April 17, 2006

These men also stand for Mountaineer football

MORGANTOWN--The testimonials keep on coming. From near and far. From the past, right up until this day.

West Virginia's coaching staff has a way of developing players, usually walk-ons, sometimes props. Guys who are left out of the first round of recruiting signings, but somehow manage to make the roster, stay there and produce.

The most recent list includes strongside linebacker Jeff Noechel of Fairmont, who walked on and performed splendidly for two seasons, 2004 and 2005. Noechel started every game for the '05 Sugar Bowl champions, and now hopes to someday play for pay somehow, somewhere.

The latest Noechel-like contributor is Bobby Hathaway, yet another walk-on from Carmichaels, Pa., who looks to take over for Noechel this fall, after playing plenty of snaps for the Sugar Bowl champions.

"I think the key to it is that here, everybody is treated the same. Some guys come in with the big recruiting reps, but when it comes down to it, the staff here looks at what you can do on the field," Hathaway said Saturday.

Hathaway has made a name on the synthetic carpets of the Indoor Practice Facility and Mountaineer Field.

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