23 April 2012
A we inch closer to putting a cap on West Virginia's spring game, we're going to take a closer look at the top performers on both sides of the ball.
The offense, for the most part, did it's usual thing. While some may have been a tad disappointed, the unit still managed 600 yards on the day. On the other hand, the defense and their new scheme, managed some highlights of their own.
As we take a closer look at individual standouts, we'll focus on the Top 5 offensive performers for in the 2012 Gold-Blue game.
1. Jordan Thompson: 8 catches/66 yards/1 TD
Mountaineer fans, meet Jordan Thompson. The early enrollee from Texas stole the show very early on. On his teams opening drive, he caught 3 passes and showed flashes of brilliance in the open field. This gem looks to be another steal for Dana Holgorsen out of the Lone-star state.
2. Geno Smith. 23-29/281 yards/2 TDs
While not everything the was perfect on the afternoon (1 int; 4 sacks), Geno still managed to have a solid outing. On the Gold teams opening drive, he threw a beautiful pass along the sideline to Stedman Bailey for a 43-yard gain. The senior QB looks to be primed for a solid 2012 season.
3. Terrence Gourdine. 3 catches/118 yards
Stop me if you've heard this before - a Miramar (FL) wide receiver is making contributions at West Virginia. Gourdine, a new transfer from Eastern Michigan, led all receivers with his 118 yards. The shifty pass-catcher had 82 on one play after shaking defenders for additional yardage.
4. Dante Campbell. 4 catches/45 yards/1 TD
Could this young man be another Chris Henry? The tall, sure handed red-shirt freshman made several big grabs. Providing a big target for Geno Smith, Campbell even showed he wasn't afraid to use his big frame and go across the middle. His 14-yard touchdown catch ended to the scoring in the game.
5. Andrew Buie. 12 carries/42 yards/2 catches-19 yards
We could've went several directions here. While Buie didn't have eye-popping numbers, he was a couple shoe string tackles away from several big plays. Throughout the game he took several big hits and managed to get right back up. He showed solid vision, shifty feet and the versatility to catch the ball out of the backfield.
We'll continue our Top Performers in our next edition, as we dissect the defensive unit.
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