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Former starting RB one of four Mountaineers no longer with the team

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West Virginia arrived in Miami yesterday as the prepare for the Orange Bowl on Jan. 4 against Clemson. However, they’ll be without four of their players when they take on the Tigers.

Coach Dana Holgorsen said Thursday that four players are no longer with the team — running backs Vernard Roberts (pictured) and Trey Johnson, as well as defensive backs Vance Roberts and Mike Dorsey. The Roberts brothers were academic casualties, and Dorsey reportedly violated team rules. Holgorsen said the four are “no longer with the program.”

Vernard Roberts started the season as the starter, but ended up falling back in the running back lineup. He ended the season with just 44 caries for 140 yards and three touchdowns. His brother, Vance, did not see any playing time this season.

Trey Johnson had just three carries for eight yards; Dorsey recorded just one tackle.

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8 Responses to “Former starting RB one of four Mountaineers no longer with the team”
  1. woebegong says: Dec 30, 2011 10:33 AM

    Looks like the WVU coach has adopted the old, true and tested principle, of “my way or the Highway”. I don’t understand why these players think that just because they are on the team, the rules that apply to the rest of the student population, don’t apply to them. It doesn’t look like the loss of these four will weaken their chances in the bowl game,so at least the rest of their former team mates will not suffer, due to their stupidity.

  2. harleyspoon says: Dec 30, 2011 10:51 AM

    And it opens up four more spots for recruiting kids who will have a chance to help the team…

  3. pabstman says: Dec 30, 2011 10:52 AM

    I’m usually not one to ask for a correction, but Trey Johnson didn’t “violate team rules”. He was buried in the depth chart, knew he would see limited playing time and asked for a transfer to Norfolk State. I ask you to research this a bit more b/c Trey was a great kid and did everything asked of him as a Mountaineer, unlike the other three who let the team down.


  4. burntorangehorn says: Dec 30, 2011 10:59 AM

    woebegong, if Holgorsen were to adopt “my way or the highway,” the whole team would be shacking up in hotels with co-eds and getting kicked out of casinos, right?

  5. pabstman says: Dec 30, 2011 11:03 AM

    Ben, I see the WVgazette ( ) , also says Trey “violated team rules”. I stand correct, I was told something different.


  6. Ben Kercheval says: Dec 30, 2011 11:03 AM

    you’re right about Johnson, pabst — at least about the violation of team rules. Oversight on my part. Thanks

  7. woebegong says: Dec 30, 2011 11:19 AM

    This could probably be true of almost any college coach to some degree. At least he is making some kind of effort, and not hiding it like two notable schools in the big ten were convicted of. To make this move right before the bowl games, should show some of his borderline folks, that he is in charge and it is a privilege to receive a college education, for free, but you still need to conform to the rules and put in your time, in the academics, no matter what your major is.

  8. thefiesty1 says: Dec 30, 2011 11:51 AM

    Just get through the bowl game and tell the courts to take a flying leap and start scheduling your Big12 schedule now. Run as fast as you can from that fiefdom they call the BE.

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