Last season, Andrew Buie led West Virginia in rushing. The running back won’t, however, get the chance to repeat that feat.
Head coach Dana Holgorsen announced Tuesday that the decision has been made to redshirt Buie for the 2013 season so the player can develop “mentally and physically.”
“He’s just going to develop mentally and physically and we’re going to leave it at that,” Holgorsen said. “He’s not going to play this year. He’s going to redshirt and I fully expect him to be ready to roll in the spring.”
Buie had been behind four other WVU teammates in the running back pecking order, with Holgorsen stating there was nothing else to the decision to sit the back for the season than the talent ahead of him. One of the players ahead of Buie, Charles Sims, transferred in from Houston while another is a true freshman.
Another transfer, Pittsburgh’s Rushel Shell, will sit out the 2013 season and be eligible in 2014.
Buie led all Mountaineers with 851 yards rushing last season and tied for the team lead with seven rushing touchdowns.