by Michael Carvelli
DEVINE POISED FOR BREAKOUT
Three games into the 2010 season, senior running back Noel Devine has gotten off to a great start about as quietly as can be.
While his touchdown numbers aren’t quite what a lot of fans expected them to be at and the passing game is taking a lot of the headlines, he has topped 100 yards rushing in all three games this year.
But he could be poised for big game when the 'Eers take on LSU Saturday in Death Valley. Throughout his career, Devine has had a knack for having big games against big opponents-- especially those from the SEC. Last year in road loss to Auburn he rushed 15 times for 128 yards and three touchdowns
BRANDON HOGAN UPDATE
It appears as if the suspension of West Virginia cornerback Brandon Hogan could possibly be coming to an end soon. After initially saying that he was unsure as to when Hogan would even be returning to practice, Mountaineer head coach Bill Stewart allowed his senior defensive back return to practice on Tuesday. According to Stewart, his status for the LSU game is still unknown.
“Brandon Hogan is in an evaluation period by me,” Stewart said. “He’s going to practice and I will watch him work.
“If he is to play this week, he will have earned the right to play according to my standards and my standards alone.”
WVU READY FOR HOSTILE ENVIRONMENT
In West Virginia’s road contest with Marshall two weeks ago, the Mountaineers played in front of 41,382 fans. The crowd at Tiger Stadium on Saturday night will be double that as they are expecting a sellout crowd in the stadium that holds nearly 93,000 fans.
“We’ve never been in that kind of atmosphere, but I’m expecting a crazy one,” running back Noel Devine said. “A crazy environment is exciting to play in.”
• West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith and defensive end Bruce Irvin were named the Big East Conference’s Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week. Smith went 19 of 29 for 268 yards and a career-high four touchdowns while Irvin recorded three sacks and a forced fumble against Maryland.
• Bill Stewart said that he expects linebacker Pat Lazear and offensive lineman Josh Jenkins to play this week against LSU. Lazear has missed the first three games of the year with a severe bone bruise and Jenkins left the Maryland game with a knee injury.
-- Michael Carvelli, EerSports.com