Posted by Tom Fornelli
When West Virginia takes on North Carolina State in the Champs Sports Bowl it's going to have quite a void to fill in its secondary. Head coach -- for now -- Bill Stewart announced during his press conference on Tuesday that the team's top cornerback, Brandon Hogan, will not be playing in the game thanks to a torn ACL.
"It just kills me, but not near as bad as it kills him," Stewart said on Tuesday. "Brandon Hogan played with a bicep injury, one in which many wouldn't have played with -- that's how tough the kid is. I was holding out hope that he would be ready to play in this football game, for his sake and for the seniors' sake. He's such an important cog on this defense."
Hogan suffered the injury during West Virginia's final game of the season against Rutgers on December 4th. The team had been hoping that Hogan would be able to put off surgery on the knee until after the game, but that's obviously not going to happen at this point. Stewart said that either sophomore Pat Miller or freshman Brodrick Jones will start in Hogan's place, and that the team may blitz more to try and make up for Hogan's absence.
Why he'd give away that strategy during a press conference, I don't know.
This won't be the first game Hogan has missed this season, as he was suspended earlier this season following a DUI arrest. Hogan finishes his senior season with 37 tackles and 3 interceptions.