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The complete inability to run is the most disheartening aspect to this team. We have solid to very good backs but they have little or no chance.
If the injury to Kendall is serious (torn pec) then I don’t see why we don’t try both Lowe and Allison. I guess Doege is out of the question at this point or at least it would seem. Regardless who is taking snaps the offensive line has to step up to at least mediocre play if we have any chance going forward.
Cant ask such a young/depleted defense to play that many snaps and expect anything other than what happened today. They can’t hold up with the offense going 3 and out and turning it over.
Tough deal for D! I was hoping our O could establish a Run game.
I will say that Allison seems to have improved under this staff, but I still can’t see him as the answer if Kendall is out for extended games. I would really like to see Lowe given the opportunity. I think with his better mobility, he could help with the run game and perhaps cause us to see more man coverage by opposing defenses.
The run game is very disappointing and I agree with Mex that we have good backs that are being prevented from contributing due to inconsistent line play.
I’m certainly open to all options here, but I’m not sure how playing Lowe helps the run game. If WVU’s backs, who are talented, can’t gain yardage behind this line, why should Lowe be expected to?
WVU’s o-line does pass block well. So, I thinkyou have to try to ride that. Trey throws a nice-looking ball, but Allisonis better with accuracy and decison-making.
That said, I’m not against Lowe playing some. Maybe he can scramble and make some guys miss. I don’t like getting into the ‘Hey, try anything’ mode, because I think that can lead to some panic or desperation that can trickle down to players, and I don’t want to upset the teaching and building process. There are so many guys hurt that I don’t see a whole lot of options.
Lowe gives the defense another potential ball carrier to account for. Zone read plays have the added dimension of the QB keep, RPOs take on an additional complexity with a QB keep to go along with the pass or the RB run, and the basic roll out or sprint out passes take on another possibly with it just becoming a QB sweep.
There is much to be said in today’s game in favor of a QB that is a dual threat.