Friday, September 15, 2006

Good News: Slaton Answers Snub With Yards, Not Words

West Virginia's Steve Slaton showed a national television audience last night that he is undoubtedly one of the best running backs in the country, and could be on his way to dropping the "one of" from that description. He ran through gaping holes, small cracks in the line, or zipped to the outside and ran around the Maryland Terrapins, making the defenders look like their namesake, a turtle.

Ironically, or sadly if your a Maryland fan or alum like I am, Slaton wanted to be a Terp. Coach Ralph Friedgen wanted him, but then changed his mind and pulled the scholarship offer. Slaton wound up in Morgantown and, as they say, the rest is history.

Slaton admitted before the game that "I'm going to be a little more amped," he said. "I want to show them what they missed out on." He showed plenty early, gaining 149 yards and scoring two touchdowns in the first quarter alone. Slaton wound up with 195 yards for the game.

After his team's 45-24 loss, Coach Friedgen said about Slaton "He's a great player. What more can I say? He has great speed. He's a fine young man. I hope he wins the Heisman." That probably won't happen.....this season.

Steve Slaton is only three games into his sophomore season. If you are a college football fan, you'll be hearing a lot more about that name.

Click here to read "Slaton shows Maryland's coach error of his ways" from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.


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