Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

WVU FOOTBALL ; Holgorsen Heaps Praise on Baylor after Loss

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

WVU FOOTBALL ; Holgorsen Heaps Praise on Baylor after Loss

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It wasn't bad enough for West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen that he sat through last Saturday's 62-38 pasting of his Mountaineers. On Monday, he had to recount Baylor's dominant performance via a Big 12 media teleconference. WVU is off until an Oct. 30, Thursday, matchup with No. 4 TCU, so the national media felt comfortable peppering Holgorsen with questions about BU, now No. 2. Holgorsen raised some eyebrows when he called Bears receiver Corey Coleman "the best player in college football after last Saturday's game.

On Monday, Holgorsen took it a step beyond, comparing Coleman to an ex-Mountaineer.

"[Coleman is] a very confident kid, said the WVU coach. "He's extremely quick; he's extremely fast. His strength is above average& He can run away from you. His ball skills are good. [Baylor coach] Art [Briles] has done a bunch with him in the backfield as well.

"You know, we had a kid by the name of Tavon Austin around here that was pretty good. [Coleman] looks a lot like him, but [is] a much stronger, physical guy.

Coleman had 10 catches for 199 yards and three touchdowns against WVU. He's already broken BU's school record for TD catches in a single season with 16.

"He had 10 touches for three touchdowns, Holgorsen said of Coleman. "I don't know how many times we actually touched, er tackled, him. He's a good football player.

When West Virginia next gets on the field, it will face another Big 12 preseason first-team selection at receiver in 6-foot-3 Josh Doctson of TCU.

"We're familiar with him, Holgorsen said. "He's been there for a couple years. He's a bigger, taller, more NFL-prototypical receiver. Baylor had two other guys in KD Cannon and Jay Lee that are really good players as well.

"It's life in the Big 12. We're going to face good receivers each and every week. We have to do a little better job covering those guys.

Cannon had 92 receiving yards against WVU, while Lee had 89. West Virginia allowed 693 yards in the game and is now No. 74 nationally in total defense. It allowed 359 yards through the air and is now No. 78 in pass defense.

Holgorsen was asked Monday if Baylor is simply a "runaway train that can't be stopped within the Big 12. …

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