Watch: WVU Head Coach Neal Brown Dissects the 2019 Gold-Blue Spring Football Game
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia head football coach Neal Brown was probably in agreement with about 99 percent of the other coaches conducting spring football games in assessing the play on the field.
“I think it was a typical spring game,” the straightforward head coach said. “I think there were some really good aspects on the field and some things that obviously we need to get corrected before we line up and play James Madison at the end of August. We are a work in progress.”
Brown said he was not ready to name a starting quarterback based on the performances today or through the spring, which certainly can’t be criticized.
“It’s tough to watch them all,” he said of the busy day, when he was trying to observe two different offensive teams as well as sneak a peek at the defense on occasion. “Obviously, today I had a little better view than I normally would, standing in the back. Starting with Jack (Allison), he was a little tight early. (He) missed a post ball. I thought his decision making, at times, was better than has been through the spring. (He) throws a really nice ball. We’ve got to get him not to float around in the pocket. He’s got to move up in the pocket and help his offensive linemen. I thought he made some connections downfield; maybe one that got called out that may have been in – we didn’t use replay today.
“I think Trey Lowe had some nice runs. I think if we were actually tackling the quarterback, he may have even had a couple that had broken off. I thought (Austin) Kendall did some really good things throwing the ball down the field. Again, he’s got to get the ball out of his hand faster. I think that’s the biggest thing for him. It’s been a long time since he’s played. I think that he got in a rhythm after about the third series and I thought he did some good things.”
With over 18,000 in the stands on a gorgeous spring day at Mountaineer Field, Brown felt it was a good way to wrap up spring drills.
“Fun day,” said WVU’s first-year head coach. “I thought it was an exciting weekend. I appreciate our fans for coming out. I thought it was a great atmosphere for a spring game. We had a nice crowd for our man trip. I know our players appreciated that. The fans were here early, and they stayed the entire game, which you don’t see in the spring very often. I appreciate that. Obviously, for a great cause. I enjoyed being around and having our friends from WVU children’s medicine here to start the game off. I thought that was a neat aspect. Obviously, I haven’t been a part of that before and to see those children at the start of Hoss’ Walk, which was a great event, and then to have them at the beginning of the spring game was really neat.
“We had a large group of alumni that were here, starting all day yesterday,” Brown said. “We had an event last night and carried it through pregame today, and then we had the uniform reveal. It was just a great weekend to kick start this new era. I think this is the start; we can continue to build something here and make it more of an event for the spring game.”