After a disappointing 12-point performance against Kansas State, West Virginia's offense bounced back and put up 27 points against a stingy TCU defense on Saturday. For head coach Dana Holgorsen, who previously mentioned staying up all night in an effort to get his offense moving, it still wasn't enough.
Holgorsen likes the way the offense is progressing but says it's not there, yet.
"Absolutely not," he said when asked if he was getting some rest now. "It's still a work in progress."
Although the Clint Trickett-led unit is not where he wants it to be, Holgorsen admitted that it is moving in the right direction and thinks it will continue to get better as the year goes on.
"I do feel like we’ve constantly been improving and I do think we improved last week," he said. "I expect our guys to work hard and improve this week as well."
Even with the improvement, though, Holgorsen reiterated that the offense will not be where he wants it until next season.
"There are also some things that exist with us offensively that are not going to get fixed til we probably have six months of offseason on our hands" he said. "There’s just a lot of new parts to our offense and it’s going to take some time for the continuity to improve, to get to the point where I feel like it’s winning football."
As for this week against Texas, Holgorsen doesn't figure to get much sleep preparing for a defense that has allowed only three offensive touchdowns in as many weeks.
"I am going to have to go back into my offensive staff room and continue to try to figure out ways to put points on the board."
One of the keys to West Virginia moving the ball against TCU was senior running back Charles Sims. The Houston transfer totaled 189 yards from the line of scrimmage and found the end zone twice. As for why he had such a huge game, Holgorsen said it was simple.
"Probably because gave (the ball) to him a good bit," he said.
Sims' talents are not lost on the staff, and Holgorsen says he feels the offense can do so much with him each and every week.
"He’s been our most productive player every game," said Holgorsen. "He’s such a versatile that we’re able to do a lot of different things with him. You sit there and game plan and try to figure out the best way to utilize him."
In fact, the West Virginia head coach says Sims should be involved in national discussions for his MVP-like performance this year.
"I challenge you to find anyone across the country that does more for their team than Charles Sims does for us."
With health issues among head coaches a hot topic this week - Jerry Kill at Minnesota, John Fox for the Denver Broncos and Gary Kubiak for the Houston Texans - Holgorsen was asked about the stressed involved with being a head coach, something he shrugged off.
"Health issues come with the territory of a thing called life," he said. "There’s all kind of stress involved with our profession, there’s no doubt about that, but there’s stress in life as well and you got to deal with it."
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