The Mountaineer offense was so potent last fall that Sauerbrun finished one punt shy of the 40 required to qualify among the NCAA leaders. (His 45.05-yard average would have placed him third.) Boy, have times changed. "I think I've already qualified this year," says Sauerbrun. For the record, he has punted 37 times this season.
Despite West Virginia's 34-10 win over Missouri last Saturday, the Mountaineer offense is nowhere near what it was a year ago, and Sauerbrun isn't the only West Virginia player who has noticed. "For the spring game I picked my side's team," says strong safety David Mayfield. "I didn't even worry about picking offensive players. I just picked defensive players with the first half-dozen picks."
So how did Mayfield's team fare? "We won 30-0," he says. "Last fall, our offense would have the ball third-and-10, and I wouldn't even get off the bench. This year on third-and-one, my helmet's strapped on. That's terrible, isn't it?"
Not if you're the best punter in the country.