Dana Holgorsen insists he “didn’t sugarcoat anything” when he met with his team after reviewing film of a 49-14 loss to Texas Tech.
“It wasn’t a positive session,” Holgorsen said Tuesday. “I wasn’t like, ‘It’s going to be OK guys.’ We were honest with them.”
West Virginia (5-1, 2-1 Big 12) allowed 676 yards in Lubbock and couldn’t must enough offense to counterpunch. On the heels of shootout wins against Baylor and Texas, Holgorsen said too many players “wanted it to be easy” against Texas Tech. Despite repeatedly warning his team about the quality of the Red Raiders’ personnel, “We didn’t have enough guys that bought into that.
“We don’t like the loss and we’re not going to get used to it,” Holgorsen said. “But there’s nine other teams in the Big 12 that are used to winning and have good facilities.”
Holgorsen ruled out cornerback Brodrick Jenkins (knee) for Saturday’s game against Kansas State, saying the junior has a “slight cartilage tear” and could return in a few weeks.
Receiver Stedman Bailey (ankle) and offensive guard Jeff Braun (ankle) are day-to-day, as is running back Shawne Alston, who’s been day-to-day for four weeks.
“(Alston’s situation) is frustrating, but what do you do? Want me to cry about it?” Holgorsen said.
Holgorsen said freshman receiver Travares Copeland, who saw his first game action while subbing for Bailey in the second half at Texas Tech, will start this week. “You can go ahead and write that down,” said Holgorsen, though he didn’t specify where Copeland will start or if that’s an indication of Bailey’s limited availability.
“We’ll find a spot.”
Though Copeland has been a practice standout, he seemed slotted for a redshirt until injuries provided an opening for playing time. The WVU offensive staff saw enough of Copeland in his limited game reps last week to validate giving him a bigger role.
“I don’t know if he’s going to the savior,” Holgorsen joked. “It’s not like our offense is THAT broke.”
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