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A WEEK AFTER injuries mounted before and during the Georgia State game, the Mountaineers are relatively healthy. Holgorsen said linebacker Isaiah Bruce (thigh) could have played against the Panthers and is cleared to practice this week.
Also cleared to return are linebacker Doug Rigg (concussion), fullback Garrett Hope (concussion) and defensive back K.J. Dillon (knee), who all missed last week's game. Backup nose guard Christian Brown left the game with what Holgorsen called a minor leg injury, but he's expected to practice and play this week.
Holgorsen also said linebacker Jewone Snow is almost ready to become a part of the defense's plans. Snow, a junior from Canton, Ohio, has battled shoulder problems throughout his career - Holgorsen called him "year-to-year" in August - but he was the team's defensive scout team player of the week Sunday.
"The last two weeks, he's been functional on the scout team, Holgorsen said. "We're going to give him a shot to play a few special teams to see how reacts to that."
In addition to injuries to Rigg and Bruce that caused a series of maneuvers to fill positions and address depth, the Mountaineers had season-ending injuries to linebackers Shaq Petteway in August and Dozie Ezemma in the first game. Petteway was on the kickoff, kick return, punt and punt return teams and Ezemma was on three of the four.
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HOLGORSEN AGAIN listed junior college transfers Kevin White and Ronald Carswell as starting outside receivers and Mario Alford as the starting inside receiver a week after giving each their first career starts.
White had two receptions for 17 yards and two drops, one that was a certain touchdown. Alford had four catches for 33 yards and added 22 yards rushing, but also ran a route that contributed to Childress' lone interception. Carswell caught three passes for 66 yards and added 100 yards in punt and kickoff returns.
Carswell averages 23 yards per catch and has three of WVU's 10 pass plays covering at least 20 yards, including the longest and three of the four covering 30 or more yards.
The demoted players responded better. K.J. Myers relieved White after the missed opportunity in the end zone and had six receptions 64 yards. Ivan McCartney, replaced by Carswell, caught a 45-yard touchdown pass and added a 21-yard catch. Daikiel Shorts, supplanted by Alford, caught five passes for 88 yards and two touchdowns.
"I specifically said I was going to start these three guys because these three guys bring something to the table the other three don't possess, which is big play potential," Holgorsen said. "Now, did we see that out of a couple of those guys? No, but that's why I also said Daikiel, K.J. and Ivan are going to play a whole bunch and they need to keep improving. I was really proud of all three of them."
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