Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett
The big news in Morgantown over the weekend was the return of Jock Sanders.
The receiver/running back was reinstated in time for Saturday's first fall practice. He had been suspended since a February DUI arrest. No one seemed happier to have him back than running back Noel Devine.
"That is my brother," Devine said. "Batman and Robin."
You always want to be Batman in that relationship. The Charleston Daily Mail's Mike Casazza has more on the bond between Sanders and Devine.
Sanders worked with the first team on Saturday as Wes Lyons missed the first day with a personal issue. Lyons was back in the slot receiver spot on Sunday. The mind spins at the different looks West Virginia can give defenses from that position, with either the pint-sized Sanders or the 6-foot-8 Lyons.
"He is just a different guy in the slot than he is at the line of scrimmage," head coach Bill Stewart said of Lyons. "When you're a 6-8 target, and a 5-10 defensive guy gets under you and jams you at the line of scrimmage, he has some difficulty with releases. When he's in the slot, particularly with the motion that we like to use, it really gives him an advantageous position."
Not surprisingly, junior college vagabond Tevita Finau was not at either of the Mountaineers' first two practices. The defensive end is still working on academic and personal issues, Stewart said.
"As you know, he is not a typical freshman because number one, he is older," Stewart said. "He just was married and had his first child. We are very happy for him and his bride.
"I don't know the status with his academics. That is still an on-going process, and I would like you to know the clock never stops. He will continue to work on the academic issues, as well as his personal issues. We are wishing him the very best, and hopefully he will join us as soon as possible."
Left tackle Don Barclay, who broke his left leg in the spring game, practiced this weekend. Stewart said Barclay was a little sore after the first workout but otherwise looked good. Freshman quarterback Geno Smith is also practicing after breaking a bone in his foot this summer, and Stewart said he looks better than he had anticipated. At least physically.
"His mind is tying his feet up right now," Stewart said. "He's a typical freshman and we're throwing the offense at him right now. Geno has a long way to go. "
There was also a new name for West Virginia fans to digest this weekend. Jerrard Hunter, a 6-foot-3, 173-pound receiver who originally committed to Illinois, joined the roster after qualifying late. The Mountaineers added him after freshman Deon Long failed to qualify academically.