Addae Anxious to Return

As junior safety Jahmile Addae stood on the sidelines in street clothes on Saturday, his face showed a great deal of misery even though his team was winning in convincing fashion. Addae was proud of what his teammates were accomplishing, but the urge to get on the field was uncontrollable.

"It was frustrating," explained the communications major, "I hate to watch games. It is just not something I enjoy. I guess I am spoiled because I have always played at every level. Sitting out kind of took me back to being redshirted as a freshman."

As West Virginia rolled to a 48-7 sinking of the ECU Pirates, Addae could only stand and clap with a shoulder injury that has plagued him throughout the fall keeping him out of the contest. It was a difficult task for the Valrico, FL native, but he was proud of the way sophomore Anthony Mims filled the void.

"Mims came in and did a great job," Addae stated excitedly. "He controlled the defense and did exactly what he had to do."

Coaches often stress the importance of having reserves ready to step in and play, and Addae's backup was more than ready. In his first start as a Mountaineer, Mims recorded three tackles from his free safety slot, and did a great job covering the talented East Carolina receivers. The Los Angeles native's play made most Blue and Gold fans forget that Addae was even out of the game.

Although Addae was pleased with the sophomore's play, he is not willing to hand over his starting role anytime soon.

"I can't wait to get back out there on Saturday," Addae admitted. "It is going to be a major challenge, but I am ready to do my part."

After such a dominating performance in Greenville, many who follow the Mountaineer program are concerned that the team will be overly confident as the Bearcats come to town. After pounding a team for four quarters it is easy to think that you are unbeatable. Addae, however, promises that is not the case for this WVU squad.

"I don't think as a team we are over confident," assured Addae. "We pretty much have level heads, and the coaches keep a close watch on whether we are too high or too low," added the hard-hitting safety. "We will be ready to play on Saturday."

Jahmile also believes that this Cincinnati squad is a solid team and could be a sleeper this season.

"They are a lot better than people think they are," the junior explained. "We will definitely have to bring our ‘A' game if we want to get the win. Cincinnati is not a pushover team."

The main concern for Addae is Bearcat quarterback Gino Guidugli. The junior signal-caller threw for more than 3,500 yards as a sophomore and has some talented receivers to throw it to.

"He is probably one of the better quarterbacks that we will play this year," Addae explained. "He has great vision, he doesn't lock onto receivers, and he understands the game. He lost some good receivers from last year's team, but he had some good ones come in also. It should be a real test for our defense."

Addae has never been one to lack motivation, but spending Saturday on the sidelines has put an even greater drive into the 207-pound safety. Addae refused to even discuss the injury, and instead fully focused his attention and his comments on the explosive Cincinnati team who will be making the trip to Morgantown this weekend. Jahmile was repeatedly asked about the injury but would make only one statement.

"We are going to continue to prepare and we will be ready to go," Addae repeated time and time again.


  • Running back Kay Jay Harris missed part of practice after appearing to injure a knee during Monday's practice. Harris was working on a non-contact drill when he went down, and did not return to practice.

  • True freshman Jules Montinar was in a red shirt and did not participate in Monday's practice session.

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