– DB PJ Locke is out again this week vs WVU due to his ankle. They are hopeful he’ll return for Tech.
– WR Dorian Leonard has suffered a fractured foot and will be done for the year and thus ends his career at Texas.
– LT Connor Williams “barring setback” is expected to be back for the WVU game. They are still watching him closely, especially tomorrow during full contact practice.
– LB Malik Jefferson sprained his toe vs Kansas. Nothing to see here folks.
– ILB Gary Johnson was diagnosed with a “pretty good stinger” and was practicing non-contact.
– QB Sam Ehlinger is 100% for practices this week.
– Herman was asked to give a message to the fanbase on the state of the program. After thinking for a bit he delivered this, “Where we’re at is not where we had hoped to be… In terms of the direction, I think were headed in a very, very healthy, good direction.”
– The old “has this team learned to win yet?” question came up. Herman responded that “We got to win one we’re not supposed to.”
– With Connor Williams expected to return for WVU the RT position will be Derek Kerstetter and Tristain Nickelson and Alex Okafor fighting to rotate in. Herman expressed that it will be a play it by ear situation, “I think at RT, both those guys would be in the mix in terms of Nickelson and Okafor. We’ll see how we rotate them.”
– The dust still hasn’t settled at the QB position. Herman says it’s too early to tell anything. There is no announced starter for the game in Morgantown. Says “What do we need to do to win” will dictate who starts.
– The decision to move Chris Warren to TE/HB was out of necessity to get some more physicality at that position and make sure he’s not standing on the sideline.
– Tom Herman said the secondary was inconsistent, but “there is more to the pass game than giving up yards.”
– Derek Kerstetter (7 knock down blocks and graded at 87%) and Lorenzo Joe got co-offensive players of the game. Antwaun Davis got defensive player of the game.
– Herman doesn’t feel there was a lack of carries given to freshman RB Daniel Young (21 carries).
– When asked about the usage of Sam Ehlinger, Zach Shackelford, and Toneil Carter, Herman stated, “The only one of those three with a ‘pitch count’ was Sam… The other two guys had gone through a full week of practice, so they were good.”
– West Virginia packs a punch on offense: “[Will Grier]’s the fourth leading passer in the country. He’s got some pretty talented guys around him. The Sills kid is leading the country in touchdown catches.”