Jennings Believes The Sky Is The Limit For Next Year’s WVU Offense

Jennings Believes The Sky Is The Limit For Next Year’s WVU Offense


DALLAS – Gary Jennings had 17 receptions for 282 yards in his first two seasons combined.

In his junior season, he had that many catches in the first two games, and before the year was over, he totaled 95 grabs for 1,072 yards.

Gary Jennings

He is just the fifth Mountaineer ever to cross the 90-catch barrier, and his season yardage total is sixth in school history.

Yet down the stretch, with their triggerman Will Grier sidelined by a hand injury, Jennings and the WVU offense sputtered.

The final collapse came in the 30-14 loss to Utah in the Heart of Dallas Bowl. Jennings was West Virginia’s leading receiver against the Utes, though he hauled in just three passes for 66 yards. His 38-yarder late in the contest set up WVU’s only touchdown of the day.

“It’s tough to end the season this way, but it a learning experience as well,” explained the Stafford, Va., native. “It’s something we can use next year.”

Moments after the loss to Utah, the 6-foot-1 junior quickly turned his attention to 2018.

“Starting Jan. 9 when we come back (for the start of the spring semester), we’re going to be working very hard,” said Jennings, who was a second-team all-Big 12 selection. “We’ve got a lot of potential, but potential will only take you so far. We have to put in the work if we want to reach our goals.

“We need to become more consistent in moving the chain, and not stalling out. We have to stick together through the tough times. I thought we did that the majority of the time, but we have to do it all the time.”

Though he was a relatively small piece of WVU’s offense in his first two years, his breakout season didn’t surprise him.

“I knew I was capable from the moment I came in,” Jennings said. “I knew I was able to handle the load.”

Now he wants to pass his knowledge along to those behind him.

“One thing I really want to concentrate on this coming year is working with the young guys who are coming in and getting them on the same page as us, so there is no drop off when they come in the game.”

And with Grier returning, along with seven other offensive starters, Jennings believes the potential for WVU’s 2018 offense is high.

“We can still get a ton better,” noted the junior receiver. “The sky is the limit.”

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    Greg Hunter
    Greg Hunter
    Muskets:

    Jennings Believes The Sky Is The Limit For Next Year’s WVU Offense DALLAS – Gary Jennings had 17 receptions for 282 yards in his first two seasons com
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    #43277
    Shepherdstown
    Shepherdstown
    Muskets:
    Rank: All-American

    I, for one, refuses to believe that this team will not recover from this game and not excell next year.

    One game, especially a bowl game, does not need to carry over to the next season other than as one where experience is obtained, extra work is beneficial to the reserves, and a resolve to do better.

    We can point to many areas where the performance in yesterday’s game were deficient and evan dispiriting, but if we are where we think we were this year the team will build on the experience and go even further than what we expected this year.

    #43300
    Butlereer
    Butlereer
    Muskets:
    Rank: Heisman Winner

    Next year will be the deepest, most experienced O that we’ve seen in a long time.
    QB — Grier, Allison, Isreal, Chugs, Lowe
    RB — McCoy, Pettaway, Bush, Brown
    WR — Sills, Jennings, Rogers, Simms,
    OL — Cajuste, Johes, Sills, Wickline, Hardy, Jones

    Add to these the FR/So’s and incoming FR and we will be much better on O than last year.

    #43310
    DrJohn
    DrJohn
    Muskets:
    Rank: Freshman

    Next year will be the deepest, most experienced O that we’ve seen in a long time.
    QB — Grier, Allison, Isreal, Chugs, Lowe
    RB — McCoy, Pettaway, Bush, Brown
    WR — Sills, Jennings, Rogers, Simms,
    OL — Cajuste, Johes, Sills, Wickline, Hardy, Jones

    Add to these the FR/So’s and incoming FR and we will be much better on O than last year.

    There is always hope.

    #43484

    court reporter
    Muskets:
    Rank: Redshirt

    I know that Jennings and the rest will be okay with Grier. But as far as running the football on a consistent basis, I really have doubts in that. Not with the Scheme that we run, that Zone blocking sucks with the size of our O-Linemen. We need to take the Alabama approach and put a hat on a hat and blow forward with a push. Not try to get into an area before some linebacker or d-lineman does. Our guys are not quick enough for that type of scheme.

    #43498
    Butlereer
    Butlereer
    Muskets:
    Rank: Heisman Winner

    OL is still the worry. 3 leaving at this time. 3 coming in. We need at least 5 in each of the next 3 classes to get the numbers up to where they belong. 18 schollie players is the minimum for many of the perennial top 15 teams. We have a long way to go. It would be different if we recruited 4* & 5* OL that could play in a year. But our guys need a few years to get stronger and learn the position at this level.

    It all starts up front.

    #43499

    Kevin Moss
    Muskets:
    Rank: Junior

    I totally agree with all that but can our Defense step up?

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