Tuesday, September 6, 2011


Matchup: West Virginia vs Norfolk State

When: Saturday, 1:00p, ROOT Sports

Line: N/A

WVU Players to Watch:
Geno Smith, QB: 249 yards, 2 TD's
Stedman Bailey, WR: 5 rec, 76 yards, 1 TD
Tavon Austin, WR: 3 rec, 32 yards, 100 yard TD return
Bruce Irvin, DE: 3 tackles, 1 sack

Norfolk State Players to Watch:
Chris Walley, QB: 255 yards, 2 TD's
Reggie Garrett, WR: 7 rec, 74 yards
Corwin Hammond, LB: 9 tackles, 2 TFL


How about a full game? The Mountaineers may be 1-0, but they haven't even played 60 minutes. The weather report says potential rain on Saturday, but it's the lightning to watch out for. I wouldn't worry too much, considering last Sunday was the first time WVU ever had a suspended game. And, we're talking over 100 years.

The spotlight will be on the offensive line, especially after that shambolic performance against Marshall. The run game was nonexistent, and Geno Smith was constantly on the run. It's one thing to have some struggles against a pretty solid Marshall defense. However, there will be no excuse if they struggle against an FCS opponent. This group is going to have to step up this season.

Running back by Committee? Maybe. However, both Andrew Buie and Trey Johnson are banged UP, so Vernard Roberts and Dustin Garrison should get plenty of opportunities. Buie didn't do much to distance himself from the rest of the bunch against Marshall. Roberts and Garrison were used sparingly, and Johnson was hurt. There is no doubt that this is STILL anyone's job. It will be interesting to see if the fullbacks are given more looks this weekend...especially on short yardage situations.

Fix those Flaws, especially on Special Teams. Marshall had too much open space on kick returns, a problem that the Mountaineers have been dealing with for years. The unit gave up a punt return TD to the Herd, and large chucks of yards. It will be interesting to see if there is an adjustment or two to the strategy.

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