September 25, 2007

Team player Tito ready to return home

MORGANTOWN-There may no better example of a team player on the 5th-ranked Mountaineers than Tito Gonzales.

In two years as the starting Z wide receiver, the 6-foot-2, 210-pound junior has caught exactly eight balls. Of course there was the big TD reception of 57 yards the last time WVU visited Florida in the Gator Bowl, but what the Tampa Blake High School product is known for are his hatchet blocks.

He made 25 knockdowns in 2006. Head coach Rich Rodriguez called out Gonzales, Dorrell Jalloh, Wes Lyons and Eddie Davis for their downfield blocking Saturday that helped the Mountaineers roll to almost 600 yards of total offense and 400 on the turf.

The wide receivers are a big reason West Virginia has scored 22-of-23 times when inside its opponents' red zone, scoring 141 points. The scoring consists of 16 rushing touchdowns. The only failed attempt was a missed 22-yard field goal attempt at Maryland.

"The redzone is a mentality. We pride ourselves on hard work. Determination is a big thing. When we execute we've been strong and powerful. When we don't, we aren't," said the kid who would make a good coach.

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