Making An Impact

There is a great deal of hype around the true freshman skill position players on the West Virginia offense, but another newcomer, albeit one that got a head start, is making his own splash on the 2007 Mountaineer football team.

The softspoken and polite exterior that Sidney Glover shows in an interview setting belies the ferocity he plays with on the field, and it was just that attribute that has earned him early playing time this year. Defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel noted that Glover "started showing up in some of our scrimmages," and that statement has proved to be something of an understatement. Glover took on Owen Schmitt in a memorable collision during fall camp, and he hasn't stopped hitting since.

The trend continued during WVU's 62-24 win over Western Michigan, when Glover, playing on the kickoff team, recorded two tackles with crushing open field hits. The second forced a WMU fumble, and although the Broncos recovered the loose ball, the potential that he showed as a playmaker on special teams was evident. He also saw time late in the game on defense, and made his presence felt there as well, racking up a pair of tackles including a sack for a four-yard loss.

Less ballyhooed that players such as Noel Devine, Jock Sanders and Brandon Hogan, Glover nonetheless may have had the greatest impact on the game among all the freshmen that played. He was admittedly helped by his early enrollment at West Virginia, wherein he graduated early from high school and began taking classes in January, 2007. That allowed him to participate in spring football, which gave him a big head start in learning the Mountaineer system, but there's not much doubt that he would have avoided a redshirt anyway.

In this interview, Glover discusses his first collegiate game and the help that the early start provided him.

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