Last week in this space there was some discussion about the West Virginia University football team's running backs. Specifically who would be able to back up starting tailback Noel Devine. In Saturday's scrimmage Terrence Kerns looked like he may have emerged as the early favorite.
Kerns, the 6-1, 235 pound beast from Frederick carried 11 times for 68 yards. His main competition, Zach Hulce, fumbled on his first carry and did not get another one. Kerns, however, did not get out of the scrimmage without drawing the ire of coach Bill Stewart. Kerns was called out for not going after a loose ball, and he messed up in a drill. Both instances involved Kerns' effort, or lack thereof.
Stewart made it clear that he will not hesitate to use Jock Sanders at tailback if he doesn't get the effort and concentration he wants from the newcomers. Sanders is currently slated to start at a slot, but the possibility of him moving to the backfield raises other concerns.
Backup quarterback Jarrett Brown pulled his hamstring early in the scrimmage. While the pull is thought to be minor, it did require the move of Brad Starks from wideout to quarterback. Starks is the third team quarterback who moved to wide receiver in spring ball. The move was so successful that there are murmurs that suggest Starks could be one of WVU's best wideouts ever.
So, while WVU is a threat to be an offensive juggernaut, a couple of injuries could change the whole scope of things. If Starks should happen to be needed as the backup quarterback and Sanders has to go to the backfield, WVU's receiving corps suddenly becomes very thin. There will still be talented players on the field, just not in the spots they may be most suited for.