MORGANTOWN — Even though they will be without their starting quarterback, Geno Smith, who is healing from an off-season broken foot, West Virginia University’s Mountaineers will show off all their other assets tonight in the annual Gold-Blue scrimmage at Mountaineer Field.
The game, which benefits WVU’s Children’s Hospital, will be preceded by an old-timers game of touch football featuring former Mountaineer players. Kickoff for the old-timers game is 7 p.m.
Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the gate. The parking lots open at 5 p.m.
The Mountaineer Fan Festival in the stadium lot (K2) adjacent to the Ronald McDonald House will be held from 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m., featuring inflatable games for kids and an autograph session with select former Mountaineer football players.
The main event, of course, is the unveiling of the 2010 Mountaineer football team, one that expects to challenge for a Big East championship this year behind the running of Noel Devine, the passing of Smith, the receiving of Jock Sanders and a defense led by nose guard Chris Neild, safety Robert Sands and linebacker J.T. Thomas.
With Smith unable to play, Coley White will quarterback both teams.
Rather than to break his team into two even squads, or to play and offense vs. defense format, coach Bill Stewart has decided it would be best to keep his top players together on one team and play them against the reserves, a format the figures to lead to a one-sided game but that will be of more benefit to the players who will be playing this year.
“We want to get the ones to work together. We’ve not done that at all,’’ Stewart said. “We’ve done mix and match all spring and that’s what our goal was. Now, on Friday night, we want to close and try to put something together.’’