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3 Up, 3 Down: Who's Hot, Who's Not After A Big Win Against Baylor


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Well, we certainly needed that one. Like a gentle rain to wash the dirt off your car, the Mountaineers cleansed their season of a horrible experience against Iowa state to, seemingly, right the ship. With that said, let's take a look at who some of the best and worst from Week 9.

UP

Will Grier

Grier has had a rocky couple of weeks, but a Thursday night game against the Bears from Baylor was just what the doctor ordered to get The Bearded One back on track. Grier finished the evening 17-27 for 353 yards and 3 touchdowns. That has to feel good.

Trevon Wesco

The tight end from Martinsburg, WV made a pretty big impact on the game, hauling in 3 catches for 52 yards, with a long of 23. Tight ends in the passing game need to be a focal point for Spavital and the offense going forward, particularly with the likes of Texas and Oklahoma coming up.

Kenny Robinson Jr.

Kenny Robinson was all over the place for the Mountaineer Dawgs against Baylor. He led the team with a stout 8 tackles, 5 solo, .5 TFL, and a pass defended. The man was an animal that had just been unleashed. Strong play from the defensive backfield will also be needed heading into this final stretch of the season.

Honorable Mention: Jack Allison

Thank you for that sweet first touchdown pass, and the even better glare to the sidelines afterward.

DOWN

Offensive Line

The offensive line continues to be the worst unit on this football team. The box score will show that they only allowed 1 QB hurry, and 1 sack, but that was largely due to Grier getting the ball out quicker and being able to navigate the pocket better than he had recently. The line also gave up 5 tackles for loss and, outside of a couple large runs from Pettaway and Bush, did nothing to support our run game as a whole. This has to get better.

Evan Staley

Staley missed his first field goal attempt of the day, a 44-yarder that sailed wide. Then he had his second attempt of the evening blocked, where it seemed he may have taken a little too long to get the ball in the air. Yes, I know, he did go on to make 3 field goals throughout the rest of the evening, but its his inconsistency that's troublesome. He's now only at 64% on the season (IF you round up), and only 3-7 from 40+ yards. You can't score touchdowns every time, and we need Staley to be more reliable when those times come.

Marcus Simms

Simms has had a quiet couple of games for the Mountaineers, catching only 3 passes for 21 yards, combined, against ISU and Baylor. He's got to figure out how to work himself more into the pass game if we are to continue rolling on offense the way we were early in the season.

So, there you have it, folks. My 3 Up and 3 Down from the win over Baylor. Sound off in the comments below!