As well as West Virginia has played - and as easily as the Mountaineers have won - in the first two games of the season, there are a couple of nagging issues that tend to stand out.
The punting is still horrendous and the short-yardage game needs some work.
Coach Dana Holgorsen correctly said that his team probably improved in all three areas - offense, defense and special teams. The special-teams improvements came elsewhere, though, such as covering kicks and not making errors in fielding punts. Corey Smith did a good job kicking off and Tyler Bitancurt was perfect on PATs.
But the one time Smith was asked to punt he sent it out of bounds for just 24 yards and set up JMU's only score against the WVU defense, a 33-yard field goal.
As for the short-yardage game, well, for the second week in a row Holgorsen went for it on fourth down and failed, this time near midfield. Not only that, when WVU needed a short-yardage game to get out of the shadow of its own goal, it wasn't there. Shawne Alston got tackled for a safety.
Holgorsen regretted the fourth-down call for reasons that cover both of those deficiencies.
"That was my fault. In hindsight we probably should have punted it,'' Holgorsen said. "Besides, our punt team probably needed the work.''
By the way, Edsall and the Terps, who lost 24-21 and fell to 2-1, are at Mountaineer Field for a noon game next Saturday, WVU's final non-conference game of the season.
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com or follow him at Twitter.com/dphickman1.