Technology is all the rage these days, and teams are taking advantage of it. West Virginia is no different, using GPS technology to track its players.
WVU meets GPS
Wide receiver Gary Jennings ran over 10 miles two weekends ago against Virginia Tech. How does the Mountaineer coaching staff know that? GPS tracking.
The Mountaineers have begun using technologies such as that in order to gauge performance from their players.
“We measure how far, how long and how hard they’re going,” WVU head coach Dana Holgorsen said.
Not only are the players being gauged, but they are engaging the numbers.
Holgorsen said that players are comparing their numbers, which are posted for the team, against one another and that it’s even fueling some friendly competition within the program.
Prepping for Delaware St.
Tuesday was the first mandatory day for the Mountaineers following their 56-20 thumping of ECU on Saturday. Holgorsen said the players were given Sunday and Monday off to rest due to NCAA regulations based on the scheduling of the first two games.
Starting today, though, all focus is on the Hornets of Delaware State.
“I thought we did a good job of preparing like we always do,” Holgorsen said. “I don’t think this week will be any different (than any other).”
The head coach made it a point to address that WVU is focusing on this weekend’s game like they would any other, despite the opponent.
Areas of Improvement
Overall, Holgorsen seemed pleased with his team’s performance on Saturday, especially the first team unit on offense. That doesn’t mean there aren’t any needed improvements.
Players staying on their feet is one area. Holgorsen noted that players have to stay up right, especially those players that are supposed to be blocking.
He also felt that the second team unit missed out on some opportunities, excluding second-string QB Chris Chugunov.
“I thought he’s looked as good as he’s looked since I’ve been here,” Holgorsen said.
The need for speed
Most media members in attendance Saturday noticed the impact of wide receiver Marcus Simms, who caught one pass for a 52-yard touchdown.
Holgorsen also noticed the jolt he brings to the offense.
“What he brings to the table is… he brings speed, which we need,” Holgorsen said. “We need guys out there that can stretch things.”
However, the head coach emphasized that the wideout still needs to work on consistency.