On the injury front, West Virginia Coach Dana Holgorsen told the Charleston Daily Mail that his team’s best playmaker, leading wide receiver Tavon Austin, likely dislocated his finger in Saturday’s victory over Norfolk State.
Holgorsen said the injury occurred early in the game and that Austin, a Baltimore native, played through it. Austin had six receptions for 82 yards. He also returned three punts and a kickoff.
Holgorsen said that Austin did not practice Sunday and had “some sort of work” done on the finger Monday, the team’s off day. The first-year coach expects the junior to play against Maryland.
Austin had seven catches for 106 yards and two touchdowns against Maryland last season in the Mountaineers’ 31-17 win in Morgantown.
Maryland defensive end Isaiah Ross, who suffered what appeared to be a leg injury against Miami, underwent surgery, is in a cast and will likely be sidelined for the foreseeable future, Coach Randy Edsall said. (Edsall has declined to specify the nature of the injury.)
“Don’t know yet if that will be a season-ending injury,” Edsall said. “It could be close. Hey, the two young guys have got to step up.”
The kickoff return and coverage units have been a particular concern for Edsall after an uneven performance against Miami. Edsall said he has made some changes with personnel to those units.
Improvement is critical this week because of the presence of West Virginia’s Austin, who had a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the season-opening victory over Marshall.