Two starting defensive backs questionable for West Virginia

Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett

West Virginia may have to defend dangerous North Carolina wide receiver Hakeem Nicks and others without two starting defensive backs in Saturday's Meineke Car Care Bowl.

Safety Sidney Glover has been limited during bowl practices in Charlotte with an injured right knee. Glover told the Charleston Daily Mail that the knee was improving, however, and he hoped to be able to play. Glover was the Big East defensive player of the week after he came up with two turnovers in the 13-7 win over South Florida on Dec. 6.

Starting cornerback Brandon Hogan, meanwhile, has not appeared in any of the team's bowl practices for what head coach Bill Stewart termed "personal reasons," according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Hogan leads the team with seven pass breakups and is tied for team honors with three interceptions.

Nicks is the Tar Heels' top downfield threat. He caught 60 passes for 1,005 yards and nine touchdowns this season.