Iowa State Shows Similarities To Recent WVU Teams
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen sees similarities, although not identical copies, of his teams of the present and recent past in the Iowa State squad of 2018.
“They are doing a lot of quarterback runs with (quarterback Brock) Purdy. They look a lot like we did two or three years ago with Skyler Howard,” Holgorsen observed. “On defense, they took the odd stack and put their own twist on it, but they play three safeties and do look a lot like what we do [in the secondary]. It’s similar to our stuff up front with their three, and they bring second level bodies. We have to be better up front.”
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Sitting at 5-0, Holgorsen sees more prime time games in West Virginia’s future.
“We are excited about a night game. We better get used to it,” he said of the 6:00 p.m. Central Time start. “We have a bunch of them ahead of us. It will be good to get into that routine. We’ll have a different type of schedule Saturday that we’ll need to get used to.”
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Holgorsen was quite impressed with the showing of Iowa State first-year quarterback Brock Purday, who lit up Oklahoma State in the Cyclones’ win last weekend. Still, he detects a bit of a mystery into what ISU will become.
“I don’t know if I’ve seen a game one performance from a freshman like that. Iowa State is searching a little bit for an identity. Some of that is due to injury. Their older players, (quarterback) Kyle Kempt and (running back) David Montgomery have had injuries, but we are expecting them to play.”