BlueGoldNews.com Players of the Game - Syracuse

While our offensive player of the game was a relatively easy choice, several defensive players with big plays made our pick a tough one on that side of the ball.

Offensively, Chris Henry grabs our player of the game nod on the strength of six receptions for 209 yards and two touchdowns. Henry's big plays, which will likely position him for Big East Conference player of the week honors, stuck a dagger in the hopes of the Orangemen more than once on during West Virginia's big win.

Henry repeatedly beat single coverage from the Syracuse secondary to record the monster receiving day, and might have easily topped the 300 yard mark had he come up with another pair of passes that wound up being narrow misses. Rasheed Marshall was also a contender for the award, as he battled through a finger injury to throw the ball well.

"I'm a litte surprised they didn't double cover me," the reticent Henry siad after the game. "But when you have both a running and a passing game, it's tough to cover everything.



Jason Hardee
On defense, lineman Jason Hardee gets the nod for his excellent play against the pass. Hardee deflected at lest two passes, including one to a wide open Syracuse tight end that would have gone for big yardage had he not batted the ball away.

Hardee, playing more than he has ever played in a single game for theMountaineers, added two tackles (unofficially), along with a big sack that thwarted another Syracuse drive.

Hardee has proven to have a knack for knocking down passes along the defensive line, and his big batdowns today were a huge boosts for the Mountaineer defense.


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