NCF Nation: Dorrell Jalloh

Big East lunchtime links

November, 7, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett

• Louisville is trying to fix its run defense before facing LeSean McCoy on Saturday, C.L Brown writes in The Courier-Journal.

• The Cardinals' own running game may pose problems for Pitt, Paul Zeise writes in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The Panthers have been using the Wildcat formation with McCoy, but Greg Cross still can't get off the bench, Kevin Gorman writes in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

• West Virginia receiver Dorrell Jalloh wants to go into broadcasting and help kids prepare for college after his playing days are done, Mike Casazza writes in the Charleston Daily Mail.

• Cincinnati kicker Jake Rogers lost his job after missing a couple of extra points in the first game. He worked his way back, and hasn't missed a kick since. Bill Koch has the story in the Cincinnati Enquirer.

• Rutgers is looking for more consistent production from its tight ends, Aditi Kinkhabwala says in the Bergen Record.

• Fullback Tony Fiammetta is the glue to the Orange offense, Dave Rahme writes in the Syracuse Post-Standard. He can also play tight end or H-back and might have a future at the next level.

• South Florida got a rare commitment from a New Jersey recruit, Greg Auman writes in the St. Petersburg Times. The Bulls hardly ever leave their own state for players.

Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett

Wait a minute here. This isn't supposed to happen.

West Virginia isn't supposed to score 34 points -- the most it has produced this season against an FBS opponent, by a longshot -- against an SEC defense. Not against Auburn, which hasn't allowed more than 26 points in a game all year and came in ranked ninth in scoring defense nationally. Not against an Auburn team that nearly beat LSU, and is supposed have all those fast, superior athletes on defense.

So why were the Mountaineers running past the Tigers all night? Isn't the Big East supposed to be so inferior to the SEC?

And yes, that is sarcasm.

Great performance tonight by West Virginia, which scored the game's final 31 points and thoroughly controlled the second half. The offensive line blocked as well as it has all season, and that helped spring Noel Devine toward a career-high 207 on just 17 carries, an average of 12.2 yards per rushing attempt. Pat White added three touchdown passes, two to Dorrell Jalloh, and West Virginia outgained Auburn, 445-260.

The Mountaineers' defense deserves special mention as well, allowing almost nothing after spotting the Tigers a 17-3 advantage.

This was the breakout game West Virginia fans had been waiting for all season. Now 5-2 and still undefeated in league play, the Mountaineers now must once again be considered a major threat to win the Big East for a third time in four years if they play like this.

You know, if Big East defenses are as malleable as those from the almighty SEC.

Big East internal affairs

October, 15, 2008
10/15/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett

Syracuse: The Orange could get a boost in their backfield if Delone Carter is able to play Saturday at South Florida. Carter has missed three games with a hamstring pull but is expected to be ready this week. He could offer a counterpunch to Curtis Brinkley, who's had four 100-yard rushing days already this season. Wide receiver Dan Sheeran (broken leg) and linebacker Chad Battles (foot) are both out until at least Nov. 1, while linebacker Ryan Gillum (foot) is probably done for the season.

Louisville: With Richard Raglin out with an injured arm and Latarrius Thomas dealing with a lingering knee issue, the Cardinals turned to former walk-on Daniel Covington as a starting safety at Memphis. Covington, a junior who was put on scholarship this summer, recorded 12 tackles in the game and now ranks second on the team with 27 stops. Head coach Steve Kragthorpe also said he wants to find ways to keep true freshman outside linebacker Dexter Heyman on the field when the Cardinals go to their nickel and dime packages.

West Virginia: Alric Arnett looked like the next West Virginia star when the receiver caught four passes for 70 yards and two touchdowns in the season opener against Villanova. In the five games since, however, Arnett has just nine receptions for 77 yards and no scores. Head coach Bill Stewart said Arnett and senior Dorrell Jalloh (eight catches for 76 yards on the season) need to get involved more. On the plus side, 6-foot-8 receiver Wes Lyons has come on lately. He had four catches for 44 yards last week against Rutgers.

South Florida: The Bulls are sacrificing some depth at cornerback by switching junior-college transfer Theo Wilson to receiver. Wilson, who's recovering from a knee injury, played quarterback, running back and receiver at Pearl River Community College last season and had returned punts for South Florida earlier this season. "He's a big threat when he has the ball in his hands, and that's what we're looking for," passing game coordinator/wide receivers coach Mike Canales said. Wilson's switch leaves the Bulls with only four experienced cornerbacks to rotate.

Rutgers: Kordell Young's up-and-down season is back on the uptick. The sophomore running back was pegged as the main replacement for Ray Rice this season and had 94 yards on 26 carries in the opener against Fresno State. But then he started experiencing knee soreness and at one point late last month was feared lost for the season. Young returned to action last weekend at Cincinnati and carried 22 times for 78 yards. He's now listed as the co-starter at tailback, along with redshirt freshman Jourdan Brooks. Rutgers has started three different players at the position in six games.

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