WVU’s Reese Donahue: Bowl Games Matter

WVU’s Reese Donahue: Bowl Games Matter


MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Don’t tell Reese Donahue bowl games don’t matter.

The Mountain State native, always a go-to player for straight talk, was at his forceful best in discussing his approach to the Camping World Bowl, which admittedly isn’t on the national interest level of a New Year’s Six contest. That doesn’t enter into the equation for anyone who takes the game as seriously as he does, though.

West Virginia defensive lineman Reese Donahue

“Anybody who says bowl games don’t matter … I don’t know who they are or what they think,” he said, dismissing the narrative held by some that only the top four or five contests are important. “I just had a conversation with somebody about it propelling us to the next season. You go back to that (2015) Cactus Bowl win, it propelled us into the 2016 season, and that was a 10-3 year. Anytime you have a bowl win, it propels you into the next season.  Bowl games absolutely do matter.”

Donahue was not throwing shade on those West Virginia players who have elected not to play in the game. He, like many, takes an objective view of their individual decisions, and supports them. However, he’s not listening to any of what he considers nonsense about the game itself being meaningless.

“Everybody that is here wants to be here,” the defensive line mainstay continued. “Nobody is making them be here. What better thing to do than to go down to a nice venue and play a really good team?  This is a great opportunity. These are games you dream about playing in. I think the mood on the team is very high. I think everyone is very focused.”

Donahue’s comments echoed those of many other West Virginia players, who reconvened for a couple of practices before finals last week offered a break. The Mountaineers had a full practice schedule this week, then will disperse home for another short break before reassembling in Orlando for practices beginning Dec. 24.

“It’s a really good opportunity for us to get our bodies back,” Donahue said. “Plus, it’s really good to get away mentally. One big thing is – and people don’t realize it – even though the season isn’t here and you guys don’t see us, we definitely see each other. So, we’re here for finals, we’re here for school, and we’re here for football. Just because it’s time off, it doesn’t mean it’s time off. There’s really no off-season if you want to be great. That’s what I feel like we’re striving for, and one day, we’re going to be great just because of the way that we work and the way that we’re putting all of the effort and time in.”

Donahue hopes that begins with a win over Syracuse, which is an opponent he grew up watching WVU compete against.

“It’s really exciting. The Virginia Tech game, that was exciting, and I wish I was going to be around for the Pitt battle, but ultimately it comes down to winning. It doesn’t matter who we play, where we play or when we play. It’s one of those games that I think I’ll look back on and enjoy more, but in the moment it’s all about winning.

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    WVU’s Reese Donahue: Bowl Games Matter MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Don’t tell Reese Donahue bowl games don’t matter. The Mountain State native, always a go-t
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    #77504

    Syracuse v. WV jv just isn’t inning in the same way as it would have been. I will watch if I don’t have something else to do. Just too much of a let down from what might have been with one more score in the last two games.

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    GD spell check! Tried to type inticing instead of inning

    #77510

    Syracuse v. WV jv just isn’t inning in the same way as it would have been. I will watch if I don’t have something else to do. Just too much of a let down from what might have been with one more score in the last two games.

    This attitude, which probably reflects the views of a majority of WVU fans, astounds me. We are playing an old rival, a member of the ACC that looks down its nose at us as a bunch of hillbillies that are unworthy of them, and a team that humiliated us in the Pinstripe Bowl, and you don’t care. God help us all.

    #77511

    I’ll have to echo CC’s sentiments. I’ll probably watch although not the priority it once may have been. I’ll want them to win but definitely won’t be expecting them to, and will be disappointed if they do lose. I’m glad it matters to Donahue but does the rest of the team share his views? We know the “team” players might except for 2 for sure, I wish them luck against the ‘Cuse

    #77517

    Just finished watching some happy Marshall players and coaches laughing and celebrating in Florida tonight. Somehow or other these guys seem to think that winning a bowl game is meaningful. It did look like fun. Wonder how much fun we’re going to have in our meaningless bowl game a week from tomorrow?

    #77533

    All of the players I asked said it absolutely matters, and several gave me the look as if to say “How oculd you even ask that?”

    No, I don’t get to talk to every player. And there may be the PC answer being given by one or two. But when I look David Long, or David Sills or Trevon Wesco on the eye and they give me these positive answers unflinchingly, I see zero reason to doubt them.

    #77549

    They should care. I sat out in the snow at Yankee Stadium and watched a group of guys who didn’t seem to care (except for a few). It was an ugly way to end a season. A victory next Friday would be a nice way to end what I see as a successful season.

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    JAL

    All I know from playing games just to play, always mattered and wanted to win just for personal satisfaction. If you do not care you should not play. I am sure the game matters to the players.

    #78026

    How can you not root for Reese Donahue and the WVU football players that are at the Bowl. They want to be there and they all feel its meaningful. Thanks to them for competing and representing WVU. Time to tuck the talk of meaningless games away. The games mean something to someone and that is all that matters.

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