the 2012 season when West Virginia started 5-0 but dropped five of its remaining seven games and noted that this team is completely different and implied that there is more leadership to avoid such a let down.  


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