September 4, 2007

Coach Rod: Rodemoyer at right guard and notes

MORGANTOWN-Rich Rodriguez told a media gathering Tuesday afternoon that he was inserting a new right guard into the offensive lineup Saturday in the Friends of Coal Bowl at Marshall and additional speed into the kickoff team.

Eric Rodemoyer, a 6-foot-4, 300-pound redshirt freshman from Sharon (Pa.) Kennedy Catholic, played well enough in the second half of the Western Michigan trouncing to move ahead of former No. 1 Derek Hayes, a 6-3, 280-pound redshirt freshman from Tallahassee (Fla.) Rickards.

Rodey was penciled as the No. 1 by assistant Coach Greg Frey on the Aug. 4 start of preseason camp, but a prolonged ankle sprain kept him out of at least a week leading up to Saturday's season opener. The son of Caryl and Ron Rodemoyer earned the 2006 Mountaineer teammate of the year for earning the most points in that semester-long off-field competition.

The WVU head coach had praise for Eric Jobe, the back-up center who was flip-flopped from offensive to defensive lineman this summer. He said it was the LaPlata, Md., red-shirt freshman's best day as a Mountaineer.

"Maybe he plays better than he practices. Sometimes I don't trust that, but it was the case on Saturday," he said.

Rod has commented similarly on No. 2 quarterback Jarrett Brown, who completed 3-of-4 passes for 34 yards and a long of 19 and ran the ball 5 times for 41 yards (8.2) and a score in the 62-24 blow-out before a 60,563 sell-out at Milan Puskar Stadium.

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