Mountaineers Head Coach Dana Holgorsen addressed the members of the West Virginia media ahead of next week’s Heart of Dallas Bowl game versus the Utah Utes. Coach Holgorsen was optimistic and excited as the team counts down the days toward the bowl challenge.
“I’m excited about Utah, and I’m excited about finishing up work here today and tomorrow morning and then going down to Dallas,” remarked the head coach, “Dallas is kind of the Big 12 headquarters…It’s where we want to be able to stay and play in a championship game there at some point, hopefully next year.”
Coach Holgorsen spoke highly of Utah’s Head Coach Kyle Whittingham and the work he has put into the Utes program since taking over following Urban Meyer’s departure. Whittingham has been 10-1 in bowl games over the last 13 years, posing a sort of up hill battle for the Mountaineers.
“Whatever they are doing during bowl games, I’m probably going to try to corner him and figure it out once this thing is all over with,” Holgorsen joker. “They have done a great job with their program.”
Holgorsen was asked about the relationship between the receivers and Chris Chugunov over the last several weeks and the coach spoke with confidence on the progress he has seen.
“I think the timing with Chris and the receivers is naturally going to be better after five weeks,” Holgorsen said. “The run game won’t change a lot. I have some other ideas. I’m obviously not going to tell you, but I have some other ideas and some different things we can do.”
Coach Holgorsen sounds confident in the offense’s progress on the heels of Will Grier’s season-ending injury which lead to Chugunov taking the helm for the offense.
Coach Holgorsen was questioned as to what the bowl game will mean for the team, will the outcome be a sendoff for the seniors or a spring board for spring, or possibly a combination of bowl. Holgorsen’s reply was filled with his usual dry sense of humor.
“I’ll tell you at 4 p.m. on December 26. If we can do the second part of that,” Holgorsen said. “It’s going to be a hard game to win. I’ll you right now, Utah is good. If you look at their bowl record, that tells you that they are good.”
The bowl game will be a new experience for the Mountaineers, getting the opportunity to play in a unique location, in a city that holds so much future conference potential. Coach Holgorsen sounds ready for the challenge at hand and is eager to get out there with the team for one more game this season.
Hopefully Coach Holgorsen and Santa can team up to bring Mountaineer fans a victory in Dallas, shedding some light on what future victories in Dallas could feel like.