MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Dynamic wide receiver Tevin Bush is back with the West Virginia football team following a one-game suspension.
“His suspension is up. He will be with the team today,” West Virginia coach Neal Brown said during Monday’s Big 12 coaches teleconference. “He violated some team rules and paid the price.”
The 5-foot-6 Bush was vital in WVU’s season-opening win against James Madison, catching four passes for 74 yards and a touchdown. He had two grabs for 21 yards at Missouri.
Bush’s spot in the lineup was taken by true freshman Winston Wright against North Carolina State. Wright showed he belonged, catching four passes for 13 yards.
Mike Brown back, Josh Sills questionable
One of West Virginia’s missing guards will be back in the lineup against Kansas, while the other remains up in the air.
Left guard Mike Brown will be ready to return against the Jayhawks, Neal Brown said. Right guard Josh Sills, who missed the game with a shoulder injury, won’t have his status determined until later this week.
Neal Brown expects James Gmiter to remain in a rotation with Brown at left guard and John Hughes to rotate with Chase Behrndt at right guard. Briason Mays will remain at center after making his first college start.
“Chase Behrndt played his best game of season by far,” Neal said. “He strained. He was a big as factor as anybody in our improvement.
“Gmiter making his first start, basically new to the position after playing defensive line, I thought he fared very well. There are some things he’s got to improve on. But he stayed in good body position. Briason, the best thing he did was communicate. He played with great effort.”
Neal Brown said the Mountaineers had to “re-create” themselves following their 38-7 loss at Missouri in order to fix their woes in the running game.
“We re-created ourselves trying to find ways to put our offensive line in a better position,” Brown said. “You can’t continue doing the same things. As coaches just because we’ve had success doing certain things in the past, you have to adapt. It’s not about what we’re the most comfortable with. It’s about what our kids can do the best. You keep trying until you find some things that work.
“We’re at a point where we’ll have to present differently every week to have success in the running game. We’re not at the point where we can just mash people. Hopefully we’ll get there.”