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Poll: What Aspect of WVU’s Team Offers Biggest Reason for Concern?

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With the season fast approaching, especially for that first game, media and avid fans are dissecting the roster to figure out how the Mountaineers may do this year.

And while several players are getting recognized nationally on preseason watch lists and others like transfer quarterback JT Daniels are triggering hype, there are also plenty of question marks about the team. What aspect of the West Virginia football team are you concerned about the most with about a month until the return of the Backyard Brawl?

Running Game? 

Most have confidence in Daniels and assume WVU has upgraded the quarterback position as long as he can stay healthy, but that may depend on other factors out of his control. With Leddie Brown gone, it’s likely up to Tony Mathis Jr. to step up. Now Mathis owning the bulk of carriers, but with Lyn-J Dixon deciding to transfer before even playing a game, Neal Brown is forced to roll the dice on Mathis again. Can he be “the guy” despite his inexperience and improve a run game that struggled with Brown last season? If the offense isn one-dimensional, it will be far easier for defenses to scheme against.

Offensive Line?

A major to factor to how the offense will perform is if the offensive line can get back to form. Many believe Brown’s dip in production on the ground last year was largely due to the WVU offensive line. They can’t afford any hiccups without an inexperienced bell cow and also need to make sure Daniels stays upright as much as possible. Injuries are a big reason why Daniels’ career has taken him to his third program after being a top recruit. He lost his starting job at both USC and Georgia following an injury. Georgia even then won a national title with his replacement.

The line appears set except for a battle at right tackle.

Secondary? 

The offense is obviously important, but maybe the defense causes you more concern? It’s worth noting WVU’s defense has performed relatively well the last couple seasons, but it’s also fair to say it needs to be better this year to help the team win more games. Most trust Dante Stills leading the charge up front, but what about the secondary? We already discussed this in detail too.

To refresh, the starting secondary is Charles Woods and Andrew Wilson-Lamp at cornerback, Davis Mallinger at SPEAR and Aubrey Burks at free safety. Woods is the veteran and expected to take a leap from really good to one of the best in the country. The problem is he can’t do it alone and the rest of the group are unknowns. WVU will also be facing a strong slate of quarterbacks this year. It’s up to this secondary to control the opponent and also turnovers.

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If it’s not any of those aspects that leave you up at night tossing and turning the most, what part of the team worries you more? The receiver depth besides Bryce-Ford Wheaton? The tight ends? Vote below.

What aspect of WVU’s team concerns you the most?

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Mike Asti is an experienced media personality and journalist with a vast résumé and skillset, most notably with TribLIVE Radio, WPXI and 93.7 The Fan. Asti now serves as the Managing Editor of WV Sports Now, manages and serves as the lead host for Pittsburgh Sports Live and contributes to Steelers Now, Pittsburgh Sports Now and Nittany Sports Now. He also contributes to West Virginia's Metro News among other outlets.

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