Football

Shell suddenly a factor late in games

Rushel Shell had his first 100-yard rushing game for West Virginia last week and the sophomore running back marked his fifth game with the Mountaineers by scoring a touchdown in a fourth consecutive contest.

The most significant outcome in the win against Kansas?

“It was the first game he really finished,” running backs coach JaJuan Seider said. “He’s been nicked up a little bit in the second half of these games, but that was the first game he got to finish and play all four quarters.”

This has the potential to be a great big deal for the Mountaineers, about as big as getting the former five-start recruit to transfer to WVU from Pitt.

“He’s the type of kid who gets stronger as the game goes on,” Seider said. “He may start slow until he gets his feet up underneath him, but that’s why you like a back like him. In the fourth quarter, you can continually hand the ball off to him because he’s going to continue to pick up chunks of yardage. Some of his longest runs were in the second half. He brings that to the table.”

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