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2010 Big East Prospectus Part 7: West Virginia

Editor’s Note: This is part seven of an eight part series giving analysis of each of the eight teams in the Big East Football Conference, proceeding alphabetically, but ending with Syracuse. Two new teams will be released each weekday for the next four days, leading up to the start of the Syracuse Football season. Feel free to use the comment section to supplement the facts and analysis presented, however the opinions will stand. Enjoy and I hope you are looking forward to the new Big East football season as much as I am. Part 6 can be found here.

West Virginia

Preview – Bill Stewart, who seems more like a happy grandfather than a football coach, sits on his third season at the helm of West Virginia. And he has another solid team. QB Jarrett Brown is gone and sophomore Geno Smith is now under center. He has played a little big previously, but in general he is pretty untested. Good thing he has WR Jock Sanders (72rec, 688yds, 9.6avg, 3 TD) who was solid last year and will be solid his senior season. Then again, they also have stud running back Noel Devine (241car, 1465yds, 6.1avg, 13 TD) who is an absolute game changer and a beast of a running back. The defense is also talented with nine returning starters, a beastly front seven, and a pretty talented secondary. Pat Lazear is the top tackler from last season, and there are all conference players up front. This will be a tough defense to move on. WVU is an absolutely talented team that can earn double digit wins this season.

Key Returning Players – RB Noel Devine, WR Jock Sanders, LB Pat Lazear

Key Losses – QB Jarrett Brown, WR Alric Arnett, OT Selvish Capers

My Thoughts – West Virginia should overcome a pedestrian quarterback this season seeing as they have a top talent wideout and an even more talented running back. Not only that but there defense will shut down various teams. They should challenge Pittsburgh and the other conference heavies for the league title this year, and they will probably cruise to several wins this season.

Will We Beat Them – We’re playing in Morgantown and their team defense will be very tough. On top of that they have proven Orange killer Noel Devine back. This will not be pretty for Syracuse. Same as it ever was. They will probably be keeping that trophy in their case yet another year.

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