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Notebook: Mountaineers dealing with different distraction

| Friday, Dec. 30, 2005

Georgia's offense isn't the only thing keeping West Virginia coach Rich Rodriguez awake at night these days. It's the noise from hundreds of teenagers staying at the team's Sugar Bowl headquarters at the Hyatt in Atlanta. Mountaineers safety Mike Lorello said the commotion doesn't bother him.

"I can sleep through anything," he said. "Growing up, I had train tracks running right past my house."

  • After a night of partying at the ESPN Zone, the Mountaineers' team curfew will move up to midnight tonight and keep moving up as Monday's 8:30 p.m. kickoff for the Sugar Bowl draws closer.

  • West Virginia found another way to take advantage of quarterback Pat White's speed. He's been playing the role of Georgia quarterback D.J. Shockley in practice.

    "Pat has been able to give us a good look to compare with Shockley," linebacker Jeff Noechel said.

  • West Virginia slot receiver Jason Colson (knee) is doubtful, and wide receiver Jeremy Bruce (ankle) of Beaver Falls is questionable, Rodriguez said. Georgia wide receiver Sean Bailey will miss the game while facing surgery for a torn anterior cruciate ligament injury sustained last week in practice. Bailey might miss next season according to Bulldogs wide receivers coach John Eason.

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