CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- George Washington came off its bye week in fine fashion last week, as standout running back Draven Riffe's fresh legs led to a 355-yard rushing performance in a win over Princeton.
This week, it's the Patriots opponent, Hurricane, that is hoping to use its bye week to its advantage. The bye week came at just the right time for the Redskins, as two important cogs to their offense are healthy and will be on the field for their game at George Washington tonight at 7:30 p.m.
The Redskins' two top offensive players, quarterback Austin Hensley and utility player Zach Pate, have dealt with injuries and missed significant time as of late.
"They are 100 percent and ready to go," Hurricane Coach Jeremy Taylor said. "Austin's shoulder has healed and he threw well this week, and Pate's knee is good as well. We should be full go.
"The bye week was pretty big," he added. "We wouldn't have had either one if we would have played last week. You take away your two best players on offense, and you are kind of screwed."
GW Coach Steve Edwards, Jr., anticipated he would see a full Hurricane squad as well.
"We most definitely expect nothing less than them being at full strength," Edwards said.
"When they are, they are tough to handle. They have a lot of good players."
Edwards is very leery of both Hensley and Pate.
"Hensley is one of the finest quarterbacks in the area, if not the state," Edwards said. "He makes a lot of people look good. We just hope he doesn't get hot, because when he does, he's hard to stop.
"Pate is a really big weapon," Edwards continued.
"I have a lot of respect for him. He runs bigger than he is. He's a tremendous athlete and talent. We are going to have to take an account to where he is at all times."