September 2, 2007

Rodriguez happy with team's first outing

MORGANTOWN-- After reviewing film from his team's 62-24 win over Western Michigan, West Virginia coach Rich Rodriguez was generally pleased with what he saw. "I was more encouraged after watching the tape than I was right after the game," Rodriguez said. "We missed a couple of assignments, but not as many as is usual for an opening game."

Rodriguez was particularly optimistic over the play of his offensive line and a select group of true freshmen making their college football debuts.

"The offensive line didn't have any penalties up front, and for the most part they picked up their guys, so mainly they just have some fundamental stuff to work on with (WVU offensive line coach) Greg Frey this week," Rodriguez said.

"The two running backs, (Jock) Sanders and (Noel) Devine, both did a solid job. (Linebacker) Pat Lazear did a great job on special teams," he continued. "(Defensive back) Sidney Glover, I thought he did a really good job on special teams. He got to play a good bit on defense, too. Your first game as a true freshman, you're pretty wide-eyed, so it was nice to get those guys out there to get experience. Now they know what they have to work on."

According to Rodriguez, Mountaineer fans should only expect to see more of Sanders and Devine as the season progresses.

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