Last week, West Virginia’s offense struggled mightily to move the ball, in part due to several dropped passes from the wide receiving corps. While “stone hands” continued to plague some of the wideouts, Daikiel Shorts caught five passes for 88 yards to lead the team Saturday in a 41-7 win.
Shorts says his chemstriy with Ford Childress has been building since January.
“It definitely was (redemption),” said Shorts. “It was good that the offense got it going and we’re just looking forward to next week and moving on.”
The freshman wideout was particularly effective over the middle and in the red zone, making a couple difficult grabs. Two of those catches were for touchdowns.
“It was awesome, especially my first one,” said Shorts. “That was my first college touchdown, so that felt great.”
His performance spawned much talk among fans and reporters about him being the go-to-guy for new quarterback, Ford Childress. According to Shorts, the bond between the two is something that began the moment he stepped on campus.
“I thought (our chemistry) was pretty good,” he said. “We already had chemistry from the spring and summer.”
The other Ford Childress touchdown pass went to Ivan McCartney. After an excellent double move on the cornerback, the senior wideout sped down the sideline for the end zone – although he had to wait what felt like forever for the ball to arrive.
“I couldn’t wait for that ball to get there,” McCartney said with a laugh. “It felt good, overwhelming to contribute to the team and help us win. It was just a great play overall.”
McCartney was quick to point out that there were two parts to that play, the other being the new quarterback, who he felt played well.
“Ford looked pretty good,” said McCartney. “He looked very poised and he took control of the offense.”
Linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski currently leads the team with 27 tackles, but you won’t get the redshirt sophomore to talk about his play for very long - he’s focused on the future.
“I feel I’ve come a long way, but (I) still (have) a long way to go, though, at the same time,” he said. “I’ll come in and watch film tomorrow and keep progressing.”
EerSports' Alissa Hudak contributed to this article.