Previewing UNLV's 2010 Opponents: West Virginia Mountaineers


West Virginia's Stats for the 2009 Season:

Head Coach Bill Stewart
Record 9-4 (5-2)
Bowl Game 33-21 loss to FSU


Returning Starters for West Virginia:

 

Side of the Ball Position Player
Offense Tackle Don Barclay
Offense Running Back Noel Devine
Offense Guard Josh Jenkins
Offense Center Eric Jobe
Offense Guard Joe Madsen
Offense Wide Receiver Jock Sanders
Offense Wide Receiver Bradley Starks
Offense Tight End Tyler Urban
Defense Free Safety Sidney Glover
Defense Cornerback Brandon Hogan
Defense Linebacker Pat Lazear
Defense Defensive End Julian Miller
Defense Defensive Tackle Chris Neild
Defense Strong Safety Robert Sands
Defense Cornerback Keith Tandy
Defense Tackle Josh Taylor
Defense Linebacker J.T. Thomas
Special Teams Kicker Tyler Bitancurt

West Virginia returns so many players, it's hard to not see them win 10 games, especially since they play in the Big East. They lost a Tackle, Quarterback, and Wide Receiver on offense. Those are some pretty key positions, but considering that their star running back is back for another season, this offense shouldn't struggle very much. The defense only lost half their D-Line, which could be a good or bad thing. Having the entire secondary and linebacking core back in a 4-3 defense is really good news and passing against this team will be tough, but losing half of your D-Line could really open you up to the run.

The Mountaineers' 2010 schedule isn't too bad for a team of their caliber. They have Maryland and LSU scheduled in non-conference and have 2 or 3 good teams to face in the Big East. The Non-Conference schedule includes Coastal Carolina, Marshall, Maryland, LSU and UNLV. The Challenges come a few weeks in with LSU as their fourth game of the season and Maryland as the third. After that is USF at game #6 and then there isn't really much competition until they face Cincinnati on November 13th. Pittsburgh is their last challenge and that comes as the second to last game of the season on a Friday.

More analysis of West Virginia after the jump...

Strengths of West Virginia

The Mountaineers have liked to throw the football around a lot under Bill Stewart, but that should have to change this year. With the Mountaineers not returning their starting QB and them also returning starting RB Noel Devine, we should see a lot more handoffs in this offense. Now don't get me wrong, Stewart isn't going to completely abandon the pass. He does have to great receivers returning and that will make the load on the QB much easier. But do expect to see Noel Devine getting a lot of carries.

West Virginia's defense will be good this coming season. They return 9 starters with them only losing two defensive linemen. They should be a great defense at defending the pass, with the entire secondary and linebacking core returning. They should be good on defense unless going up against a team with a particularly good Running Back (Pittsburgh).

Weakness of West Virginia

On Offense, their isn't much of an issue. Running really won't be a problem with a star running back and 4 out of 5 offensive linemen returning. Two of the three starting receivers are returning plus the Tight End, so there isn't going  to be much of a catching problem. If there is any issue on offense, it probably is QB. This will be Bill Stewart's third starting QB in 3 years which means that there isn't much cohesion between the QB and really anyone.

The Mountaineers' Defensive issues aren't many, but the main one could be stopping the run. They don't return half their defensive line and their linebackers are made for pass coverage, not run stoppage. Depending on how the two new Defensive Linemen play when they step in will say it all when it comes to stopping the run for this defense. This defense should stop any Air Raid team or Spread offense. But the issues are going to be stopping a dominant running back. This defense will be dominant in probably 10 out of 12 games this season.

West Virginia's Style of Play

As I hinted at earlier in this post, Bill Stewart loves to pass the football. That has always been his style of play, with the offense scoring 26.2 points per game last season. Unfortunately, the starting QB isn't really prepared to throw as much as Stewart would like him to. So expect to see a lot of pound the ball, play actions and a few deep passes on occassion. Expect the scoring average to go down somewhat.

How do UNLV and West Virginia stack up

UNLV does not measure up to many of their non-conference opponents, including West Virginia. With such strength at running back, West Virginia should destroy UNLV on the ground, opening up the passing game and keeping the defense completely off-balance. UNLV's offense should struggle against a Mountaineer defense returning nine starters.

Here are the rest of the statistics for West Virginia:

2010 West Virginia Football Schedule


Mountaineers Football Schedule

Coastal Carolina Sat 09/04 12:30 PM PDT
@ Marshall Fri 09/10 4:00 PM PDT
Maryland Sat 09/18 9:00 AM PDT
@ LSU Sat 09/25 5:00 PM PDT
UNLV Sat 10/09 12:30 PM PDT
South Florida Thu 10/14 4:30 PM PDT
Syracuse Sat 10/23 TBA
@ Connecticut Fri 10/29 5:00 PM PDT
Cincinnati Sat 11/13 TBA
@ Louisville Sat 11/20 TBA
@ Pittsburgh Fri 11/26 TBA
Rutgers Sat 12/04 TBA


2010 West Virginia Football Roster

 


West Virginia Mountaineers Football Roster

offense # Pos. DOB W H College
Shawne Alston 20 RB - 222 6-0 freshman
Maxwell Anderson 33 FB - 235 6-0 junior
Alric Arnett 82 WR - 189 6-2 senior
Tavon Austin 1 RB - 164 5-9 freshman
Stedman Bailey 35 WR - 193 5-10 freshman
Don Barclay 64 OL - 291 6-4 sophomore
John Bassler 60 OL - 296 6-4 freshman
Cole Bowers 71 OL - 294 6-5 freshman
Jeffrey Braun 57 OL - 300 6-4 freshman
Payton Brooks 21 WR - 190 6-1 senior
Jarrett Brown 16 QB - 223 6-4 senior
Selvish Capers 66 OL - 298 6-5 senior
Ryan Clarke 43 FB - 228 6-0 freshman
Carmen Connolly 26 WR - 189 5-11 senior
Jack Crow 25 WR - 168 5-10 senior
Josh DePasquale 18 QB - 181 6-1 sophomore
Noel Devine 7 RB - 176 5-8 junior
Pat Eger 72 OL - 275 6-6 freshman
Andrew Goldblaugh 84 WR - 158 5-9 freshman
Daquan Hargrett 24 RB - 182 5-6 freshman
Logan Heastie 2 WR - 194 6-2 freshman
Brandon Hogan 22 WR - 191 5-10 junior
Zach Hulce 15 RB - 195 5-9 junior
Josh Jenkins 77 OL - 290 6-3 sophomore
Eric Jobe 61 OL - 289 6-2 junior
Nick Kindler 73 OL - 272 6-6 freshman
Scott Loving 85 TE - 222 6-2 senior
Ian Loy 10 QB - 168 6-1 freshman
Wes Lyons 4 WR - 231 6-8 senior
Joseph Madsen 74 OL - 291 6-4 freshman
Ryan Nehlen 11 WR - 204 6-2 freshman
Chris Palmer 91 OL - 285 6-6 freshman
Levi Pardee 58 OL - 294 6-6 freshman
Mike Poitier 19 RB - 165 5-8 senior
Reginald Rembert 88 WR - 155 5-7 freshman
Joe Rhein 70 OL - 265 6-1 sophomore
Mark Rodgers 23 RB - 175 5-8 sophomore
Jock Sanders 9 RB - 178 5-7 junior
Geno Smith 12 QB - 195 6-3 freshman
Chad Snodgrass 65 OL - 291 6-4 sophomore
Ryan Spiker 76 OL - 303 6-3 freshman
Bradley Starks 14 WR - 185 6-3 sophomore
Matt Timmerman 59 OL - 291 6-3 junior
Jon Walko 67 OL - 290 6-6 senior
Jordan Weingart 79 OL - 296 6-2 freshman
Coley White 8 QB - 173 6-0 freshman
J.D. Woods 12 WR - 190 6-0 freshman
defense # Pos. DOB W H College
Franchot Allen 20 DB - 205 6-0 senior
Tyler Anderson 56 LB - 221 6-2 freshman
Scooter Berry 93 DL - 294 6-1 junior
Brantwon Bowser 41 DB - 192 5-11 sophomore
Branko Busick 55 LB - 227 6-0 freshman
Nick Cadwell 18 DB - 175 5-9 freshman
Will Clarke 88 DE - 257 6-6 freshman
Josh Contraquerro 53 LB - 209 5-11 freshman
Darwin Cook 25 DB - 191 5-11 freshman
Zac Cooper 57 DE - 230 6-3 senior
Dominik Davenport 95 DL - 264 6-1 freshman
Eddie Davis 3 DB - 188 6-0 junior
Guesly Dervil 10 DB - 190 5-11 senior
Curtis Feigt 98 DL - 257 6-6 freshman
Zach Flynt 50 LB - 212 6-0 senior
Larry Ford 92 DE - 252 6-3 junior
Terence Garvin 28 DB - 212 6-2 freshman
Sidney Glover 11 DB - 204 5-11 junior
Najae Goode 52 LB - 234 6-1 sophomore
Ovid Goulbourne 49 LB - 229 6-1 senior
Glenn Gress 69 DL - 249 6-2 sophomore
Trippe Hale 29 DB - 204 5-10 junior
DeMar Harmon 32 DB - 207 5-9 freshman
C.J. Huffman 78 DL - 278 6-2 sophomore
Brodrick Jenkins 9 DB - 175 5-10 freshman
Will Johnson 6 FB - 232 6-2 junior
Derek Knight 35 DB - 201 5-11 sophomore
Ricky Kovatch 41 FB - 230 6-1 sophomore
J.B. Lageman 59 DE - 258 6-3 freshman
Pat Lazear 31 LB - 231 6-1 junior
Anthony Leonard 45 LB - 237 6-1 junior
Matt Lindamood 30 FB - 221 6-0 freshman
Bryan Logsdon 86 FB - 253 6-5 sophomore
Da'von Marion 34 DB - 200 6-0 freshman
Bob Mary 34 LB - 215 6-0 junior
Donovan Miles 51 LB - 221 6-2 freshman
Julian Miller 97 DL - 251 6-4 sophomore
Pat Miller 6 DB - 181 5-10 freshman
Chris Neild 90 DL - 298 6-2 junior
Benji Powers 23 DB - 181 5-11 sophomore
Tyler Rader 88 FB - 252 6-3 sophomore
Taige Redman 41 LB - 212 6-0 freshman
Kent Richardson 17 DB - 194 5-11 senior
Jordan Roberts 31 DB - 209 5-10 freshman
Noel Roman 45 FB - 243 6-0 freshman
Robert Sands 28 DB - 215 6-5 sophomore
Jonathan Scott 4 DB - 189 6-5 freshman
Tim Shamblin 89 FB - 224 6-1 sophomore
D.J. Shaw 95 DL - 280 6-1 senior
Lawrence Smith 15 DB - 179 5-9 freshman
Eain Smith 24 DB - 202 5-11 sophomore
Chris Snook 45 FB - 220 6-3 freshman
Nate Sowers 12 DB - 211 6-1 senior
Courtney Stuart 27 DB - 211 6-2 junior
Keith Tandy 25 DB - 195 5-10 sophomore
Josh Taylor 94 DL - 272 6-1 sophomore
J.T. Thomas 30 LB - 225 6-2 junior
Andy Thomas 9 DB - 203 6-0 freshman
Tyler Urban 89 FB - 244 6-5 sophomore
Casey Vance 43 LB - 219 5-9 sophomore
Citrine Warren 96 DE - 265 6-3 senior
Bobby Weston 53 FB - 225 6-1 freshman
Reed Williams 47 LB - 232 6-1 senior
Anthony Wood 13 DB - 200 6-0 senior
Jorge Wright 91 DL - 268 6-2 freshman
specialists # Pos. DOB W H College
Tyler Bitancurt 14 K - 180 6-1 freshman
Keith Coffindaffer 46 K - 166 5-10 freshman
Jeremy Kash 48 LS - 208 5-10 junior
Scott Kozlowski 37 P - 191 5-11 senior
Josh Lider 46 K - 195 6-2 senior
Trent Lusk 29 LS - 195 5-9 freshman
Trevor Mathews 38 P - 223 6-4 junior
Cody Nutter 87 LS - 226 6-3 freshman
Gregg Pugnetti 36 P - 216 6-1 junior
Ben Rios 17 K - 215 6-2 sophomore
Cameron Starke 17 K - 155 5-10 freshman
Thomas Thayer 35 LS - 221 5-10 freshman

 

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