Great performances by d-backs for the Herd, WVU

Kyle’s Korner ….

Marshall safety Tiquan Lang, the Thundering Herd’s 5’9” safety, was named Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week Monday, a day after an unbelievable performance in MU’s 41-31 win over Purdue in Joan C. Edwards Stadium. Lang racked up 17 tackles and book-ended Marshall’s 41-31 victory over Purdue with a pair of interception returns for touchdowns.

… WVU safety Karl Joseph is the Big 12 Conference defensive player of the week. Joseph had eight tackles, but he also had three interceptions and a fumble recovery. The senior from Orlando, Fla. made a big impact in a 44-0 victory over Georgia Southern on Saturday night.

Joseph’s three interceptions were all notched in the third quarter, and were the most by any Big 12 player since 1994.

The football coaching staff has named its award winners for outstanding performances in the Mountaineers’ opening win. The Offensive Champion – Skyler Howard; Defensive Champion – Karl Joseph; Special Teams Champion – Josh Lambert; Offensive Scout Champion

… Williamson’s Mike Slater still holds the single game record at WVU with four interceptions. Safety Karl Joseph had three this past weekend versus Georgia Southern. The Root Sports TV commentators mentioned Slater on the broadcast. The former Wolfpack star was one of the most successful WHS players to play big-time college football.

… There are 20 ex-WVU players on NFL rosters this season. The former Mountaineers made teams, whether on the active roster, injured reserve or physically unable to perform list: Geno Smith (New York Jets), Mario Alford, Will Clarke and Adam Jones (Cincinnati), Terence Garvin and Will Johnson (Pittsburgh), Pat McAfee (Indianapolis), Quinton Spain (Tennessee), J.T. Thomas (New York Giants), Kevin White and Ryan Mundy (Chicago), Joe Madsen (Detroit), Don Barclay (Green Bay), Charles Sims and Keith Tandy (Tampa Bay), Shaq Riddick (Arizona), Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey (St. Louis), and Bruce Irvin and Mark Glowinski (Seattle). Dreamius Smith is on the San Diego practice squad.

Marshall, meanwhile, has six players that make the grade. They are Albert McClellan (Baltimore), Neville Hewitt (Miami), Aaron Dobson and Darryl Roberts (New England), Lee Smith (Oakland) and Vinny Curry (Philadelphia).

… My predictions for our local college teams, which should have been in before the first games of the season, are WVU 9-3, Marshall 9-3 (I had Purdue beating them, so I’ll leave it – I lost that one) and Kentucky 6-6.

My neighbor Kenny Porter already has these written down so he can ridicule me at the end of the season.

(Kyle Lovern is the Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern)
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