Two players that West Virginia was counting on in next week's Gator Bowl won't even dress out for the game. Starting safety Nate Sowers and defensive tackle Scooter Berry have been declared ineligible, apparently due to academics.
Sowers is a fifth-year senior who started in 11 of 12 games this season.
Berry, a junior and one of WVU's top D-Tackles, missed several games this year due to injuries and suspension after being charged with public intoxication and disorderly conduct.
According to The Charleston Gazette, "the loss of both players is significant."
West Virginia's defense is ranked #29 nationally in Rush Defense, #52 in Pass Defense and 34th in Total Defense. The 'Eers were tied for #24 in scoring defense, giving up an average of 20.75 points per game.
In its final game of the season, WVU's defense held Rutgers to 65 yards rushing, 9 of 27 passing with two interceptions, and 1 of 15 on third down attempts.