Team preview: West Virginia

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(All information as of July 1, 2005)


West Virginia, like the Big East itself, will sport a new look in 2005. But while the conference is completing its makeover, the Mountaineers are just beginning the process.

Coach Rich Rodriguez enters his fifth season in Morgantown with a radically different team from the one that has captured Big East co-championships each of the last two seasons.

Rodriguez watched as three players from last year's Gator Bowl team went in the first five round of the NFL draft in April. Junior cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones, widely considered the best defensive player produced by West Virginia in the last decade, went to the Tennessee Titans with the sixth overall pick. Wide receiver Chris Henry was taken by the Cincinnati Bengals in the third round, while quarterback Rasheed Marshall, the 2004 Big East Offensive Player of the Year, was selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the fifth round.