Year Zero is in the books and now we begin the recap of the season and we start with maybe one of the toughest questions of the offseason, who is the offensive MVP of the team. The question is tough because looking at the stats there isn’t much to celebrate. The offense failed to break 25 points in the final 7 games of the season but the team still found a way to win two of the final three games.
Once the quarterback change occurred, it was obvious that quarterback was not THE problem but it had been A problem. The offense with Doege functioned. The offense moved smoother and functioned with Doege behind center. Doege’s first start with the Mountaineers resulted in a 24-20 upset over a ranked Kansas State Wildcats team in Manhattan. In the final start of the season, Doege engineered a 20-17 win over TCU.
After a butt-kicking against the Missouri Tigers, Neal Brown challenged his team and freshman wide receiver Sam James responded to the challenge. Against N.C. State Wolfpack, James caught 9 passes for 155 yards and a touchdown. He would go on to lead the Mountaineers in receptions (69) and receiving yards (677). Against Texas Tech Red Raiders, James caught 14 passes for 223 yards. His 14 receptions is tied for second in Mountaineer history, tied with Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey. His 223 yards is fourth all time in a single game.
Campbell, the fifth year receiver out of Florida State, proved that sometimes you just need a fresh slate. Campbell dealt with injuries and a lack of production during his time with the Seminoles but was able to stay on the field in his year with the Mountaineers. Campbell only caught 19 passes all year, but was second on the team with 469 yards. He also led the team with 7 receiving touchdowns (33% of all receiving touchdowns on the year!). Not seen on the stat sheet was his production in special teams, both as a gunner on kickoffs and punt returns.
Who was the offensive MVP of 2019?
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