Four WVU Alumni to Start in NFL Wild Card Games

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West Virginia has had great success of producing NFL talent the past few years. Four of the Mountaineers most talented alumni will be starting this coming weekend in the NFL playoffs. Each wild card game this weekend will feature one Mountaineer starter, so WVU fans will have plenty to cheer about this coming weekend.

Let’s take a quick look at the four Mountaineers greats and their match-ups.

Adam “Pacman” Jones, Bengals at Texans Saturday 4:30 PM (NBC)

December 23, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam Jones (24) returns a punt against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first quarter at Heinz Field. The Cincinnati Bengals won 13-10. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Jones will be making a start at cornerback for the Bengals against the Texans. Pacman will be looking to force Matt Schaub into making a poor decision and to create a turnover. On the season, Jones has compiled 40 tackles, 9 pass deflections, 1 sack, and 1 forced fumble on the defensive side of the football. He has also made his presence felt in the kick return game, averaging 11.6 yards per return with 1 touchdown.

Jones will most likely be charged with guarding vetern receiver Kevin Walter while Nate Clements will be tasked with shutting down Andre Johnson. Schaub will attempt to challenge Jones early and often. Expect Pacman’s play to be a major factor in the success of the Texans passing game.

 

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