The Times West Virginian

Bob Herzel

October 19, 2009

Up in the air

No update on Brown’s status

MORGANTOWN — West Virginia football coach Bill Stewart stopped short of saying the hit on quarterback Jarrett Brown that left him unconscious on the field and with a mild concussion was illegal, but he left no doubt he believed it was.

West Virginia had run four offensive plays when Brown pulled the football down and scrambled for a 13-yard gain. At the end of the run a pair of Marshall players converged from his left and right.

Both struck Brown helmet to helmet, the first blow coming from defensive back Ashton Hall just a millisecond ahead of the second blow. The two combined had to rattle Brown’s brain and the quarterback went down like a boxer who had just walked into a George Foreman right.

The rules forbid helmet-to-helmet contact, yet the officials did not throw a flag, and Stewart wouldn’t bite when asked if he felt the hit was legal during his Sunday press briefing.

“I’m going to have to plead the fifth. That is something that is going to be discussed in other venues. But thank you for asking that, because now the point has been made,” Stewart said.

There was no update on Brown or his availability next week when Connecticut comes to Morgantown to face WVU in its Homecoming game. Kickoff is noon Saturday.

“I don’t know anything about Jarrett (Brown) except that we met with Dave Kerns this morning, and we all seem to think that he will be day-to-day. I don’t know if he will play this weekend or not. We will have to see. He won’t practice today, and we’re just going out in helmets and vests. What’s that tell you? That’s not good,” Stewart said.

Stewart said that fullback Ryan Clarke, who missed the Marshall game with a pinched nerve in his neck, will be back next week and probably could have played on Saturday.

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