West Virginia lost their best running back to the 2018 NFL Draft. Justin Crawford was with the Mountaineers for two seasons and rushed for over 1,000 yards in both years.
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Now that Crawford is gone it is McKoy’s turn to step up. Or is it? Head coach Dana Holgorsen followed Jeremy Pruitt with a lot of ‘or’s’ on the depth chart. However, McKoy was the clear number two running back in Morgantown receiving 125 carries on the year. He finished with 596 yards for a 4.8 rushing average, scoring seven touchdowns.
Despite being the second option that was only a handful of games where McKoy rushed over ten times. And, only one game against Oklahoma where he saw over 20 carries.
More carries equaled more rushing yards. In the Oklahoma game, McKoy registered 25 carries for 137 yards and scored three touchdowns.
There is talent on the Vols defensive line. The players haven’t necessarily lived up to the four and five-star hype, but a lot of that had to do with coaching.
McKoy has the talent to rush for 100 yards and score a few touchdowns. It will be an intriguing matchup to watch during the game.