September 13, 2007

Tiny Devine casts big shadow against Terps

COLLEGE PARK, MD-- After running for 137 yards and three touchdowns against Maryland on Thursday night, WVU tailback Steve Slaton must have been a little surprised when an unusually small contingent of reporters greeted him following the game. Slaton didn't have to look far for the cause, however; a few feet away, diminutive Noel Devine held court among the jesters.

The freshman, who gained one less rushing yard than Slaton on five breathtaking carries to help the Mountaineers improve to 3-0, took the pulsating mass of human interest in stride. "My linemen gave
me a lot of big holes tonight, so I've got to give them all the credit," Devine said. "Also, give credit to (WVU strength and conditioning coach) Mike Barwis for all the hard workouts he put me
through this summer."

Although Devine tried to downplay his contribution to the Mountaineers' 31-14 victory, his teammates and coaches were clearly in awe of what the native of North Fort Myers, Fla., was able to accomplish in his first nationally televised performance.

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