December 27, 2006
White, Schmitt mend; Slaton a question
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.--Two legs of the West Virginia three-pronged attack seem to be improving, while the third has somehow sprung a leak for now.
So said WVU coach Rich Rodriguez here Wednesday in the Mountaineers' second full-contact practice session at the University of North Florida.
The 13th-ranked Mountaineers (10-2) will take on 25th-ranked Georgia Tech (9-4) on New Year's Day in Jacksonville's Alltel Stadium at 1 p.m. on CBS. Bowl officials said that all but 2,000 of the 73,000 seats at the facility had been sold for the game. WVU sold 14,000 of them from Morgantown.
"Steve Slaton suffered a freak accident before we left, he'll be limited. He'll probably be limited all week. Hopefully by game-time he'll be ready to go," said head coach Rich Rodriguez.
Rodriguez said Slaton, the All-American running back, injured his left thigh during a pre-Christmas workout before the team, staff and its equipment arrived here on Christmas night.
He is not the only one injured here as the Mountaineers begin tapering their workouts on Thursday. Defensive lineman Craig Wilson (ankle) and wide receiver Rayshawn Bolden (wrist) will be limited too on the natural surface of the Jacksonville school. Rod said that Wilson likely would miss the Mountaineers' sixth Gator Bowl appearance. Bolden's injury was under evaluation.
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