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WR Sanders gets another shot with WVU

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Sunday, Aug. 9, 2009
 

West Virginia football coach Bill Stewart has given top returning wide receiver Jock Sanders another chance.

Sanders was reinstated to the team and practiced with the Mountaineers on Saturday, six months after his arrest on drunken driving charges in Morgantown, W.Va.

"It's the right thing to do," Stewart said in brief remarks about Sanders after practice. "It needed to be done to get this behind him."

Sanders was the team's leading receiver last season with 53 catches for 462 yards and seven touchdowns. His actions off the field will be monitored closely, and Stewart hasn't decided whether the junior will miss any playing time during the upcoming season.

"He's on a very short leash," Stewart said.

Teammates were glad to see Sanders, who was suspended indefinitely from the team shortly after his arrest. He wasn't made available for comment after yesterday's practice.

"It was a blessing to get him back out there," quarterback Jarrett Brown said.

A criminal complaint in Monongalia County Magistrate Court says Sanders had a blood-alcohol level of 0.125 percent, above the legal limit of 0.08, when he was pulled over Feb. 7.

It was his second brush with the law in a year.

In March 2008, Sanders and three other players pleaded no contest to a battery charge.

 

 
 


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