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Baylor QB Blake Shapen ‘not wanting nice’ to play towards West Virginia on Saturday

MORGANTOWN — West Virginia acquired to know Baylor quarterback Blake Shapen very properly final season. 

Throughout an October sport in Morgantown, Shapen shredded the Mountaineer protection, throwing for 326 yards and two touchdowns. A part of the rationale WVU was in a position to come away with the 43-40 victory was as a result of Shapen was knocked out of the sport with an harm.

The redshirt junior is unlikely to get a second shot on the Mountaineers this week (7 p.m./FS!) as Baylor coach Dave Aranda introduced Monday that Shapen is coping with a head harm.

“Blake has a head harm and it’s not wanting nice proper now,” Aranda mentioned. “We don’t have a closing say on it proper now so we’re nonetheless hoping, but it surely doesn’t look good.”

Shapen, who missed a few video games earlier this season with an harm, has put up strong numbers for the Bears (3-8, 2-6 Huge 12) this season, throwing for two,188 yards and 13 touchdowns with simply three interceptions. 

“I feel the child’s actually powerful,” WVU coach Neal Brown mentioned. “I like his skillset, I actually do. Due to what their document is, he most likely hasn’t gotten talked about as a lot however the child can play and he can spin the ball.”

Sophomore Sawyer Robinson would begin if Shapen can’t go. He;s throw for 649 yards and one landing with 4 interceptions this season, taking part in important snaps throughout shapen’s earlier absence. 

“He’s actually excited,” Aranda mentioned. “Speaking to among the guys, they’re excited concerning the alternative for him too.”

DayDay’s Dancing

Following West Virginia’s (7-4, 5-3) convincing win over Cincinnati on Saturday, a video began making the rounds on social media of senior defensive lineman Davoan “DayDay” Hawkins dancing to The Pleasure of West Virginia’s rendition of ‘Celebration.’ 

It isn’t the primary time a video of Hawkins dancing has appeared on-line this season as Hawkins appears to have captured WVU followers’ hearts throughout his first, and solely, season in Morgantown.

“He’s precisely how he appears, he’s a extremely energetic man,” linebacker Jared Bartlett mentioned. “That’s simply how he’s on a regular basis. On the soccer area, within the assembly room, outdoors of right here, that’s simply how the man is.”

Hawkins, who transferred from Tennessee State final offseason, has been a key rotational participant on WVU’s defensive position this season. On the 12 months, he has six whole tackles with two tackles for loss and a sack.

“DayDay is a giant character and I feel that’s necessary to have, particularly defensively,” defensive coordinator Jordan Lesley mentioned. “DayDay is that sort of man and that by no means modifications. Whether or not that’s walk-through or on the sideline, he’s the identical man on a regular basis, he’s a high-energy, high-juice man. Quite a lot of enjoyable to be round, I really like having gamers like that.”

Other than his function on the sector, what Hawkins brings to the group by way of power appears to be simply as necessary.

“When you have got low power ranges that’s how groups come out flat.,” Bartlett mentioned. “That’s how groups come out and get smacked within the first quarter and on the primary play. Having dudes like that actually will get the power flowing and will get groups able to play.”


Brown feels good that the Mountaineers will get two offensive starters again at full energy this week. Operating again CJ Donaldson and proper deal with Doug Nester each dressed on Saturday towards Cincinnati, however neither performed giant roles. Donaldson carried the ball simply 5 instances and Nester didn’t play a single snap.

“CJ didn’t follow (Monday), he is not going to follow (Tuesday), we’ll get him going Wednesday. We’ll use Doug in the identical approach to give him somewhat bit extra time to return again,’ Brown mentioned. “I feel each will find yourself being able to go. I’ll know extra after Wednesday’s follow, however I feel each might be prepared.”

Proper guard Brandon Yates left Saturday’s sport and Brown mentioned he’s at the moment in a protocol together with his standing for Baylor unsure.