MORGANTOWN - James Madison faces the possibility of playing its biggest game of the season without its biggest name player.
JMU football coach Mickey Matthews said running back Dae'Quan Scott will most likely sit out Saturday's game against the Mountaineers after suffering an ankle sprain last weekend in the win over Alcorn State.
Despite playing only 27 minutes, Scott ran for 108 yards and two touchdowns on just eight carries. He also caught five passes for another 39 yards and a touchdown.
His efforts landed him the CAA Offensive Player of the Week. A pre-season I-AA All-America selection, Scott has already run for 180 yards and three touchdowns, caught eight passes for 90 yards and two scores and returned seven punts for an average of nearly 12 yards per try.
Matthews said replacing Scott will not be an easy task, and not just because of his eye-popping running ability.
"The thing about Dae-Quan is he's such a versatile guy," Matthews said. "He can catch the ball, he's a good blocker and he runs the zone play well. You're going to miss a guy like that. You have to replace him with three guys.
In the pre-game listings put out by the school, Scott has been replaced at running back by Jordan Anderson and Dejor Simmons.
Even with that news, WVU coach Dana Holgorsen will believe Scott will not play when he actually sees him not playing.
"We are going to anticipate him playing," Holgorsen said. "If he is questionable, we are going to anticipate him playing."
Eighth-ranked WVU, 1-0, will battle the Dukes, 2-0 and rated fourth in the FCS poll, at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at FedEx Field in Landover, Md., the home of the NFL Washington Redskins. The game will be televised by Root Sports.