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WVU's Hogan suspended after arrest

| Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2010

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia cornerback Brandon Hogan was suspended indefinitely Tuesday after a drunken driving arrest — his second run-in with police in five months.

Hogan, a 2009 All-Big East first-team selection, was arrested about 3:30 a.m. Sunday in Morgantown after he was spotted driving the wrong way on a one-way street, Municipal Court Clerk Joyce Marshall said.

Hogan was charged with driving under the influence and posted $250 bond. His initial court appearance is set for Oct. 13.

"I and I alone with handle the discipline for the punishment in a fair, firm and strict manner," Stewart said. "He will rejoin the Mountaineer team when I deem fit."

Hogan has started 25 games and ranks fourth on the team with 11 tackles this season. He also has the team's only interception and is one of the Mountaineers' top punt returners.

Sophomore Pat Miller, who has one tackle this season, or redshirt freshman Brodrick Jenkins, who has no tackles, likely will replace Hogan at cornerback against Maryland at noon Saturday at Milan Puskar Stadium. Stewart said senior Brantwon Bowser, who has four tackles, also will be in the mix for the starting spot, but the decision will be up to cornerbacks coach David Lockwood.

Stewart said wide receivers Tavon Austin or J.D. Woods would return punts in place of Hogan.

"You've got to put some guys in that don't have as much experience, and you try to put them in situations where they can have success," Lockwood said. "It's time for them to grow up."

Miller said if he were to start Saturday, he would be ready.

"I have a mindset to come in and help out this defense," Miller said. "It's a big opportunity to show people that I can play and that I can come in and fill Hogan's shoes."

West Virginia senior starting linebacker J.T. Thomas said the loss of Hogan certainly will affect the defense.

"He's probably the best player on our defense," he said. "We are definitely going to look for someone to step up and fill his shoes."

Hogan has been on Stewart's disciplinary radar all year.

Stewart made Hogan do some extra conditioning in the spring because the coach felt he wasn't in shape. Stewart also sent Hogan to study hall and tutoring sessions before allowing him to take part in spring practices.

Hogan pleaded guilty in June to urinating in public stemming from an April incident in Morgantown. He was fined $135 but given no jail time.

Thomas said he has tried to keep Hogan's spirits up.

"It's a family, and just because your brother gets in a little bit of trouble, it doesn't mean your going to discard him. You wouldn't throw your kid out, right?" Thomas said. "He just has to move on, and he understands what he needs to do to get back, so he'll be fine."

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