The West Virginia Mountaineers return in 2013 trying to erase the downfall that they endured in 2012. During this downfall, one name on the Mountaineer’s roster fell into the background.
Remember Dustin Garrison? He was a freshman in 2011. He had a great season and was the undisputed starter out of the backfield for quite some time. You may remember his outstanding performance against the Bowling Green Falcons, when he barely missed breaking the WVU single-game rushing record and won Capital One’s Performer of the week.
Everything was good for the 5-foot-9, 166-pound running back. The team was performing well, and he was the main man in the backfield.
Things quickly turned around for Garrison, however. While training for the Discover Orange Bowl, Garrison sprained his MCL and ACL. He was forced to miss the Orange Bowl, as well as the entire 2012 spring.
Throughout his entire time injured, he spent most of his time receiving treatment on his knee and was unable to get onto the field to play much. During WVU’s five-game winning streak of the 2012-2013 season, Garrison only carried the ball eight times.
In the remaining games, he carried the ball 38 times, but for only 135 yards. The explosiveness we had come to expect from Garrison seemed to be lost.
Now, in the spring of 2013, it appears as though Garrison is fully healthy and ready to make his return to the field. He is moving as though he is not injured at all, showing some shades of his former self.
It will be interesting to watch how Garrison performs in 2013 if he can regain the running back spot. The Mountaineers just signed a new running backs coach in JaJuan Seider, so he will have to perform well enough to impress his new coach.