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Top Three Questions for West Virginia Heading Into Big 12 Media Days

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Big 12 Media Days are right around the corner, which means the 2023 college football season is less than two months away.

The burning questions for every team are starting to build some momentum and at media days we will finally get the answers to some of those questions.

As each fanbase prepares itself for another season of Big 12 football, we’re here to help with the three biggest questions that each team is facing before heading to Arlington for Media Days on July 12-13.

With that being said, here are the three biggest questions that the West Virginia Mountaineers are facing heading into 2023 Big 12 Football Media Days.

 

How Does Neal Brown Feel?

Let’s just cut to the chase here. The biggest question about West Virginia this year is not about the team. It’s about head coach Neal Brown who is coming off a 5-7 season. That 5-7 record is the same record he had in year one back in 2019. Brown has been the head coach in Morgantown for four full seasons and has a 14-21 in Big 12 play and a 22-25 record overall. It’s clear that he hasn’t gotten the job done and if not for a high buyout amount, he may have been fired after last season.

Neal Brown has been a great guy off the field. He’s nice and is well-liked as a person. You would have a hard time finding anyone who doesn’t like him as a man. But as a head coach? You would have a hard time finding anyone who has approved of the job he has done on the field. Many people including myself thought that West Virginia was going to get rid of him after last year. Luckily for him, his buyout saved his job for at least another season, but I do wonder what’s his mindset like going into this year with a lot of pressure. It’s no secret that Neal Brown is on the hot seat, and I wonder if he is feeling the heat.

Who Will be the Guy at Quarterback?

The JT Daniels experiment didn’t work out last season. Now Daniels is gone along with offensive coordinator Graham Harrell. It’s been ten years since West Virginia started a quarterback that they signed in the season opener, but that streak will likely be over come September. There is a quarterback battle between junior Garrett Greene and redshirt freshman Nicco Marchiol. We got the chance to see Greene in action last season and he wasn’t bad at all. In fact, I thought he gave some life to the offense that JT Daniels didn’t provide. Meanwhile, Nicco Marchiol redshirted last season but saw some playing time. I believe that both guys will be an upgrade over what they had at quarterback last season with Daniels, but I am curious to see who the guy will be to lead this offense.

 

Will the Defense Get Better?

As bad as the offense was at times last year, the defense was worse. The Mountaineers finished second to last in the Big 12 in points allowed per game (32.9) and pass defense (262.7). They had a tough time forcing turnovers as they had just four total interceptions in 2022 which was nearly dead last in all of college football. There will be a lot of guys that need to step up this year and West Virginia doesn’t return many starters on the defensive side of the ball. Much like the rest of the team and the head coach, this defense has a ton of questions to answer.

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