MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Noel Devine has two goals for the final week of his final regular season at West Virginia.
"First things first, I'm trying to get healthy," Devine said. "Then, after that, it's going down."
The combination is somewhat scary for Rutgers, which Saturday visits Mountaineer Field for a noon game on ABC. It's Devine's final home game and he's intent on leaving his fans with "a last impression of a good game, good excitement and some good moves" after a season he admits was not nearly what he expected.
This has the attention of the Scarlet Knights
"He has not gotten the reps that I'm used to seeing as I watch the tape," Rutgers Coach Greg Schiano said. "But I've known Noel Devine since he was a high school kid, and I know what he's capable of regardless of what I see on tape. I know it's his last game at Mountaineer Field, and I know that guy is an incredible competitor and he's going to want to leave there with a boom. Our defense is very aware of that."
Devine has 855 yards and six touchdowns on 188 carries this season. He's averaging a career-low 4.5 yards per attempt. After opening the season with three consecutive 100-yard games for the first time in his career, Devine has one since and that came against a UNLV defense ranked 117th nationally against the run and on just three carries.
His performance has been compromised by his health and he said injuries have robbed him of the initial burst and the subsequent ability to cut through defenses.
The senior from Fort Myers, Fla., said he's mostly recovered from the bone bruise to the big toe on his right foot he suffered against LSU on Sept. 25, but it was a factor.
"It's not something that kept me out - I can still play," he said. "It's just an annoying thing. I haven't had anything like this. But I think it's more so the coaches being careful and having respect for me and not just putting me out there when we've got other playmakers who can do the same things."
As Devine rehabilitated the toe, he was bent backward in the first half against Louisville on Nov. 20 and wrenched his knee and ankle. Devine hasn't missed any games along the way, but said he's only now about 80-percent.
Still, Devine has shown signs that he's getting better.