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WVU football: Passing game improvements a focal point of bye week | WVU Gameday

As of this week, the good vibes stemming from the West Virginia University football team’s 27-21 double-overtime win over Baylor have faded and it’s back to the task at hand coming off a bye week for the Mountaineers.

That task is a tall one and unique one and it will begin on Saturday at Milan Puskar Stadium as WVU (2-1 overall, 1-1 Big 12 Conference) welcomes in Kansas (0-3, 0-2) for a noon kickoff. The game will air on Fox.

“It’s really unique. We’re the only ones,” WVU coach Neal Brown said of a stretch of five games in five weeks that now lies squarely in front of his team, a span that no other team in the Big 12 will face this season.

While there were obviously positive takeaways from the Mountaineers’ conquest of Baylor, there were plenty of evident deficiencies as well, particularly on offense and, more specifically, in the passing game.

Brown pointed out on Tuesday that the struggles aren’t necessarily represented in the team’s statistics. After all, the Mountaineers are averaging 263.7 passing yards per game entering this weekend, good enough for 26th out of 76 teams nationally and fourth best among Big 12 schools. West Virginia quarterback Jarret Doege is third among league throwers (241 yards per game) and fourth in completion percentage (66.3 percent).

Yet where the Mountaineers have yet to break through, at least on a consistent basis, is throwing the ball downfield and accounting for explosive plays. Doege’s average of seven yards per attempt is seventh in the Big 12 and 46th nationally.

Obviously, all of that doesn’t fall on the Mountaineer signal-caller. There have been protection issues. There has been inconsistent play at wideout. But the combination of it all was a focal point of the bye week, and with such

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Passing game improvements a bye-week focus for WVU football | Sports

As of this week, the good vibes stemming from the West Virginia University football team’s 27-21 double-overtime win over Baylor have faded and it’s back to the task at hand coming off a bye week for the Mountaineers.

That task is a tall one and unique one and it will begin on Saturday at Milan Puskar Stadium as WVU (2-1 overall, 1-1 Big 12 Conference) welcomes in Kansas (0-3, 0-2) for a noon kickoff. The game will air on Fox.

“It’s really unique. We’re the only ones,” WVU coach Neal Brown said of a stretch of five games in five weeks that now lies squarely in front of his team, a span that no other team in the Big 12 will face this season.

While there were obviously positive takeaways from the Mountaineers’ conquest of Baylor, there were plenty of evident deficiencies as well, particularly on offense and, more specifically, in the passing game.

Brown pointed out on Tuesday that the struggles aren’t necessarily represented in the team’s statistics. After all, the Mountaineers are averaging 263.7 passing yards per game entering this weekend, good enough for 26th out of 76 teams nationally and fourth best among Big 12 schools. West Virginia quarterback Jarret Doege is third among league throwers (241 yards per game) and fourth in completion percentage (66.3%).

Yet where the Mountaineers have yet to break through, at least on a consistent basis, is throwing the ball downfield and accounting for explosive plays. Doege’s average of seven yards per attempt is seventh in the Big 12 and 46th nationally.

Obviously, all of that doesn’t fall on the Mountaineer signal-caller. There have been protection issues. There has been inconsistent play at wideout. But the combination of it all was a focal point of the bye week, and with such a

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No. 17 LSU Football Shows Major Improvements on Both Sides of the Ball in Week Two Win

The Tigers found their groove on defense and offense against the Commodores. The game proved that both sides of the football are steadily improving.

After a disappointing opening game, No. 17 LSU (1-1) really played well against Vanderbilt. Better effort, more energy, and definitely a higher level of focus showed for both the offense and defense. The Tigers were led by one of their best players.

Derek Stingley, Secondary, Lead the Way

Anytime you hold an opponent’s quarterback to 11 for 25 passing and 113 yards, the secondary did its job. More importantly, it’s how and when the LSU secondary did it’s job.

With Stingley not giving up a single reception, it allowed the other Tigers to concentrate on just their job. Vanderbilt did challenge Stingley, as the preseason All-American broke up a pass in the end zone and was stuck to his man like glue for most of the evening. His teammates followed suit.

There were much better angles being taken by the defensive backs, and it showed. This was especially true during the first drive by Vanderbilt.

A quick screen left saw a host of Tigers sprint towards the football and drop the wide receiver for a loss. That blown up screen pass set the tone for the evening. That energy, that drive to dominate, it showed up for the purple and gold secondary.

Perhaps one of the reasons LSU started playing really well stemmed from playing more cover one (man defense) during the second half. LSU mixed up its coverages in the first half and Vanderbilt did run the football well. LSU allowed 107-yards rushing during the first half. The second half went LSU’s way.

With LSU manning up on the outside during the second half, the safeties and linebackers really keyed the run. That helped LSU

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Ohio State football coach Ryan Day details COVID-19 precautions

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Those in the Ohio State football program are taking COVID-19 so seriously that some coaches are not staying in their own homes as a safeguard against contracting the virus, coach Ryan Day said Friday.

On the day President Trump announced he had contracted the coronavirus, Day detailed the lengths to which the Buckeyes are trying to protect themselves and others from COVID-19.

“This has been a difficult time because we understand the ramifications and the consequences for our health, but also just in terms of playing a season, of testing positive,” Day said in a conference call. “That’s for the players. They’ve made great sacrifices.

“But it’s also for the coaches. For those of us who have school-age children at home, it’s very, very difficult. To make sacrifices, some of us are not sleeping in our homes.”

Day has three children at home. He said he wears a mask inside their house and that his family spends time together outside as much as possible.

Day said he is letting coaches and staffers decide for themselves what’s the best plan for their situations. But for those who have kids in school, there are no easy solutions. Youth sports are also now being played, adding to the potential exposure, he said.

Ohio State coach Ryan Day says the team feels safe inside the football facilities. “But once you leave, everything changes. Honestly, it’s scary,” he said. (Photo: Nati Harnik, AP)

Day said those in the program feel secure inside the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. The 120 players and about 50 others, including coaches, are tested daily. They get results within 15 minutes. Anyone who doesn’t test negative is sent home for follow-up testing.

“When

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LSU Football Quarterback Myles Brennan “Motivated” to Show Improvements After Week One Loss

The critiques on Myles Brennan and his first performance as a starter for LSU were varied. While the Tigers’ quarterback looked uncomfortable at times in the pocket and missed a few receivers down field, coach Ed Orgeron saw many positives in the performance as well. 

Brennan threw for 345 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions in the loss to the Bulldogs. On the surface those numbers aren’t bad but what the program and it’s fans have come to expect from the quarterback position has changed drastically in the last year.

When meeting with SEC media reporters on Wednesday, Orgeron said that Brennan flashed his immense potential against the Bulldogs and now it’s about getting that consistency on the right track.

“Myles made some big plays, he made some big throws down the field, scored 27 on offense,” Orgeron said. “But there are some things he can get better at. We’re just used to seeing elite at that position and we want him to become elite. He’s working towards that.”

Brennan has handled himself well in the week of practice since the program’s first loss in nearly two years. Center Liam Shanahan told reporters on Tuesday that Brennan came into Monday’s weight lifting session locked in and feels he’s ready to take that next step.

“We got our lift in on Monday morning and I could tell he’s ready to kind of bounce back,” Shanahan said. “We’re gonna do everything we can to protect him so he can have an easier job.”

Orgeron said in the two practices since the loss, Brennan has made strides in the areas he needs to work on. 

“He’s stepping up in the pocket, making better decisions and he did it yesterday, he had a really good day yesterday,” Orgeron said. “Myles has been wanting to

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