MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Suspended cornerback Brandon Hogan is practicing with West Virginia's football team this week and will travel to Baton Rouge, La., when the 22nd-ranked Mountaineers play No. 15 LSU.
A decision on whether Hogan plays may wait until Saturday's 9 p.m. kickoff at Tiger Stadium that will be televised on ESPN2.
WVU Coach Bill Stewart said Tuesday that the senior all-Big East performer from Manassas, Va., will be given every chance to prove he deserves to play after missing last week's Maryland game.
Hogan was arrested Sept. 13 and charged with DUI. He was with the team on the sideline in street clothes Saturday.
"Brandon Hogan is in an evaluation period by me," Stewart said at his weekly press conference. "He's going to practice. That's his status. He'll come to practice. I'll watch him work. He is also undergoing right now the exact same formula set in stone for every student at WVU who's had any such problem as Brandon has had by the student judicial affairs committee.
"I don't know that he'll play this week. I don't know that he won't play this week. If he is to play this week, he'll have earned the right to play this week according to my standards and my standards alone."
Stewart also addressed the criticism to fall at his feet for allowing Hogan to be on the sideline for the game last week. He said Hogan came to him and asked if he could go out on the field to be with his teammates and Stewart said he approved because Hogan was still part of the team.
Hogan interacted with his teammates on the field and on the sideline and repeatedly motioned to the crowd for more noise.
"If I made any mistake at all - which I don't think I did - I should have said, 'Stand back there and be quiet,' " Stewart said.
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THE MOUNTAINEERS may also be without starting left guard Josh Jenkins. Stewart said Jenkins underwent an arthroscopic procedure Tuesday morning. Jenkins, a junior from Vienna and two-time Hunt Award winner from Parkersburg High, was injured in the second quarter Saturday when someone rolled into his right leg.
Stewart said Jenkins had a "very, very minor snipping of a part," but declined to say what part. Stewart said it was a "very, very successful repair," but wouldn't elaborate on Jenkins' status. That will be determined when WVU released its injury report Thursday.
With Jenkins out against the Terrapins, WVU played mostly with starting right guard Eric Jobe at left guard and Cabell Midland graduate Cole Bowers at right guard. Nitro graduate Chad Snodgrass was also involved.