MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–After a week hiatus, West Virginia gets back to action against Big 12 foe Kansas State on Saturday afternoon.
The Mountaineers got a surprising week off after Hurricane Florence struck the Carolinas, wreaking havoc to many.
While WVU was disappointed in missing last weekend’s game, the players took the opportunity to get a little rest and relaxation.
” I just tried to watch as much football as I could. I can’t really remember the last weekend when I sat down and watched college football games,” wide receiver David Sills said. “It’s definitely very refreshing, but we’re excited to get back out there this week.”
Despite the little break, the Mountaineers didn’t overdo preparation for the Wildcats but they didn’t slouch off either.
“Tuesday and Wednesday we pretty much just turned them back into camp practices and went against each other,” WVU head coach Dana Holgorsen said. “You have to keep playing, you need timing, you need conditioning and just a whole bunch of things. If you want them to improve or if you want them to stay the same, you have to keep doing it. So, we did that on Tuesday and Wednesday and then practiced them over the weekend, which gave us a little bit of time to prepare. So, we got a little ahead on Kansas State as well.”
The last week had a little bit of a preseason feel to it for the Mountaineer.
“It feels like it was when we were in camp, trying to get it back out there,” Sills said. “It feels like it’s been a lot longer than a week off from playing football. We got good energy. We had a lift this morning and had good energy in the lift. We need to have good energy at practice and through the rest of the week and I don’t think that’s going to be hard. This week I think a lot of the guys are excited to get back out there.”
Having extra preparation is a little bit of an advantage for WVU.
“They are very well coached,” offensive tackle Colton McKivitz said. “They do a good job at what they do. That extra film that helps. You don’t have a short week to prepare like all of Sunday night, watch your film and then you start on Tuesday. But it’s definitely nice to get a head start on these guys. They play us tough and it’s going to be a fun game.”
Cover Photo Credit: Kelsie LeRose, BGS