August 21, 2008

Tailback hierarchy emerges for Mountaineers

MORGANTOWN--His recent sabbatical from the familiar left him with a nuanced appreciation for the duties of a slot receiver. But just when it looked like Mark Rodgers' days in the backfield were numbered, the freshman jitterbug from the Left Coast emerged as the top tailback to Noel Devine on West Virginia's initial two-deep roster, released on Tuesday.

With the listing of Rodgers as the second-team tailback and junior Zach Hulce as the third-teamer, West Virginia's tailback situation gained clarity with its season-opening tilt against Villanova rapidly approaching. The anointment of Rodgers as the front-runner to complement Devine was somewhat surprising, given the fact that the California native had spent much of fall camp learning the slot receiver role to boost depth at that position.

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