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West Virginia loses top rusher Garrison for bowl

Posted on: December 30, 2011 11:55 pm
 

Posted by Adam Jacobi

As West Virginia gears up for its first Orange Bowl in program history on January 4 against Clemson, it will have to do so without its leading rusher. Freshman tailback Dustin Garrison injured the ACL and MCL in his left knee on Friday, according to the WVU athletic department. The torn ligaments will require surgery and six months of rehabilitation.

Garrison tallied 742 yards and six touchdowns on the season, and the next-highest rusher for the Mountaineers is junior tailback Shawne Alston, who has 77 rushes for 339 yards and two scores on the year. Freshman running backs Vernard Roberts and Andrew Buie have also seen limited action for the Mountaineers, but their carries have largely dried up as the season has gone on.

Moreover, West Virginia's strength lies mainly in its passing game, and the Mountaineers' ACC-leading aerial assault should be at full strength for the game. QB Geno Smith has led West Virginia to 35 points a game and over 340 passing yards per game, so as long as that personnel remains in place, the loss of Garrison shouldn't be too devastating for the Mountaineers. But still, this is the loss of a leading rusher we're talking about, so unplanned adjustments will have to be made over the next few days.

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Since: Mar 7, 2008
Posted on: January 1, 2012 7:05 am
 

West Virginia loses top rusher Garrison for bowl

redskins#44 , you created an account yesterday just to knock on the ACC and talk a little smack ? your New Years resolution should be to try to be less of an ignorant turd and find something constructive to say rather than sound like an 11 year old . 



Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: December 31, 2011 2:11 pm
 

West Virginia loses top rusher Garrison for bowl

It appears that Dustin Garrison isn't the only one who won't make an appearance @ the Orange Bowl. As of New Year's Eve, you could purchase a ticket to this "Nobody Cares Bowl" for the low,low price of $11. My sources in South Florida are saying that prices will drop to $3.75 a seat by gametime. These same sources are denying reports that Orange Bowl officials are sending cruise ships to Havana to bring several thousand Cubans back to Met Life Stadium to fill up the empty sections. ESPN had been rumored to be financing this bold initiative to convince America that people actually care to watch this contest outside of the sports books in Nevada.



Since: Dec 31, 2011
Posted on: December 31, 2011 11:37 am
 

the Mountaineers' ACC-leading aerial assault ????

I would love for West Virginia to put an annual beat down on over-hyped Clemson, Virginia, Maryland & the rest of the wack ACC teams. The ACC was a joke until Florida State came to town.



Since: Oct 26, 2006
Posted on: December 31, 2011 9:08 am
 

West Virginia loses top rusher Garrison for bowl

Vernard Roberts is an academic casualty, and is no longer on the team. WVU's RB Corps is down to Buie and Alston. Buie is another true freshman. He was injured early in the season, and this is when Garrison replaced him as starter. Alston has had some good performances... most notably... against RU on a snow covered turf. Will there be similar conditions in Miami next week?



Since: Mar 7, 2008
Posted on: December 31, 2011 8:06 am
 

West Virginia loses top rusher Garrison for bowl

I actually had hoped that the ACC would have invited WVU into the league during its raids of the big east , BC and Pitt and Syracuse ? Those teams are of course welcome...but the Mountaineers would have been a great instant addition. IMo



Since: Feb 15, 2010
Posted on: December 31, 2011 3:15 am
 

West Virginia loses top rusher Garrison for bowl

I guess I missed the announcement that the Mountaineers joined the ACC instead of the Big 12?




Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: December 31, 2011 12:53 am
 

West Virginia loses top rusher Garrison for bowl

Mountaineers ACC-leading aerial assault? Didn't know WVU was in the ACC this is news to me...


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