Linebacker Trey Lathan dominated out for the season
MORGANTOWN — West Virginia’s off week couldn’t have come at a greater time, because the Mountaineers wish to recuperate from a bodily stretch of video games to start out the season and heal up earlier than touring to play Houston subsequent Thursday.
“We’ve had 4 actually bodily soccer video games and we’ve acquired to make use of this to hit the refresh button mentally and bodily,” head coach Neal Brown mentioned Monday.
WVU (4-1, 2-0 Massive 12) had two gamers carted off the sector Saturday at TCU and Brown delivered excellent news on each Monday afternoon.
Security Aubrey Burks, who acquired caught below a pile on particular groups and wanted to have his neck stabilized, was saved in a Fort Value hospital for statement and had all of his checks come again detrimental.
“All checks had been detrimental and for what that was, he’s in good spirits. He’s going to be okay,” Brown mentioned. “That was scary, however we acquired the absolute best outcomes that every one his checks had been detrimental. He’ll undergo (concussion) protocol after which be on his means.”
Linebacker Trey Lathan suffered a lower-body harm and was positioned in an air forged earlier than being carted off. He, too, was saved in a Fort Value hospital in a single day. Brown introduced that Lathan will miss the rest of the season, however obtained profitable surgical procedure on Sunday and is anticipated to make a full restoration.
“I need to reward our medical staff, our trainers and our medical doctors,” Brown mentioned. “I believed they did an incredible job. I additionally need to give an enormous thanks to TCU and their medical workers.”
Each Burks and Lathan will fly again to Morgantown and rejoin the staff this week.
“We’re going to fly them again (Tuesday) and we’re wanting ahead to getting them again,” Brown.
Burks, a junior, is likely one of the leaders of WVU’s protection, particularly within the secondary. He has 15 complete tackles and one interception this yr. Whereas Burks is not going to miss important time, Brown mentioned they won’t rush him again into motion.
“His harm was the absolute best state of affairs, however there’s some trauma in (being carted off),” Brown mentioned. “I need to get him again and provides him a while earlier than we determine the place he’s at from a return standpoint.”
Lathan, a redshirt freshman, has began each sport at center linebacker and was third on the staff with 27 complete tackles.
WVU is already coping with a significant harm at each positions already. True freshman Josiah Trotter was primed to compete for the beginning job at linebacker earlier than struggling a season-ending harm in fall camp. Brown mentioned fellow freshman Ben Cutter ought to slide into the beginning spot for Lathan.
At security, switch Keyshawn Cobb has been dominated out for the yr after enjoying simply two video games.
“These are two of our positions that we’re most likely the thinnest at,” Brown mentioned. “Cutter did some good issues within the sport. He’s performed a great variety of snaps the final couple of weeks so he’s able to do it.”
Cutter has performed in all 5 video games this season and has 12 complete tackles.
Spear Hershey McLaurin additionally left the sport Saturday however just isn’t anticipated to overlook any time.
“I believe he might have gone again into the sport on Saturday — it was form of a coach’s choice,” Brown mentioned. “We’ll see on him, I believe he’ll be tremendous.”
Along with the defenders, WVU additionally misplaced a pair of offensive linemen within the sport Saturday. Left sort out Wyatt Milum and left guard Tomas Rimac each left the sport and didn’t return.
Milum was poked within the eye on the finish of a play.
“He needed to play; his eye was utterly shut,” Brown mentioned. “If it was a boxing match they might’ve stopped the struggle as a result of he couldn’t see. We simply didn’t assume it was in his finest curiosity to play.”
Rimac can be questionable to play this week, however Brown is hopeful he could possibly be again for Houston.
“Tomas I believe is simply too early to inform,” Brown mentioned. “It’d be a wrestle if we had been enjoying on Saturday this week. It’s not one thing that’s going to maintain him out an prolonged time period, however Houston is simply too early to inform.”
Greene Good to Go
Quarterback Garrett Greene made the shock begin in opposition to the Horned Frogs and much more shocking, he led the Mountaineers with 80 dashing yards.
Greene was not absolutely healed from an ankle harm he sustained in opposition to Pitt earlier this month, however backup Nicco Marchiol rolled his ankle throughout follow Wednesday and was not going to have the ability to play.
“In all probability as unusual of a game-plan week as I’ve ever had,” Brown mentioned. “Garrett didn’t do a lot, didn’t look good on Tuesday when it comes to transferring and I didn’t need to play him till he was 100%. Then Nicco injured his ankle and we didn’t know the extent of it till he will get up Thursday and has a tough time strolling.”
Marciol performed all however 5 snaps in opposition to Pitt and made his first profession begin the next week in opposition to Texas Tech.
Towards TCU, Greene accomplished 10 of 21 passes for 142 yards and carried the ball 12 occasions for 80 yards and two touchdowns.
“He moved round lots higher than I anticipated within the sport,” Brown mentioned. “That’s why we form of performed somewhat completely different within the second half. I actually didn’t know what to anticipate of him with the ability to transfer round.”
With no sport this week, Brown mentioned he expects Greene to be again to 100% by the point they go to Houston.
“He had a birthday (Sunday) and whether or not he stayed off his toes on his birthday or not, who is aware of,” Brown mentioned. “I talked to him on the telephone (Sunday) and he mentioned he felt good. He wants a while, too, so this week will probably be good for him. I anticipate him being 100% once we play per week from Thursday.”