Players of the Game - Gator Bowl

There weren't many bright spots in West Virginia's 41-7 loss to Maryland in the Gator Bowl, but these players were the best the Mountaineers had to offer.

Although West Virginia's offense stumbled its way to a lackluster afternoon, junior quarterback Rasheed Marshall performed solidly in his second attempt at a bowl win as the Mountaineer signal-caller. Rasheed received little help from his receiving corps, which repeatedly dropped catchable passes, but the Pittsburgh native still managed to complete 10 of 16 attempts for 87 yards.

Marshall was also a live part of the rushing game plan for the first time in several games. Despite losing one fumble, Rasheed gained 35 yards on eight carries, and recorded the only West Virginia touchdown.

Brian King
On defense, it was senior Brian King that put forth the best performance in his last game in gold and blue. King, who wanted this game worse than any contest in his career, totaled eight solo stops and assisted on two others to lead the Mountaineers with 10 total tackles.

On a day where most of the WVU defense tackled like a flag football unit, King wrestled his opponents to the grass and gave an inspired effort during an otherwise uninspired afternoon. King was also the only Mountaineer defensive back to not get beaten deep for a score.

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