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West Virginia football notebook: Kenny Bigelow is “one large muscle”

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. — It got pretty hot at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas on Saturday afternoon, but at least WVU coach Dana Holgorsen and defensive lineman Kenny Bigelow got a good story out of it.
Early in the second half, Bigelow lay on the turf dealing with a serious case of cramping. By itself, this is not unusual. Holgorsen was concerned about how many snaps Bigelow would be able to play during the season because the problem was so prevalent during training camp.
“Bigelow cramps. He’s just one large muscle,” Holgorsen said Monday on his weekly radio show. “He always gets IVs at halftime. We were concerned with how many snaps we’d be able to get out of him in general. In camp, we thought we’d get 10 per half.”
Bigelow has worked himself into far more durable shape than the coaching staff was anticipating, but had his old issue crop up with the Texas sun beating down. But even though his legs temporarily lost their function, his wit remained razor-sharp when Holgorsen went to check on him.
“He’s on the carpet motionless. I look at him and go ‘What’s wrong with you?’” Holgorsen said. “He goes, ‘I’m fat.’”

Holgorsen: Opponents dictate penalties

Flags flew everywhere for West Virginia on Saturday as the Mountaineers drew 12 penalties for 115 yards. It brought back shades of the home opener against FCS Youngstown State when WVU was flagged a dozen times for 114 yards.
Holgorsen said the more highly penalized games are a byproduct of who WVU played.
“If you’re playing a disciplined team, you tend to play more disciplined. If you play an undisciplined or inferior team, you tend to have a lot of penalties,” Holgorsen said. “When you play in a different style or with a different caliber of player, it can get those flags cranked up.”
Nevertheless, it’s an issue that Holgorsen wants to fix.
“It’s going to get us at some point,” Holgorsen said. “I’m glad we can learn from it sitting here at 4-0.”

Norwood targeting ‘right call’

The most noteworthy Mountaineers penalty was a targeting call against junior cornerback Josh Norwood. Because the penalty was called in the second half, Norwood will miss the first half of this week’s game against Kansas.
Though Norwood didn’t lead with the crown of his helmet when he jarred Texas Tech receiver Ja’Deion High, he did leave his feet and make contact with High’s head.
“It wasn’t a vicious, malicious hit,” Holgorsen said. “But you can’t launch like that. It was targeting.”

No worries about Brown

Freshman running back Leddie Brown scored a 1-yard touchdown against Texas Tech, but was otherwise held in check. Brown finished with just 18 yards on nine carries. But Holgorsen said the running back was not to blame for the lack of production.
“It was nothing he was doing,” Holgorsen said. “He’s a young, big, physical guy that’s going to have plenty of moments here moving forward. The holes weren’t there when he happened to get the ball.”