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West Virginia
2004 Season | Team Page
The Lowdown 2005 Schedule
Coach: Rich Rodriguez (5th season, 2821)
2004 record: 8-4 (Lost to Florida State in Gator Bowl) Big East finish 4-2 (t-1st):
2004 I-A offensive rankings:
Rushing: 7th (252.8 ypg)
Passing: 104th (166.1 ypg)
2004 I-A defensive rankings:
Rushing: 50th (141.1 ypg)
Passing: 32nd (198.3 ypg)
Date Opponent
Sept. 4at Syracuse
Sept. 10Wofford
Sept. 17at Maryland
Sept. 24East Carolina
Oct. 1Virginia Tech
Oct. 8at Rutgers
Oct. 15Louisville
Oct. 22at South Florida
Nov. 2Connecticut
Nov. 9at Cincinnati
Nov. 24Pittsburgh
Depth Chart: Offense
3 returning starters in red
Ps. No. Player Yr. No. Player Yr.
WR82Rayshawn BoldenJr.7Brandon MylesSr.
WR29Joe HunterJr.30Darius ReynaudFr.
WR7Brandon MylesSr.88Dorrell JallohFr.
LT70Travis GarrettSr.61Chris BasslerFr.
LG76Dan MozesJr.55Ryan StanchekFr.
C57Jeremy HinesJr.79Zac NapierSo.
RG65Jeremy SheffeyJr.74Jake FignerFr.
RT69Garin JusticeSr.72John BradshawFr.
TE49Josh BaileySr.45Brad PalmerJr.
QB11Adam BednarikSo.16Dwayne ThompsonSo.
TB24Jason ColsonJr.30Pernell WilliamsSo.
Depth Chart: Defense
4 returning starters in red
Ps. No. Player Yr. No. Player Yr.
DE99Ernest HunterSr.98Johnny DingleSo.
NG66Craig WilsonJr.90Warren YoungJr.
DT96Keilen DykesSo.97Andrae WrightSo.
SLB59Jeff NoechelSr.55Bobby HathawaySo.
MLB42Jay HenryJr.53Marc MagroSo.
WLB43Kevin McLeeJr.8Mortty IvyFr.
CB15Alton McCannSr.28Antonio LewisSo.
CB26Anthony MimsSr.3Larry WilliamsSo.
Spur23Mike LorelloSr.41Eric WicksJr.
Bandit22Ridwan MalikSo.48Akeem JacksonJr.
FS4Jahmile AddaeSr.18Abraham JonesJr.
Special Teams
Ps. No. Player Yr.
K Pat McAfeeFr.
P38Phil BradySr.
KR19Vaughn RiversSo.
PR19Vaughn RiversSo.

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Last season, with hopes of a BCS berth and a shot at a national title, WVU stumbled, finishing 8-4. This season, the Mountaineers will have to regroup after losing Adam "Pac-Man" Jones and Chris Henry early to the NFL Draft and Big East Offensive Player of the Year Rasheed Marshall to graduation.

"It should be an interesting season," said coach Rich Rodriguez. "We've got question marks. We've got a few veterans, more on defense than on offense, but also a bunch of question marks. We've got some talented young guys, but they haven't played.

"A lot of our young guys are going to get experience early in the season -- how they progress will probably determine the outcome of the games."

OFFENSE

Through the end of the spring, the WVU coaching staff did not know the identity of the team's starting quarterback for 2005. They did not know if the Mountaineers would get much-needed help for the receiving corps. And Rodriguez and Co. still have no idea if the injuries that dogged the team in the spring -- especially along the offensive line -- will extend into the season.

At quarterback, Adam Bednarik is a prototype passer for the spread offense and is the odds-on favorite to take over for Marshall. But Bednarik sat out spring drills after shoulder surgery.

"He most thoroughly understands our offensive system," Rodriguez said of Bednarik. "He's the most experienced."

Dwayne Thompson, Pat White and 25-year old J.R. House are also in the QB race.

WVU is loaded at running back, so much so that Jason Colson, the No. 1 tailback, may be moved to receiver, where things are much more sketchy. The most productive returning wideout for the Mountaineers is Brandon Myles, who caught all of six balls last season.

West Virginia's offensive line lost a lot of talent but returns enough -- especially stout guard Dan Mozes -- to piece together an adequate starting unit. The backups, though, are very young and inexperienced.

DEFENSE

Defense is where the Mountaineers have the most experience, and that starts up front. WVU will boast five or six capable linemen for its three-man front.

The biggest news is the emergence of Johnny Dingle, who transferred to Morgantown from the University of Florida. End Ernest Hunter is the unit's leader. But the most dynamic lineman may be sophomore tackle Keilen Dykes.

The soft spot of the Mountaineer defense is at linebacker. The unit does have a talent in Kevin "Boo" McLee at the weak-side spot. But Rodriguez admits that the linebacker positions are a "concern."

In the secondary, the Mountaineers should have no problems. At the spur (outside safety), Mike Lorello has proved to be one of the Big East's best. Behind Lorello is Eric Wicks, a star in the making.

At free safety, Jahmile Addae is a returning All-Big East player. At cornerback, Alton "Dee" McCann has enough ability, according to Rodriguez, to replace Jones.

SPECIALISTS

The kicking may fall to the hands of two true freshmen. Returning punter Phil Brady will be in a battle with Scott Kozlowski, rated the No. 1 punting prospect in the nation by one service. Pat McAfee, rated the No. 1 kicker by the same service, should take over at that position.

FINAL ANALYSIS

West Virginia must find a solid leader at quarterback if it is to maintain its upper-tier status within the Big East. WVU does have some fine young talent and a home schedule that includes both of the likely Big East contenders.

This year's team is flying under the radar, but expect the '05 Mountaineers to win enough games to land another bowl berth and finish in or near the top half of the Big East.

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