August 18, 2011
Change at the top in WVU tailback battle

IT MAY NOT be the New World Order.

There is, however, a new order within West Virginia's football camp.

On Thursday, the Gazette learned the Mountaineer tailback position has a new shape.

With a little over two weeks remaining before WVU begins the season at home against Marshall, new head coach Dana Holgorsen has installed Andrew Buie No. 1 in the ongoing battle of true freshmen.

As featured in Thursday's Gazette, Buie is a 5-foot-9, 191-pound speedster from Trinity Christian Academy in Jacksonville, Fla.

Buie has been battling Vernard Roberts, named No. 1 coming out of spring drills, and Dustin Garrison of Pearland, Texas.

As it stands, however, Buie is at the top of the depth chart, while Garrison is No. 2 and Roberts No. 3.

"Buie has a lot of speed," Garrison said earlier this week. "He hits the hole really fast. Once he gets one-on-one with a 'backer, it's done. He has moves and the speed. His top speed is real fast. Defenders have angles on him and with those angles they still can't get to him. With that speed, it's really incredible."

At least for now, Buie has zoomed to the top of the depth chart.

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  • In this space on Wednesday, you read about how Mountaineer defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel is seeking consistency within his very young unit.

    He did, however, point to one projected starting newcomer that has "done a consistent job day in and out." That's strong-side linebacker Doug Rigg, a 6-foot-1, 235-pound sophomore from Oradell, N.J.

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