The West Virginia coaching staff has called out its team after its recent struggles.
Head coach Dana Holgorsen and defensive coordinator Joe DeForest have both pointed to immaturity and youth after recent blowout losses, while also sharing the blame for the mental downfalls of the team.
Following a 55-14 drubbing at the hands of No. 2 Kansas State, Holgorsen simply said his team needs to grow up via (WVUSports.com):
Aside from the fact that we would like our 20 freshmen to be seniors, we need to, from a mentality standpoint, grow up. We can’t use the excuse of not having enough snaps. We have to grow and play older than we are. We need the older guys to act older. We need the older guys to bring along the younger kids. We need them to be tough when adversity hits. We played a team (Kansas State) that has that mastered. They are the most mature team in college football. They are very old, and they have played a lot of football. They are mentally tough, and their technique is not lost during the heat of the battle. We can learn a lot from playing a team like that.
Thanks to some injury and otherwise poor play, WVU has been forced to start numerous freshmen, which has shown on the field in the last two weeks and ultimately been reflected in the team's overall record.
However, as Holgorsen has often pointed out, the Mountaineers can't dip into the free agency pool, call players up from Triple-A or make a midseason trade—they have to play with who they have.
As a result, West Virginia will need some of those freshmen to step in and step up in order to bounce back from its recent skid.