The Times West Virginian

Bob Herzel

August 30, 2009

Logsdon takes long road to WVU

MORGANTOWN — It is Friday, an off-day for the West Virginia University football players.

Mostly the Puskar Center is a quiet sanctuary from the normal hustle and bustle of a practice day, a few coaches straggling by from time to time. One is defensive graduate assistant George Shehl, the former WVU holder.

“Hey, Shehl, you got time to look at film later?” the voice from the couch says.

Shehl is a bit startled to see a player here on his off-day, assures him that when he gets a few things done, he’ll be available.

Bryan Logsdon smiles and sets a time.

A few seconds later, a visitor asks this virtually unknown walk-on what it says about him that he would be in the building on an off Friday, let alone watching film.

“I’m not the fastest and strongest guy on the team. I’ll never see any playing time if I’m not better than I am right now, so every day I strive to get better, whether it is a lift or a practice or coming in to watch film on a Friday afternoon,” Logsdon answers.

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You may now be getting the idea that Logsdon is somewhat different than the average kid who comes through the West Virginia football program, but you can have no idea how different he is.

Certainly you can’t tell it by looking at him. He looks like he belongs, 6-feet, 5-inches tall, 250 pounds, a body made to play tight end. There’s tattoos and a closely cropped head of black hair, which in a way is a tipoff.

Bryan Logsdon, you see, is as military as his haircut.

In fact, the military has virtually been his entire life, a life that stretches into its 28th year on Oct. 29, the day before WVU plays at South Florida.

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