West Virginia football coach Dana Holgorsen said the return of starting quarterback Skyler Howard, a White Settlement Brewer graduate, as well as four returnees in the offensive line should allow the Mountaineers “to expand the playbook a little bit” as the team prepares for Saturday’s opener against Missouri.
But he stressed during a Monday conference call with Big 12 coaches that Howard and his fellow returnees must “be better at routine plays this season” for the Mountaineers to improve on last year’s 8-5 record. Howard, a senior, threw for 3,145 yards and 26 touchdowns last season but also threw 14 interceptions. That ranked as the second-highest total of any Big 12 starter last season.
“What makes him go is having a chip on his shoulder and being able to manage the offense,” Holgorsen said of Howard. “But he needs to remember it’s not always about making big plays. This fall, I’ve noticed him being more comfortable with that (mindset) and more satisfied with just being able to move the chains.”