West Virginia's quick strike offense

The Big East title is at stake this weekend in West Virginia. And for Rutgers, they have the unfortunate task of trying to stop arguably the most talented and creative offense in the league. They will have to play this game with a ton of emotion, yet show composure, in order to continue this dream season.

The #13 Rutgers Scarlet Knights will play the #15 West Virginia Mountaineers this Saturday night at 7:45 PM. The game will be aired nationally on ESPN. A victory for the Scarlet Knights results in a Big East Championship and BCS bid for Rutgers. Prognosticators are predicting that Rutgers would most likely end up in the Orange Bowl on January 2nd, but others feel that the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl would also be possibilities. A loss and Rutgers ends up at the Big East #3 team, and most likely heads to the Texas Bowl in Houston. A huge difference in national perception and revenue is at stake.

Offensively, West Virginia is ranked #2 in the nation in total offense and is averaging 480 yards/game. They average 312 yards rushing/game.

QB/RB- This team is led by QB Pat White and RB Steve Slaton. Earlier in the week, Coach Greg Schiano described them as two-tailbacks in the backfield. That is a pretty fair assessment. This team lives by the run and can take it to the house on any given play. Steve Slaton is the country's 2nd leading rusher and is on track to break the West Virginia single season rushing record. He comes in to this game with 1621 yards rushing on 7.3 yards/carry and 14 TD. He has also caught 22 passes for 303 yards and 2 TD. White has also broken the 1000 yard mark with 1074 yards and 7.5 yards/carry and 17 TD. And when one has tried to crowd the box to stop the run, he has beaten opponents through the air. White has thrown for 1524 yards on 66.5% completion and 11 TD. Owen Schmitt is a great runner and blocker at the fullback position. He provides West Virginia with a great change of pace. He is difficult to tackle one-on-one and gains yardage after contact. On the year he has rushed for 233 yards at 5 yards/carry and 5 TD. He has also caught 12 passes.

WR-Of the receivers, Darius Reynaud plays the slot and is their biggest threat. He is very shifty, strong and dangerous in the open field. West Virginia utilizes a ton of reverse plays with him and he has rushed for 200 yards. As a receiver, he has caught 38 passes for 494 yards. Brandon Myles is tall, athletic, with good speed and vertical leaping ability. They utilize him to spread the field. He has caught 26 passes for 405 yards and 6 TD. Rayshawn Bolden is the 3rd receiver. He is 6'5" and can make plays. Surprisingly, he has only caught 8 passes for 151 yards on the season.

OL- This offensive line is one of the quickest Rutgers will face all year. Their average size is 6'4" 290 pounds. They utilize their athleticism to gain good leverage and create running lanes via their zone-blocking schemes. This will be a test against the speed and quickness of undersized Rutgers defense. At this time it is difficult to determine if this is a good or bad match-up for the Rutgers front four. The star of the OL is SR C Dan Mozes. Mozes is a 2006 pre-season 1st team All-American, a 2004 and 2005 1st team All Big-East performer, and a finalist for the Remington and Outland trophies. SO. Ryan Stanchek and FR. Greg Isdaner are 1st year starters and man the right side of the offensive line. SO Jake Figner is also a 1st year starter at LT. SR. LG Jeremy Sheffey is a three-year starter at the position.

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