October 8, 2007

Rod opts for a safer option

All things considered, Rich Rodriguez thinks running his quarterback in the option is as safe-maybe safer-than standing him up in the pocket in a dropback game.

Rodriguez made his comments Monday in the Big East teleconference.

"Truthfully, I've seen more quarterbacks get hurt in the pocket than in the option. We've had just one (major injury) in the last two years. I've been running this offense for 16 years, and we haven't had any more or less troubles with it than the dropback guys. Maybe less," he said.

Rod was asked the question because in the last two games, quarterback Pat White, the 2006 Big East offensive player of the year, failed to finish back-to-back contests against USF and Syracuse. Last year, he sat out the Rutgers game with an injury.

Current 8th/9th-ranked WVU was toppled from its 5th ranking in the national polls Sept. 28 by the Bulls, but rebounded Saturday in the Carrier Dome for a complete game whitewash of the woebegone Orange. The Mountaineers (5-1 overall, 1-1 Big East) have Saturday off from a game, but then move on to host Mississippi State on homecoming Saturday, Oct. 26.

In the 21-13 loss to the Bulls, White was taken out by a clean hit to the thigh just before halftime. Quarterback Jarrett Brown entered to finish out the game.

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