WVU notes: Bruce’s suspension forces WR shuffle
West Virginia’s offense will be a receiver short due to sophomore Jeremy Bruce’s indefinite team suspension following his arrest Sunday for alleged drunken driving. Sophomore Dorrell Jalloh will replace Bruce on the two-deep depth chart at slot receiver, and third backup quarterback Nate Sowers has recovered from a hamstring injury enough to add more depth there. Sowers is one of the fastest players on the team, coach Rich Rodriguez said.
• Only cable TV systems offering pay-per-view in West Virginia are permitted to carry the Mississippi State game.
“It’s kind of like a Mike Tyson fight,” Rodriguez said.
However, Rodriguez said he’s disappointed that the game won’t be carried in the South, because that’s been an area of recruiting emphasis for the Mountaineers in recent years.
West Virginia currently ranks:
• 2nd in rushing offense (299.7 yards per game)
• 93rd in passing offense (157.2)
• 34th in total defense (289.2)
• 10th in net punting (40.2)
• 7th in kick returns (27.7)
• Mississippi State quarterback Omarr Conner was heavily recruited by West Virginia because of his versatility. Conner, who moved from wideout into the lineup at quarterback after starter Michael Henig broke his collarbone, has completed 58 percent of his 76 passes for 568 yards with one touchdown and one interception. He’s also rushed for 119 yards. The Bulldogs’ struggling offense ranks 114th (235.8 yards) in the nation.
1-9-1 – Mississippi State’s recent record on grass against teams (like West Virginia) that run the spread offense.
75 – Size of West Virginia’s traveling squad for the Mississippi State game.
– By Rick Starr
is a former freelancer.