MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia emerged from Saturday's season-opener a winner for a 10th straight season, though not without a loss.
Coach Dana Holgorsen said Tuesday that linebacker Dozie Ezemma suffered a broken a foot and leg and is out for the season. Ezemma is a fifth-year senior from Pomona, N.Y., who has no additional eligibility. His career is over.
"He got twisted and it's a bad break," Holgorsen said. "He's more than likely going to have to have surgery. That's a blow. He was a backup Buck playing pretty well, but more importantly, he was on about three special teams in a very important role."
Ezemma, junior linebacker Shaq Petteway and sophomore cornerback Nana Kyeremeh are out for the season. Each were backups who played at their position last season and figured to again this season, but each was also a key part of WVU's special teams lineups.
Senior Tyler Anderson, who had just moved inside, replaced Ezemma outside Saturday and made one tackle.
Ezemma is a former walk-on who played previously at the University of New Hampshire in 2009-10. He transferred to WVU in 2011 and redshirted. Ezemma played 12 games last season and finished with five tackles and one sack.
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OKLAHOMA HAS a new special teams coordinator to refresh ideas there, a new defensive line coach to address problems the Sooners had up front last season.
The Sooners also have a new offensive line coach to facilitate a greater emphasis on running the ball on an offense that starts a redshirt freshman at quarterback.
Oklahoma ran the ball 50 times for 305 yards in Saturday's 34-0 win against Louisiana-Monroe, which made for a promising debut for that new offensive line coach. Coach Bob Stoops hired Bill Bedenbaugh away from WVU, where he'd spent the previous two seasons.
Holgorsen doesn't believe Bedenbaugh's familiarity with Holgorsen and his offense will be much of a factor because he said Stoops and Holgorsen already know one another and what they do quite well.
"It goes way beyond (Bedenbaugh), I assure you," Holgorsen said.
Stoops' first offensive coordinator in 1999 was Mike Leach, who left after the season to coach Texas Tech. Holgorsen was an assistant and eventual offensive coordinator there from 2000-07.
Bedenbaugh was with Leach and Holgorsen at Texas Tech from 2000-06 and worked at Arizona from 2007-10 as the offensive line coach and later co-offensive coordinator. His head coach was Mike Stoops, who led the Wildcats from 2004-11 and returned to the Sooners staff as the defensive coordinator last season. Oklahoma's assistant defensive coordinator Tim Kish was with Stoops at Arizona from 2004-11 and worked with Stoops and Bedenbaugh from 2007-11.