WVU Leaves Room For Jalloh

Frank AhrensSenior Writer INovember 6, 2008

One of the happier results of WVU's recent run of prosperity is the emergence of senior wideout Dorrell Jalloh.

Before this season, Jalloh was known primarily for catching key two-point conversions on overtime games: One against Louisville in the epic 2005 comeback and one in the triple-overtime win over Rutgers in 2006.

But this season, new WVU offensive coordinator Jeff Mullen has found numerous ways to get Jalloh into the offensive mix.

Up to this season, Jalloh had been a wide receiver, and primarily a solid-blocking wide receiver for the WVU ground game.

But in workouts with Pat White over the summer, White told Mullen and Coach Stewart that Jalloh could work well at slot, as well.

So far this season, Jalloh has lined up at wide receiver, slot and, against UConn, fullback, after which he caught a long pass in wheel route while uncovered out of the backfield.

Against Auburn, Jalloh lined up in the slot and dragged across the middle, beating the linebacker who was covering him then, in a WVU hall of fame highlight (joining Major Harris's slalom against Penn State, Quincy Wilson's bowl-over against Miami and pick-your-favorite Pat White run), juked one defender, wrestled out of the grasp of another and leaped joyously into the endzone for his second touchdown of the game.

Last season, Jalloh set career highs with 24 catches for 272 yards and one touchdown in 13 games.

Through eight games so far this season, Jalloh has 17 catches for 202 yards and three touchdowns.

In addition to his on-field performance, Charleston (W.Va.) Daily Mail WVU beat writer Mike Casazza (whose name rhymes with Joey Zazza) reports that Jalloh is a personable, friendly young man who probably has a career in the media in front of him.

It looks like the Mountaineers are finally comfortable with their new mixed-bag offense.  It's good to see WVU has left room in the mix for Jalloh.