50 greatest WVU football players of all-time

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Nov 14, 2015; Morgantown, WV, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers running back Wendell Smallwood runs the ball down the sidelines during the third quarter against the Texas Longhorns at Milan Puskar Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

No. 7 Steve Slaton

Steve Slaton worked his way up from the fourth string to the starting line up as a freshman, leading West Virginia to the Sugar Bowl in his first season. That incredible rise was proven to be the right move by head coach Rich Rodriguez when Slaton rushed for 188 yards and five touchdowns in a come-from-behind win over Louisville.

For his career, Slaton tallied 3,923 yards and 50 touchdowns. With 1,744 rushing yards, he had the most in a single-season for a Mountaineer in 2006.

He was an All-American and finalist for the Doak Walker Award.

Slaton was drafted in the third round by the Houston Texans. He also played for the Miami Dolphins and in the Canadian Football League.

Next: No. 6 Avon Cobourne