October 22, 2007

Slaton and Rice: no comparisons

For two years, the names of Ray Rice and Steve Slaton have been linked. Whether talking about traditional Big East power West Virginia or upstart Rutgers; discussing the best back in the league or the country-it has been Slaton/Rice or Rice/Slaton.

Now, they will meet for the second time Saturday at high noon at a jazzed Rutgers Stadium on ABC. Since the game will be telecast in much of the nation, anyone who follows football will have another up-close look at the junior pair.

"Ray Rice is one of best backs, physically, in the country. I know that he has meant an awful lot to them. If you didn't have to play him, he would be fun to watch. He has such passion for the game," said Mountaineer coach Rich Rodriguez on Monday.

Rice has the better numbers this season. He has carried it 204 times in the 5-2, 2-1 Scarlet Knights' season. He has 999 yards and an average of 143 yards per game make him fourth best in the Division I-A stats.

Meanwhile, Slaton's numbers fail to match his consensus All-American sophomore season. His totals are 135 totes for 752 net yards in the BCS 7th-ranked WVU season. His per game average (107 ) ties him for the 22nd best number in Division I-A stats.

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