MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Unless you have a quick eye and could spot his No. 59 and the long name that stretches across the back of his jersey above his shoulders, it would probably be difficult to identify Matt Timmerman's contributions to West Virginia's football team.
They're brief and sporadic.
He is but a backup offensive lineman on a team that last year didn't use backup offensive linemen much at all and has only gotten away from that a little bit this season. On a busy day, he'll sneak onto the field for a dozen or so snaps.
"I guess I'm a utility guy, a safety net," he said, "which is a good thing."
Indeed it is, and Timmerman's worth isn't measured very accurately by looking at him on the field. Instead, imagine for a moment if he weren't available.
"We wouldn't be able to do a lot of things," Coach Bill Stewart said. "We couldn't do short yardage, goal line - our 'Bubba' package - field goal, PAT. We wouldn't have a backup on the left side of the line. We'd be in trouble, that's for sure."
Those 12 or so plays he's in the game? They're pretty critical.
The 6-foot-3, 295-pound senior is a blocking tight end on the left side on field goals and extra points.
He's an extra tackle/tight end on the line of scrimmage when WVU is in a short-yardage/goal line situation. He's the top backup at left tackle - only the most important position on the line - and a backup at left guard, where WVU could again be without its regular starter Saturday when it plays host to UNLV (1-4) at 3:30 p.m. at Mountaineer Field.
And just for kicks, in a pinch he could play right guard, as he did in high school, and would probably get a shot at right tackle if the situation ever called for it.
"The only thing he can't do," WVU offensive line coach Dave Johnson said, "is snap the ball for us."
In a way, though, he could. Not physically, of course, but he can play either guard position, which matters. Eric Jobe is the starting right guard who is replacing Jenkins on the left as Jenkins recovers from knee surgery. If center Joe Madsen were to come out Jobe had to step in, Timmerman becomes an even larger asset.
"He's very valuable because he fills so many roles," Johnson said. "He's all about the team and he's just excited to be on the field. He just wants to be out there in any capacity we can get him out there. He just wants to play. That's what I like about him. His attitude is that of a team guy."
Timmerman hails from Little Falls, N.J., and was first-team all-league and second-team all-county as a senior at Passaic Valley High. Where the Mountaineers once had a wealth of players from New Jersey, Timmerman and freshman linebacker Doug Rigg are the only ones on scholarship now from the Garden State.
"They started recruiting me my junior year and I had a cousin who went here," Timmerman said.