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Four Downs With Neal Brown | Team Admits What They Need To Work On as They Prepare To Host Texas Tech

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WVU football head coach Neal Brown talks to his players. (WVSN / Kelsie LeRose)

Following a disappointing loss to No. 4 Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma, West Virginia football head coach Neal Brown spoke with the media about the game over the weekend and previewing Texas Tech for this week.

Brown Realizes That He Needs To Take Responsibility In Offense Not Finishing Drives

At the beginning of his opening statement, the third-year coach reflected on the game against Oklahoma and how the offense let the game slip away. The Mountaineers had multiple opportunities to put seven points on the board, which would result in three points.

Brown did recognize this issue in the final score.

“I’ve got to do a better job of getting us in some successful shot plays,” Brown said. “We called them, we just didn’t have them open and that’s all on me at the end of the day.”

Frazier ‘Playing His Ass Off,’ Just Made Two Mistakes

“Zach Frazier played his ass off,” Brown said.

On Saturday, Frazier made two mistakes during the game, most notably a missed snap with quarterback Jarret Doege, which resulted in a 20-yard loss. Frazier has taken over the leadership of the offensive line and Brown continued to give Frazier some praise.

“He’s the most prepared, he’s one of our best practice players,” Brown said. “He does everything that gives you an opportunity to perform on Saturday night. And if you look, we had 63 accountable snaps, probably 59 of those were pretty good.”

Texas Tech Leads The Country in Explosive Plays

To preview the Texas Tech team that will come into Morgantown without their starting quarterback Tyler Shough. Brown was able to give the media a crazy stat about the Red Raiders and what to watch out for on Saturday.

Texas Tech leads the country in explosive plays, which are 50-plus-yard gains.

Now, instead of Shough, TTU will be playing with Henry Colombi, who was the quarterback last season when the Mountaineers lost in Lubbock, TX.

Brown has built a formula that him and his coaching staff are proud about to avoid Texas Tech to continue what they thrive off of.

“Up to this point, I think we’ve established a standard of how we play,” Brown said. “I think that’s important. I think there’s a formula for us to be able to win big here. I think that’s built around playing great defense.”

Brown Thinks Leddie Brown Gets Enough Rushes

A lot of critics of this year’s West Virginia football team is that running back Leddie Brown has not been dealt the ball as much as he should have. Last season, Brown finished second in the Big 12 with 1,010 rushing yards and fifth in the entire country in rushing attempts. This season, Brown is averaging 16.5 rushing attempts through four games.

Fans think that Brown should be getting more touches, while the 41-year-old coach doesn’t think so.

“Well, we’ve got to get a number two guys in that position. He’s [Leddie Brown] getting enough touches. I think he’s having to play too many snaps because I don’t think he’s as freshly as he needs to be.”

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Ethan Bock is pursuing his bachelor’s degree in journalism at WVU. He currently is an intern with the Final Fourcast podcast. Ethan has covered WVU football and men’s basketball for the last year with Blue Gold Sports — an USA Today credentialed outlet. He is from Cincinnati, OH.

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