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Excitement Meter Bouncing

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August 26, 2008 11:31 AM

Posted August 26, 2008 (11:32 am)

The needle has started to bounce on the excitement meter here at the home base of the state’s land grant institution.

What signals the start of another football season isn’t just one thing but instead a collection of items. Right on cue, the mornings become cool, school buses begin to roll and the collective beat of the city cranks up a few beats.

Tomorrow night at the Waterfront Place Hotel’s Regatta Bar and Grille we will host the season debut of the Bill Stewart Statewide Sportsline. Coach Stewart will join us from 7 until 9 o’clock and you’re invited to attend or just listen in as we set the stage for Saturday’s opener against Villanova.


If you take pictures during Mountaineer games try to get a shot this Saturday of West Virginia receiver Wes Lyons going against Nova cornerback Salim Koroma. Lyons is listed at 6-feet-8 inches while Koroma measures in at 5-feet-6 and weighs 150 pounds. Don’t be deceived, however, because Koroma intercepted a pass and returned it 42-yards for a touchdown in last season’s opener at Maryland.

Here’s another sizeable piece of info from the Villanova camp. Starting free safety Ross Ventrone currently stands 5-feet-9 and weighs 185 pounds. That’s 87 pounds more than he weighed as a high school freshman when he wrestled at 98 pounds. Ross had a huge growth spurt between his junior and senior season at Chartiers Valley High School in Pittsburgh and played just one season of prep football. Don’t’ take Ross lightly; his brother Ray, who played at Nova as well, is entering his third season with the New England Patriots.

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