Keeping Tavon on the field

Written by Jenn Menendez on .

One of the more notable things about Tavon Austin’s first touchdown of the season against Marshall was the fact he was directly involved in all three plays on the scoring drive.

Austin set up the score by blazing 70 yards down the sideline on a reverse to set the offense up at the Marshall 13 on the first play of the possession.

A 7-yard reception on the next snap got WVU to the six, where he connected again with QB Geno Smith for the TD.

That wasn't a coincidence, explained offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson this week as the team prepares for James Madison.

“We've made an emphasis to put plays back to back,” said Dawson. “A lot of times when guys make big plays they get tired, they come out. We put an emphasis on our best guys being on the field regardless of the situation. You’re tired? Suck it up. We need to be able to play for a long period of time.

“So that was part of just making him keep lining up and getting him the ball. So, yeah it wasn't complicated. He made a big play and we kept giving him the ball.”

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