Posted Tuesday, September 30, 2008 (10:30 am)
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It would be easy for the Mountaineers to look past Rutgers since the Scarlet Knights have never won a game (0-15) in Morgantown. What we’ve learned in the first month of the season is that no team … that’s NO team can look past another. Just ask USC, Florida, Wisconsin, etc.
The beauty of the college game is that there are so many unexpected results. And in the case of the Mountaineers, they are still so much of a work in progress that there’s no reason to look past anyone.
Apparently WVU coaches like the changes they made in the starting lineup last Saturday against Marshall. This week’s depth chart released today has sophomore Brandon Hogan once again starting at cornerback and true freshman Robert Sands getting the nod at free safety.
Another depth chart note of interest, Jarrett Brown is now listed as a back-up at receiver and quarterback.
The Mountaineers are currently second in the Big East in scoring defense, quite an accomplishment for a unit with so many first time starters. West Virginia is first in the Big East in red zone defense and 14th nationally, meaning they truly do bend but do not break.
Other numbers of importance: The Mountaineers are second in the Big East in rushing and punting. The WVU defense leads the league in turnover margin, while the offense has allowed the fewest sacks.
Individually, Quinton Andrews is second in the conference in tackles with 34 stops.
Who are the two most accurate passers in the history of West Virginia University football?
Answer: Pat White and Jarrett Brown. White is the all-time leader at 65 percent; Brown has completed 63 percent of his throws. You must have 100 attempts to qualify. In case you’re wondering, Marc Bulger is third on the list, followed by Jake Kelchner and Mike Sherwood.
By the way, White is second on the all-time list for interception avoidance. Jeff Hostetler is number one on the list for fewest picks per attempt.