MORGANTOWN — Eddie Davis had seen the play before.
West Virginia University’s offense was down near the goal line, just like it had been seven or eight plays earlier when Jarrett Brown hit Alric Arnett with a fade for a touchdown to the right.
Now they decided to try to the left, to try Eddie Davis and see how he reacted.
Brown went back to pass. Davis seemed to know what was coming. He stepped in and grabbed the ball.
“He would have gone 95 yards,” coach Bill Stewart would say, failing to finish the rest of the statement, saying he didn’t because this was practice, not a game, and a 6 a.m. practice at that.”
No one should have to run 95 yards that early in the morning.
Eddie Davis is coming on as a cornerback, which is something the Mountaineers dearly need with Ellis Lankster gone and auditions being held for his replacement.
There are those who say that Davis has catlike quickness back there, which is quite fitting, considering he has to feel as though he’s in ninth life as a West Virginia football player.
He came to West Virginia as a running back out of Freedom High in Tampa, then was moved to wide receiver, then to defense.
Don’t ask him about his prior lives.
“I can’t even think about those positions,” he said. “That will only hold me back from getting better at this position.”
And that’s just what Davis has done. He says he’s comfortable at the corner, and he certainly has caught Stewart’s attention.
“I’m happy for Eddie,” Stewart said. “He was on the watch list.”
Stewart was just getting started but it is necessary to interrupt here to explain what he meant by being on the “watch list.”
MORGANTOWN — Eddie Davis had seen the play before.
- WVU Sports
Bussie looks forward to WNBA
On Tuesday, the weather turned cold, the wind blew and amongst the raindrops that fell a few snowflakes fluttered quietly to Earth.
It was as if it was a celebration of Asya Bussie being drafted on Monday night by the Minnesota Lynx, champions of the WNBA, with the third selection of the second round, the 15th overall pick of the draft.
WVU’s Harlee named Big 12 Scholar-Athlete
The Big 12 Conference announced its Scholar-Athlete of the Year recipients for the 2014 winter sport season, and West Virginia University senior Jess Harlee earns the honor for women’s basketball.
Harlee was selected as the award winner based on a vote of each respective sport’s head coaching group, with coaches not permitted to vote for their own student-athletes.
Gyorko, Padres agree to extension
Jedd Gyorko, who hasn’t hit much of anything with a .178 start on this season, hit the jackpot on Monday, signing a six-year contract extension with the San Diego Padres for $35 million with a one-year club option at $13 million.
HERTZEL COLUMN- Spring game showed defense has improved
From Dana Holgorsen’s viewpoint, which was standing right behind the offense, West Virginia’s Gold-Blue Spring Game on Saturday was a rousing success for it showed very little of what the Mountaineers will be in this coming season, probably not even showcasing the man who will direct the offense in the quarterback position.
WVU signs guard; Adrian arrested for DUI
There was something good and something bad for West Virginia men’s basketball coach Bob Huggins this past weekend as Kansas junior college player Tarik Phillip committed to play for the Mountaineers but rising sophomore Nathan Adrian was charged with Under 21 DUI after he was stopped at 1:20 a.m. Sunday for an expired registration sticker.
FURFARI COLUMN- Most plays good, some not so good in Gold-Blue scrimmage
There appeared to be a fine mixture of plays, most good with some not so good, in last Saturday’s West Virginia University’s Gold-Blue football scrimmage.
HERTZEL COLUMN- Garrison still proving he can carry the ball
The running back raves from the West Virginia coaching this spring have been directly mostly toward Wendell Smallwood, and rest assured he earned every one of them with his versatility, but it was a reborn running back who well may have taken the biggest jump up the depth chart.
WVU baseball drops seventh straight game
One’s athletic skills are tested on a daily basis but every so often other aspects of an athlete’s makeup are tested, often far more important aspects in the game of life.
Gold-Blue Game answers few questions at quarterback
Dana Holgorsen finds himself in a quarterback quandary.
He’s looking to have one quarterback and has five of them as spring practice ends, and nothing about the spring session has done anything to straighten out the situation.
Moore ‘back at home’ under center
There are a couple of ways to look at what Logan Moore did this spring after being moved back to quarterback and given a chance to compete for what is a wide open job, as wide open at the end of the spring as it was coming in.
The first is to say that he didn’t wow Dana Holgorsen to the point that he’s willing to say he’s the leader going into summer drills, but that would be shortsighted considering from where Moore came.
- More WVU Sports Headlines
- Bussie looks forward to WNBA