We here at WBGV would like wish Owen Schmitt a Happy Birthday. Of course, when Owen was born the only one that cried was the doctor because you never slap Owen Schmitt.
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This will be Owen Schmitt’s last appearance at Mountaineer Field. In one of the most unlikely stories in WVU history, Owen Schmitt has become a true star in Morgantown. Tales of his exploits will live on in these hills for years and decades to come. I think I speak for all of us when I say, “we’ll miss you Owen.”
Mickey Furfari remembers the Mountaineer career of Owen Schmitt…
That isn’t a joke. It isn’t said sarcastically. It might be a slight exaggeration, but not by much.
Today, in the Washington Post, there is a profile of Owen Schmitt’s life, both before and during his time here at West Virginia. This type of article has been written before, chronicling his battle through multiple surgeries, miring in obscurity at both Fairfax High School and Wisconsin River-Falls, and his rise to stardom with the Mountaineers. Each time it is written, I read it. And each time I read it, I am moved just as if it were my first time reading this incredible story.
Owen Schmitt is a better man than I. He has battled more adversity, accomplished higher goals, and done it with an amount of class that I couldn’t have imagined. Said Schmitt: “I don’t understand why I get that attention. I mean, we have actual stars on this team.”
Actually, Owen, you’re as big a star as any of them. You’ve been playing like it for three years, it’s about time you start to take some credit. But that wouldn’t be your style.
We’re lucky to have you.
Last year, WVU ranked 3rd in the nation in points per game and 2nd in the nation in total rushing yards. The star running back, Steve Slaton, finished 4th in the Heisman voting, while QB Pat White won Big East Offensive Player of the Year. Those are all lofty accomplishments.
How do you improve on that? Mindfuck all of college football, that’s how. Somewhere, Coach Rich Rodriguez is laughing.
Enjoy/masturbate to excerpts from Joe Starkey’s column on ESPN.com:
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Sure, West Virginia had the third-highest scoring offense in the country last season.
That didn’t mean coach Rich Rodriguez was afraid to tweak it. He even took suggestions.
“I don’t know how many people sent me letters about going to the wishbone,” Rodriguez said Saturday, shortly after his team’s season-opening practice at Mountaineer Field. “So I said, ‘The hell with it, I’m gonna do it.'”
Do it. Not really, but it would be totally awesome if you did. I prefer to humiliate opponents with plays that were invented by 1930s Army teams.
He was kidding, of course, but there is a significant change in the WVU offense — and it can only be construed as terrible news for defensive coordinators everywhere.
The Mountaineers intend to play faster this season.
That much became obvious after watching 15 minutes of practice. On its first three plays from scrimmage, the offense used three wildly different formations without switching personnel.
Faster? Oh no. No. No. No. Sensory overload.
Different formations? No. Too difficult to defend. Seriously Rodriguez, we scored 38.8 points a game last year…isn’t trying to score more just a tad presumptuous?
“That’s the idea, so we can play fast, so we don’t have to substitute and not let the other team have time to substitute,” said fullback Owen Schmitt. “Just go, go, go. That’s what Coach Rod wants. We can run all the way down the field and stay in the same personnel but with different formations.”
OK, that’s enough. We get the point: we’re going to be really, really, REALLY good. At this point, I have to try my best to stay clear of epileptic seizures when reading about Mountaineer football.
** Thanks to loyal reader Amelia for the tip. **