Wildcat puts new wrinkle in West Virginia run game

With quarterback Will Grier out with a finger injury, West Virginia offensive coordinator Jake Spavital has been forced to innovate.

When Grier went down against Texas two weeks ago, the whole offense lagged. West Virginia managed just 56 rushing yards against the Longhorns. Backup quarterback Chris Chugonov struggled mightily. Clearly, something had to change.

So Spavital installed an option scheme from the wildcat formation against Oklahoma, and it worked very well. The Mountaineers racked up 250 yards on 51 carries against the Sooners. That’s the second-highest total all year on the ground for West Virginia, behind a 288-yard performance against lowly Kansas.

As Keenan Cummings of WVSports.com detailed, the package worked because it was simple. Sophomore running back Kennedy McKoy was the featured back in the formation. He had “four to five plays…that the coaches repped with him throughout the course of the week” that he could run. McKoy played quarterback his freshman year of high school, so that experience, as lean as it was, helped him taking snaps.

Justin Crawford had been the workhorse for West Virginia this season at running back. But McKoy flourished in the wildcat, putting up 110 yards and two touchdowns. Crawford had a strong game as well, gaining 97 yards on 17 carries.

Spavital said the wildcat might make another appearance in the Mountaineers’ bowl game. With Grier out, innovation is driving the West Virginia offense.

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