Underrated Receiver Boosts WVU

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia wide receiver Darius Reynaud takes a basic approach to returning kickoffs.

When he sees an opening, he runs for it.

Reynaud raced untouched 96 yards on a kickoff for the Mountaineers' fifth touchdown last Thursday night in a 45-24 non- conference victory over Maryland at Milan Puskar Stadium.

"When I picked it up, I just saw green, so I hit it hard," Reynaud said. "When I saw all that green, my eyes got so big. I just ran."

Reynaud, a speedy junior from Luling, La., made 30 catches last season and displayed a knack for making big plays in big games.

He grabbed a 3-yard touchdown reception and scored again on a 13- yard reverse in West Virginia's 38-35 victory over Georgia on Jan. 2 in the Sugar Bowl at the Georgia Dome.

Reynaud could get the ball in his hands more often when the No. 4 Mountaineers (3-0) play the East Carolina Pirates (1-2) at Greenville, N.C., in a non-conference game at 4:30 p.m. Saturday on ESPN2.

"Darius is one of the most underrated playmakers on our team," West Virginia coach Rich Rodriguez said.

Reynaud overcame a bobble at the 4-yard line on his kickoff scoring dash against the Terrapins.

"When the ball hit the ground, I just hoped nobody was going to come blow me up," Reynaud said. "It happened so fast, I just had to make up for it with a TD. …