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Saturday, September 18, 2010
West Virginia-Maryland kickoff notes

By Brian Bennett

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. -- Who will start in place of suspended cornerback Brandon Hogan for West Virginia?

Most people expected it to be Brodrick Jenkins. But when the Mountaineers lined up for warm-ups, it was Pat Miller playing with the starting defense, with Jenkins running with the twos. I would expect to see both play today.

That will also put more pressure on Keith Tandy, who West Virginia fans know has had his ups and downs in coverage the past couple of years. If Maryland doesn't take a couple of deep shots early, especially to Torrey Smith, it would rank as a real surprise.

Defensive end Will Clarke is also out for West Virginia. He's a pass-rushing specialist. That should mean more snaps for heavily-hyped juco import Bruce Irvin. Will the Mountaineers record their first sack of the season today?