August 14, 2007

Gonzales welcomes competition at receiver

MORGANTOWN-- WVU wide receiver Tito Gonzales knows the value of preparation. After stepping out for a 45-yard reception against Marshall in last season's opener, Gonzales had just four catches the rest of the season before suddenly re-emerging as the catalyst to the Mountaineers' comeback win over Georgia Tech in the Gator Bowl.

Gonzales' star turn couldn't have happened at a better time. With just under 14 minutes remaining in Jacksonville, WVU trailed the Yellow Jackets 35-17 and was faced with a 2nd and 7 on a drive in which it had to score to remain in the game.

Due to a hard count from quarterback Pat White, the Georgia Tech defensive line jumped past the line of scrimmage, and center Dan Mozes snapped the ball. While the Mountaineers' offensive line froze in their stances, as they are instructed to do on such a play, White raced to his left and hit a wide-open Gonzales in stride down the left side of the field for a 57-yard score.

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