Suspended cornerback Brandon Hogan may play this Saturday as the West Virginia Mountaineers travel to Baton Rouge to square off against the LSU Tigers. Hogan, the Mountaineers starting cornerback, was suspended for the Maryland game after being cited for DUI. Coach Stewart offered this explanation for Hogan's return to practice this week in today's press conference:â†µ
"If he is to play this week, he’ll have earned the right to play according to my standards and my standards alone,” Stewart said. “I’ll make that determination the day of the game.â†µ
Stewart said Hogan went through a rigorous process last week as a part of earning his way back on the team.â†µ
"You all don’t want to know what he had to do last week,” Stewart said during his Tuesday press conference. “That’s not good for common knowledge what I had him go through.”â†µ
I'm not exactly sure what that last part means, and whether it reflects well on Hogan, or the program. I'm assuming it means Hogan was punished harshly (running the stadium steps?), but that Coach Stewart didn't want to tip his hand. Let's hope that's not Stew's way of saying "We're committing violations over here!"â†µ
All told, Hogan will be needed on Saturday night. His replacement, Pat Miller, had a rough day against the Maryland Terrapins on Saturday getting burned by Torrey Smith on two long touchdown receptions.