October 20, 2007

Dingle, Dykes, Neild: happy Mountaineers

MORGANTOWN-The happiest guys in the stadium--aside from Chris Neild and parents Bob and Kathy Neild--were Johnny Dingle and Keilen Dykes, who finally is back on the edge where Saturday in the 38-13 Homecoming victory over Mississippi State, Dykes made his first sack of the season.

So happy was Johnny Dingle that he interrupted his own press conference after the game between the BCS 9th-ranked Mountaineers (6-1) and the Southeastern Conference's Mississippi State Bulldogs (4-4) to introduce the big Pocono Mountain who wears a Frank Young worthy Van Dyke.

"Ladies and gentlemen, this is the guy you ought to be talking to. Mr. Chris Neild," said Dingle.
Neild got the surprising start over Keilen Dykes at nose tackle, allowing the senior NT to move to the DT. Regular DT Scooter Berry was held out except for a couple of plays in the fourth quarter to rest both of his battered knees.

Line coach Bill Kirelawich told both Neild, a 6-foot-3, 300-pound redshirt freshman from Stroudsburg, Pa., and Berry, a 6-2-285-pound redshirt freshman from Long Island, of the moves during the Mountaineers' off week leading up to this game.

"He just said that he wanted to rest me a little bit. Both my knees, really, are hurting, and we thought it would be best to get off of it a little today," said Berry.

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