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Alston Says He Will Play Against TCU

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West Virginia University Running Back Shawne Alston has not played since the game against Maryland on September 23. Alston suffered a deep thigh bruise that has kept him sidelined for the past four weeks and throughout most of that Maryland game.

Alston tweeted that he will return on November 3 against TCU, "To the real WVU fans, I'll be back for TCU."

Head Coach Dana Holgorsen would not confirm Alston's return for that game.

"I don't know if he is going to be able to play or not," Holgorsen said on the Big 12 coaches' teleconference. "It is going to take some practice time in order for him to earn some playing time back and show us that he is able to do it. That is no different than anyone on the team."

Alston provides a different style of running back that West Virginia's offense has been lacking. Alston carried the ball 30 times this season for 185 yards and three touchdowns. That is an average of more than six yards per carry.

"He makes us better, does a good job and brings maturity and toughness," Holgorsen said about Alston. "He brings a physical style of play that we are lacking a little bit in the run game. It would be good to get him back out there, but it is going to take some practice time to determine that."

Holgorsen is challenging his team to be more mentally tough. He mentioned how difficult that is for young players to have mental toughness early in their college careers. Adding an Alston back into the lineup would help in that category.

"We need more than him to get that truly accomplished from a team standpoint," Holgorsen stated. "He is a guy that has a presence in the locker room. Andrew Buie and Dustin Garrison have done an adequate job of replacing him but he brings a different style that would be helpful."

Alston's tough running ability would compliment the running styles of smaller backs like Andrew Buie and Dustin Garrison. It would also force the defense to have to pay more attention to the runs up the middle. That could open up the passing game once again.

Alston says he will be back. He has to back up that statement with solid practices to get Holgorsen's approval.

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