Noel Is Still Devine: Give the Mountaineer Back The Damn Ball and You'll See!

Bleacher ReportCorrespondent IJuly 30, 2009

BOULDER, CO - SEPTEMBER 18:  Running back Noel Devine #7 of the West Virginia Mountaineers tries to elude the Colorado Buffaloes defense at Folsom Field September 18, 2008 in Boulder, Colorado. Colorado defeated West Virginia 17-14 in overtime.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Once touted as the king of Youtube and a sure shot at NFL supremacy, Noel Devine has been lost in the shuffle of other great running backs around the nation.

The partial problem to this is the fact he chose West Virginia. In 2007 Devine had to work with White and Slaton, an outstanding one-two punch already. In 2008 he had to deal with coaching changes, offensive scheme changes, and a key missing blocker in Owen Schmitt.

Everything changes this year.

I honestly believe that Noel Devine is one of the best running backs in the country, if not the best.Β 

He is by far, the quickest and most agile running back in the country. Though he is very small, 5'8 175 lbs, he is extremely strong and his low center of gravity is unparallelled.

What WVU needs to do is work with him more. He needs more than 241 touches (206 rushing and 35 receiving) in order to be affective.Β 

He is a Barry Sanders molded player, meaning that he may have many 1 to 3 yard carries, but he is the type of player that can break a 60-yarder at anytime. The problem is he can not get all those yards and touchdowns when he is only given the ball 18 times a game.Β 

In order for this kid to show that he is the same highlight reel he was a few years ago.Β  Give him the ball about 25-30 times a game, he can handle it even at his size. Anyone that weighs 175lbs, but can still bench 400, has the strength and durability needed to get it 30 times a game, he did in high school.

Just give Noel the damn ball and he will show you how Devine he can be.


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