By Bob Hertzel
For the Times West Virginian
Junior running back Andrew Buie, last year’s leading rusher, has withdrawn from West Virginia University and returned to his Jacksonville, Fla., home, according to coach Dana Holgorsen.
Holgorsen, who announced earlier in the week that Buie would redshirt this year and who reportedly had him playing on the scout team, maintains he expects him back in school next semester.
“It’s the same plan,” Holgorsen said on his Thursday night radio show. “He just decided to go home for a semester. He’s enrolled in nine hours that are going to count toward his degree here at West Virginia. He’ll spend time with his family. It’s all about developing mentally and physically, and he can do that down there and come back here in January and be ready to roll.”
If Buie could be no higher than a scout team running back coming off a season in which he rushed for 851 yards, including 207 in an upset win at Texas, it does not stand to reason he will not transfer rather return to the same situation next semester.
Senior Charles Sims, a senior who transferred from the University of Houston, is WVU’s starting running back and comes with rave notices out of Conference USA and was picked as the Big 12s Preseason Newcomer of the Year.
While Sims is gone next year, WVU not only has freshman Wendell Smallwood back along with juniors Dreamius Smith and Dustin Garrison, all ahead of Buie, but Pitt transfer Rushel Shell, a one-time 5-star recruit who left Pitt after gaining 651 yards as a freshman, who will be eligible.