Bits and Bytes: WVU - Coastal Carolina

Some final bits of information and observations as the final hours tick down to the kickoff of WVU's 2010 football season.

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Sat 9/4/10 3:30 PM

Morgantown, WV

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Record: 40-0
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SHIFTING DUTIES

Just as West once tried, a long time ago, to move quarterback Eric Boykin to tight end, so too have the Chants. Jamie Childers, who accounted for 452 yards and six scores in spot duty a year ago, has been switched to the pass catching spot, where he'll team with David Duran to give Coastal perhaps its best offensive threat.

However, according to a tidbit from the CCU camp, don't be surprised to see Boykin take a snap or two at quarterback during games. Head coach David Bennett could use Childers, who stands six feet, five inches and checks in at 225 pounds, in some situations as a dual threat. West Virginia isn't a stranger to this sort of tactic, having faced %%MATCH_13%%' Mohamed Sanu in a similar role, but Childers' appearance at QB could be a bit of a surprise.


KEEPING SCORE

Do you evaluate the results of a game by the score? Well, of course. We all do. But using it as a barometer of how a team plays is just as dangerous as using any single statistic to make far-reaching conclusions.

I've read and heard many statements this week about how West Virginia must score 45 or 50 points against Coastal Carolina in order for the game to be considered a success. To which I reply, 'Hogwash.' Or perhaps, some other farm animal by-product.

Many factors can make the score of a game misleading. One team might dominate play, yet suffer three turnovers that eliminates scoring chances. One mistake in the red zone can change seven points to three. An inferior foe might simply try to shorten the game and limit possessions. And have you forgotten about the ever-changing clock rules? Those have cut the average number of snaps per game from 80 to below 70 in most cases – another factor that certainly affects scoring.

All we're saying is this: watch the game, and evaluate all aspects of play. Don't be an AP voter and just compare scores.


UPSTAIRS, DOWNSTAIRS

West Virginia's game day assignments will have Jeff Mullen, Dave McMichael, Steve Dunlap and Bill Kirelawich in the press box, with the remaining five assistants on the field.


BIG GAINS

Of all the numbers that Noel Devine has piled up, some of the most impressive come in big chunks. The senior back has 11 runs of 56 yards or more in his career, which showcases his ability to break a big gain on any play.

Oddly enough, Devine does not have any rushes in the 40-yard range in his career. After the 56-yard gainer, his next longest run was for 37 yards.


FILLER

Coastal Carolina's media release for the game includes a listing of the equipment in their weight room. Highlights: TRX Bands, 14 step-up boxes, 32 Perform Better medicine balls, 35 Dynamax medicine balls, and 10 physio balls. Left off the list were the contents of the maintenance closet.


UNFAIR

Without many stats to peruse before the opening game, this thought comes to mind about starts – it's a totally inequitable stat. Kickers and punters, for example, never get credited for a start (even though one kicker is on the field for the first play of every game). And shouldn't the guys that win the punting, snapping and holding jobs get starting credit?

In these days of multiple formations, players may get credit for a start just because they are on the field for the first offensive play from scrimmage, even though they might only play a handful of snaps the entire game. Perhaps it's time to change the rules for crediting starts?

In any event, senior defensive lineman Scooter Berry enters the CCU game as West Virginia's current leader in starts with 28. Jock Sanders is the offense's leader with 25. (Note that if our modified rules were in place, holder Jeremy Kash would be the leader with 34.)


AT THE SURFACE

This will be just the fifteenth game that Coastal Carolina will have played on artificial turf. CCU has played 65 of the 79 games of its existence on real grass, and has been quite successful. The Chants are 46-19 in those games, as opposed to just 4-10 on artificial surfaces.


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