September 25, 2007

Fear none, respect all, WR Hogan says

MORGANTOWN-On the short side of 20, Brandon Hogan seems like an old pro going into his fifth year of college football, not just his fifth game. But that is what the 6-foot, 175-pound All-State quarterback at Manassas (Va.) Osbourn High product is doing.

Saturday at the stadium, Hogan started for the first game of his four-contest-old career as a Mountaineer. He led all receivers with 6 catches for 44 yards, his longest was 12.

This 4-0 season, the former Steve Schultze product is the fourth leading receiver in a program that has attempted about 20 passes per game. Hogan has caught six passes in three games for almost 15 yards per battle. His average catch is about 7 yards.

Yet, to Hogan, he might as well be back in Piedmont Virginia pitching and catching, where his 2,540 career passing yards and 32 touchdowns made him a legend.

"No, there's not really anything different about it. It's just football. It feels the same as high school now. Four games into it, it feels regular. I guess it's just the way I am, it seems regular," said the Washington Post All-Metro selection in 2006.

Part of his resolve probably comes from leading Osbourn to the Class 3A state championship. He also has been courageous because he has seemingly raised himself. Like roommate Noel Devine, Hogan was raised by a guardian (Karen Morris). A portion of the bravado comes from winning. Counting high school, Hogan's teams have now won 28 of the last 30 game in which he has participated.

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