What a difference a year makes. At this point in the season last year, Buie had been relegated to the third or fourth option at tailback after mixed performances to start the season. Buie found himself looking up the depth chart at Roberts, Garrison, and Alston. For his entire 2011 campaign, Buie would tally 172 yards rushing, 85 yards receiving, and one touchdown.
Buie would not see any real significant playing time until the Orange Bowl when Garrison went down with a knee injury. Since that point, Buie has moved up the depth chart to form a dynamic one-two combination with Alston this season.
With Alston out the past few weeks, nursing a thigh bruise, Buie has seen a steady increase in carries. In the last two weeks alone, Buie has carried the ball 56 times for 289 yards and 4 touchdowns, outpacing his entire 2011 total.
Coach Holgorsen, believes that Buie is capable of being the featured back, but admits that he is eager to add more depth in the backfield.
It looks like it to me. The concern is the wear and tear. As I’ve mentioned a hundred times, the wear and tear is a little different on running backs than quarterback or a receiver or a corner or a safety that doesn’t take that (a hit) every time. He carried it 31 times, and he got hit 31 times. He blocks, which is hard, and he runs routes, which is taxing. The wear and tear is something to be concerned with, which is why we need to get Dustin (Garrison) healthy and Shawne (Alston) healthy.- Coach Dana Holgorsen
Depth in the running game can be a big issue going forward, especially if Buie were to get banged up. In terms of carries, Buie is more than capable of handling the lions-share of the carries going forward. The way he ran against Texas, he showed that he is an emerging star at running back and will be instrumental to the West Virginia offense the rest of this season.