A few small things came out of the Big East Conference conference call in which West Virginia coach Bill Stewart participated in just a few moments ago.
> Quenton Spain, the enormous offensive tackle, is not on the two-deep. Of Spain, Stewart said, "He has to get a lot better."
> The backup quarterback situation seems to be unsettled, with freshmen Barry Brunetti and Jeremy Johnson still battling for the place directly behind starter, and sophomore, Geno Smith. According to Stewart, "We will know more about that Saturday [at the Coastal Carolina game]. Right now they are both pretty much even and neck and neck." When I observed the scrimmages and practice, it looked to me as if Brunetti was comfortably ahead of Johnson, working with the second team much of the time. And then there was the whole homesick issue with Johnson during the latter part of camp. While it could be the case where they are, in fact, "neck and neck," if I were betting on this, I'd say we see Brunetti first. Also, could it be a case where Johnson was told he'd get a chance if he didn't head back home to Texas, thus this could be a bit of lip service to keep him happy?
> This isn't something solely in the West Virginia or Stewart realm, but conference-wide. The new injury-reporting system -- which I really like -- will go like this: On Mondays, each school will list players who are out for the season or scheduled to undergo surgery. Then, two days before each game, the schools are required to put injured players into four categories: Probable, Questionable, Doubtful and Out.