March 31, 2008

Brown returns to gridiron, turns heads

MORGANTOWN--Practicing for the first time since March 19, West Virginia's first-team offense struggled early on Monday evening. Starting quarterback Pat White completed nary a pass in his first two repetitions against the Mountaineers' first-team defense. Spring break seemed to have made the entire team sluggish. That was before Jarrett Brown stepped on the field.

Strapping on the pads for the first time since helping the WVU basketball squad to the regional semifinal round of the NCAA Tournament, Brown promptly led a mixture of first- and second-team offensive personnel into the end zone on three crisp passes covering a total of 50 yards. His second bullet was the most impressive, nailing wide receiver Dorrell Jalloh in the chest with such force that Jalloh's shoulder pads shifted violently before settling back into place. On the sideline, WVU free safety Franchot "Boogie" Allen posed an open question to no particular person: "Straight from the hardwood to the gridiron, and he's throwing darts like that?"

Allen wasn't the only one impressed by Brown's exploits.

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