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West Virginia RB CJ Donaldson to Miss Duke’s Mayo Bowl

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The West Virginia Mountaineers are set to be without one of their best players for the Duke’s Mayo Bowl as head coach Neal Brown announced that running back CJ Donaldson will not play in the bowl game later this month.

“That’s really my decision. He had surgery, and I thought [the injury] affected him right at the end of the year, especially the Baylor game,” Neal Brown said on Sunday. “I felt like an offseason was more important to him than not being able to play full-speed in the bowl game.”


According to Brown, Donaldson is rehabbing from the surgery. This is the second offseason Donaldson has had to undergo surgery.

Donaldson led West Virginia with 798 rushing yards and tallied 11 rushing touchdowns this season. He averaged 4.7 yards per carry and topped 100 yards on the ground three times. The sophomore running back scored at least one rushing touchdown in nine consecutive games this season.

With Donaldson unavailable, expect freshman running back Jahiem White to carry the load, along with freshman DJ Oliver.

White averaged 8.2 yards per rush, totaling 792 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns in his first season. He closed the season strong, rushing for at least 133 yards in three of the final four games. Oliver played in four games this year and had 10 carries for 38 yards and a touchdown.

Center Zach Frazier will also not play for WVU in the bowl game.

The Duke’s Mayo Bowl will kicks off on Wednesday, Dec. 27, from Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina between WVU and North Carolina at 5:30 p.m. EST.

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