College football is right around the corner and there’s no greater satisfaction than watching the West Virginia Mountaineers football team live up to pre-season expectations. Mountaineer fans are happy that Coach Rich Rodriguez didn’t leave for the Alabama Crimson Tide football coaching vacancy, but opted to stay at his alma mater and to keep building upon a program and conference that was written off.
West Virginia’s offense looks very sharp and returns many players such us Pat White a quarterback that can do everything on the football field. I expect to see a lot more passing from him this year. Pat White’s running mate Steve Slaton looks for another breakout year topping last years rushing stats of 1,700 yards. Steve Slaton had wrist surgery in the off-season and is feeling healthy and looking to carry the load for the West Virginia Mountaineer’s football team. The big bruiser “Owen Schmitt” is back and stronger than ever. Owen Schmitt loves the physical abuse that college football provides. The receivers have improved and gotten a lot stronger and that nucleus is made up of Jeremy Bruce, Darius Reynaud, Tito Gonzalez, Dorrell Jalloh, Wes Lyons, and Nate Sowers. The offensive line is strong as ever despite the media reports of a rebuilding year since losing All-American Dan Mozes. The West Virginia Mountaineers offensive line consists of the following players Ryan Stanchek, Eric Rodemoyer, Jake Miller, Greg Isadaner, Selvish Capers, Jake Figner, and Mike Dent. With all this talent the West Virginia Mountaineers look to live up the pre-season hype.
The defense looks strong and guarantees improvement in the passing games this year compared to last years dismal pass coverage. Keilen Dykeslooks to anchor the defensive line and punish opposing offensives with his hard hitting ability. Marc Magro and Reed Williams look to anchor the linebacker’s corps. The defensive backs consist of Antonio Lewis, Charles Pugh, Vaughn Rivers and a nucleus of young players still looking to make a name for themselves. Johnny Dingle plays on the defensive line and is a punishing hitter.
Can the West Virginia Mountaineers play for a National Championship this year? That remains to be seen, but Mountaineer fans are in for a spectacular show with Pat White and Steve Slaton running the show.
West Virginia Mountaineers football schedule:
September 1, 2007 Western Michigan (Home)
September 8, 2007 Marshall University (Away)
September 13, 2007 University of Maryland (Away)
September 22, 2007 East Carolina (Home)
September 28, 2007 South Florida (Away)
October 6, 2007 Syracuse University (Away)
October 20, 2007 Mississippi State (Home)
October 27, 2007 Rutgers (Away)
November 8, 2007 Louisville (Home)
November 17, 2007 Cincinnati (Away)
November 24, 2007 Connecticut (Home)
December 1, 2007 Pittsburgh (Home)
Remember to tailgate before all the games and enjoy some West Virginia Mountaineer football.