Things Of That Nature - Temple

The Mountaineer football team will take Monday off to give a number of bumps and bruises a chance to heal.

West Virginia was a bit shorthanded coming into the Temple contest, and although the Mountaineers cruised to a convincing win, several key players left the contest with injuries, which added to an already lengthy absentee list.

"We usually practice for an hour on Monday, but instead of practicing we're going to have an extended film session," head coach Rich Rodriguez said on Sunday. "We're going to try to rest our legs a little bit, because we are beat and banged up.


The injury list doesn't include any new major injuries, but there are a number of "mid-level" bangups that will affect WVU this week.

Linebacker Scott Gyorko sustained a stinger against Temple, but is probable for this week's game against Boston College. Linebacker Adam Lehnortt bruised a kneecap, which is definitely a painful injury. He is questionable for this week.

Wide receiver Mike Page also suffered a stinger against the Owls and is questionable, while linebacker Grant Wiley's bruised ribs caused him to sit out the second half. He is expected to return for the BC contest.

Two other players who were injured coming in were also reevaluated. Defensive back Brian King reinjured his thumb, and while an xray, proved negative, it is still bothering him. King is expected to play this week. Offensive lineman Ken Sandor, who sat out the game, is still questionable with an ankle sprain.

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There is no change in the status of suspended wide receivers Travis Garvin and J. T. Perry. Rodriguez said he would talk with Garvin on Monday. Perry's suspension seems to be more serious, as Rodriguez termed his suspension "indefinite".

Rodriguez also said that he will talk with "weekly" with defensive lineman Kevin Freeman, who abruptly left the team for a leave of absence on Thursday. Freeman, who is in graduate school at WVU, was playing well in a starting role on the defensive line.

With the holes at wide receiver, Cassel Smith will get some time at wideout in practice this week. He appeared at that position for at least one snap against Temple.

"He'll probably play both," Rodriguez said of the peripatetic Smith, who has bounced from roster spot to roster spot during his WVU career. "We'll get him out there to see if he can be a playmaker. He will get more time at wide receiver this week, especially if our other backs stay healthy."

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On a positive note, the Mountaineers didn't suffer any delays on their trip home from Philadelphia.

"The trip home was outstanding - Planet Airways was efficient, ontime and we had a very smooth trip," a relieved Rodriguez said.

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Rodriguez thought West Virginia's defense read the Temple offense well, which led to the first half stifling of the Owl offense.

"Our recognition was excellent in the first half. That was a big reason our defense was so dominant in the first half.," Rodriguez noted.

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Rodriguez has also begun film work on Boston College, which he views as another big challenge.

"Defensively BC has been extremely dominant all year. They have played really good football. It did not surprise me at all that they beat Notre Dame. In a way I kind of expected it. They are a veteran team, and I thought they matched up well with them.

"They should be extremely confident coming in. We're going to have to make sure we play four quarters and execute better than we did last year against them. I can't say we match up well with BC, because they pounded us on both sides of the ball last year."

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