Accountability Drives WVU Receiving Corps

Accountability Drives WVU Receiving Corps

MORGANTOWN, W.Va — It’s revealing, this standard to which West Virginia’s wide receivers hold themselves. That has been one of the driving forces for assistant coach Tyron Carrier during his time in the WVU program, and it might not have been displayed any better than in the Mountaineers’ 35-6 win over Kansas State.

West Virginia wide receivers coach Tyron Carrier makes a call

Oddly enough, that demonstration came during a performance that probably wasn’t among the best the group has produced over the past couple of seasons, but oft-times its how people react in the face of adversity, and not during those times of great success, that defines the values they hold most high. Thus it was that a few dropped passes and missed chances served to illustrate what drives one of the best receiving corps in the nation.

“At this point I don’t have to say anything,” Carrier said following the game. “They hold themselves to a certain standard. Look at Gary (Jennings). He’s almost teary-eyed because he dropped that ball. Look at T.J. Simmons He was frustrated. Marcus (Simms) was frustrated. In this offense you’ll get another opportunity. When it does come your way you have to make sure you seize that moment.”

It should be made clear at this point that by no means did the Mountaineer receivers have a bad day overall. Five touchdown receptions, including deep strikes of 82 and 56 yards that are part of a 356-yard day, do not add up to a poor performance. However, it was that smallish handful of drops and mistakes that resonated, and in fact, probably pushed, the group to better their play as the game progressed.

It can be easy to fall into the trap of ‘Well, this is just going to be one of those days’, and slack off a bit. That this did not occur against Kansas State is a great testament to how well Carrier has been able to instill his message of accountability.

“I try to build off the group I played with,” said Carrier, who was the alpha in a talented receiving group at the University of Houston, where he caught 320 passes for 3,493 yards and 22 touchdowns during a stellar career. “We loved each other, and all of us talk to this day. These guys [at West Virginia] are really special, almost better, if not better than where we were.”

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Whatever lingering bad feelings that remained were erased in the third quarter, when Tevin Bush got loose down the visitor’s sideline, snared a pass from Will Grier and raced into the end zone. The first scoring catch of Bush’s career came at the “expense” of David Sills, who was out for a breather on the play.

That play ironically capped a week of practice in which Carrier had joked with Sills about just that scenario.

“I messed with David the whole week about plays that we thought would be good, and I told him we were going to take him out on every last one of them,” Carrier said with amusement.  “It just so happened that the first one I took him out on Tevin scored. [David] looked at me and shot up the field to celebrate with Tevin. It was a funny joke.”

Sills, of course, understood it was simply a luck of the draw situation, but did admit he was anticipating getting a good result from the play.

“It was something I was looking forward to, but it was really great to see Tevin get into the end zone. When he came to the sideline he had the biggest smile on his face. It was big for him, and it’s good to see him get in and roll into the end zone.”

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    I called the TD pass to Simms when I saw the two teams line up before the snap to my sister and his golfing partner. He was one on one with the defender and no other defenders were without 10 yards of either before the snap. Grier saw it, too, of course, because he’s a whole lot smarter than me about such things.

    I also saw another TD pass when there were 3 WVU receivers lined up on the left sideline right in front of our 40 yard line seats and only 2 Kansas State defenders. There’s no way that 2 can cover 3 of our receivers. And Grier, as usual, picked out the uncovered receiver within the 3-second clock in his head for the score.

    I have never seen a Kansas State team come so unhinged in all the years WVU has been in the Big 12, against the Mountaineers or any other Big 12 team. Calmness, routine doing their job is a hallmark of Bill Snyder teams. It was remarkable to see the unraveling. Grier will do that to a lot of teams. While our rushing was below par, there will be days that the defense seeing Grier at QB will make them forget to cover the runs.

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    We had way too many dropped passes. Can’t do this against good teams.


    Jennings dropping the TD pass was shocking. He catches virtually everything possible but was awfully casual with his effort on that one.

    Sills had an easy catch drop as well. Very unusual for those guys.

    Wesco’s, while it should have been caught, was a relatively tough catch.


    Those drops along with 3 int’s and a fumble won’t get us a W in the rest of the games except maybe Kansas.

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