Dawson Says WVU Offense is Frustrating
MORGANTOWN – For an offensive coordinator who’s unit had compiled 604 yards and outscored its opponent by 34 points, Shannon Dawson was none to pleased with his group’s production in a 41-7 victory against Georgia State.
”It was a frustrating game overall in my opinion,” he said. ”For some reason or another, we spit and sputter. Drop balls. Have guys come wide open through the B-gap. It’s frustrating. But, you know, statistically we put some things together, so I guess that’s a positive.”
Those statistics include 359 passing yards, 245 rushing yards, five total touchdowns and 30 first downs.
But, there were some negatives.
The Mountaineers converted only eight of 17 third-down attempts and dropped several passes that could have either extended drives or gone for scores.
”This group is just so frustrating,” Dawson said. ”We can be good. Everyone is taking an opportunity to shoot us in the foot. It’s just frustrating.”
Still, the second-year coordinator doesn’t feel a change in scheme is necessary, but rather a change in the player’s focus.
”It’s nothing we haven’t done during the past two games that we haven’t done the past 15 years,” he said. ”Its just that we have got to have some people step up and make some plays on the football.”
One thing that really hasn’t hindered the development of WVU’s progress during the 2013 campaign is injuries. Holgorsen is the first one to admit it.
”I don’t think (injuries are affecting the team) a whole lot,” he said. ”(Defensive lineman) Noble (Nwachukwu) has been dinged up. He is back up and has not been taking many snaps. (Linebacker) Isaiah Bruce is a guy that we’ve been leaning on, but he wasn’t feeling good so we just wanted to let him rest. That allowed (Eric) Kinsey to get a lot more reps and (Marvin) Gross on the outside.
”Injuries are part of the game. I told the team you have to understand what your role is and be excited about it. If you are not excited about your role then change it. If you can’t change it then you can either accept it or do something else.
”Injuries are going to happen. If you are a second team guy, then you need to be ready to go in and be productive.”
If there was any player on West Virginia’s defense that made his presence felt during Saturday’s game against Georgia State, it was Nick Kwiatkoski.
The redshirt sophomore finished with nine total tackles, one sack and forced a fumble.
”He’s developing,” Holgorsen said. ”He is a smart guy and is allowing himself to be coached. He has worked his body into phenomenal shape. There is a mental aspect to the game of football that you have to be able to understand, and right now he really understands it.”
Of his nine tackles, eight were solo stops.
”He’s one of those guys that just does everything I ask him to do,” defensive coordinator Keith Patterson said. ”He doesn’t deviate from it. What you see from him on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday is what you’re going to see from him on Saturday. I’ve been very pleased with his progress.”
One thing that has helped out with Kwiatkoski’s development is the fact that he is seeing the field more often than a year ago, which Patterson says has helped his confidence.
”Last year he really didn’t have the reps to go out there and really feel 100 percent confident. This year, he does.”