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College Football Preview: 24. West Virginia Mountaineers

West Virginia Mountaineers, Number Twenty Four, Key Loss: QB Jarrett Brown
When you think of elite running backs in college football currently who do you think of? Mark Ingram? Maybe a Jacquizz Rodgers or LaMichael James type of guy? Add Mountaineer Noel Devine. Devine, an All Conference Selection, can dominate defenses with his mix of speed and power. The quarterback situation is a problem for West Virginia. Geno Smith looks to be the starter with Jarrett Brown and the offense will have to adjust to him after Pat White and Brown, two strong scramblers compared to Smith who is a pocket QB. The rest of the offense returns but isn't too much to speak of. On defense, coach Bill Stewart has true talent in linebacker J.T. Thomas who wrecks havoc on opposing lines. Nose tackle Chris Nield isn't too be took lightly either. The secondary is very strong with senior Brandon Hogan(an All Conference Selection) and junior Keith Tandy. Junior safety Robert Sands can stuff up passing lanes. On special teams, Tyler Bittancourt is a fantastic kicker but the punter situation is nothing to speak of.

Heisman Hopeful: Noel Devine
Other Notable Players: J.T. Thomas
Key Games: Nov. 13 vs. Cincinnati Quick Pick: A great game means a challenge for Cincy's Zach Collaros against a fantasitc West Virginia defense. Mountaineers win.
Nov. 26 vs. Pittsburgh Quick Pick: The backyard brawl should be a ground war as both lost quartebacks and Noel Devine goes up against Dion Lewis.

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