The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

College Sports

September 22, 2010

WVU’s Hogan back in practice

Stewart says cornerback will travel to LSU but may not play

MORGANTOWN — Suspended cornerback Brandon Hogan has returned to practice and will make the trip to Baton Rouge when No. 22 WVU (3-0) takes on No. 15 LSU (3-0) Saturday night.

ESPN2 will televise the 9 p.m. contest.

Hogan, a senior, was suspended indefinitely after he was arrested on a drunken driving charge earlier this month.

Whether Hogan plays remains to be seen, coach Bill Stewart reiterated at his press conference Tuesday.

“Brandon Hogan is in an evaluation period by me,” Stewart said. “He is going to practice and I will watch him work. Right now, he is undergoing the exact same formula that is set in stone by the student judicial affairs committee for the rest of the student body who gets in trouble.”

Hogan had 11 tackles and the team’s lone interception before he ran into trouble the Saturday after WVU’s 24-21 overtime win over Marshall.

Will he play Saturday?

“I am not trying to make light of it, but he is in evaluation and I don’t know if he will play this weekend and I don’t know if he won’t play this week. If he is to play this week, he will have earned the right to play according to my standards and my standards alone. I will make that determination the day of the game. He will travel this week.”

West Virginia struggled in replacing Hogan last week, as Maryland hit on big plays of 60 and 80 yards for touchdowns.

Hogan was on the sideline during that game and was seen being animated on several occasions.

“He asked about being on the sideline this last week,” Stewart said. “He is a part of this team, so I let him. I could have told him to stand back and be quiet, but he can’t do that. He is too much of a teammate. I was glad he was on the sideline.”

Offensive guard Josh Jenkins is also questionable after undergoing minor surgery on his knee. His status will be known Thursday, Stewart said.

“He had a scope done (Tuesday) morning,” Stewart said. He is downstairs right now recovering. It was a very minor procedure, but he is fine. He is a little groggy, but he is doing well. It was a very clean and successful repair and I will wait until Thursday to make the determination on him playing.”

Stewart also said he plans on using linebacker Pat Lazear Saturday if possible. He has missed the first three games with a deep bruise in his knee.

“If he wasn’t as strong as he is, I don’t think he could have recovered as well as he has,” Stewart said. “He has a bone bruise that has slowed down his progression of getting better. He is not in good shape, but we are going to try to play him this week. However, I will not know for sure until Thursday, when our report is delivered. He ran hard Sunday.”

Lost in the Mountaineers’ 31-17 win over Maryland was the fact that hybrid back Ryan Clarke had his best day rushing in a Mountaineer uniform, with 65 yards on 15 carries. He had eight carries for 36 yards on a drive in the fourth quarter that ate up over eight minutes and ended in a Tyler Bitancurt 23-yard field goal.

— E-mail: demorrison@register-herald.com

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