An additional option, senior running back James Richmond, is questionable to return tonight after injuring a knee last week.
Carpenter thinks his youthful-but-experienced players are mature enough to put the opening-week romp behind them.
"A lot of these guys, especially the seniors, have been around,'' Carpenter said, "and I guess that's what veterans give you. They hear us [coaches] griping and giving out warnings the last couple of years. They've been through all these growing pains you get to get yourself established. They'll remind the young kids every game they play here is big. They know our approach won't change, and I don't think the kids will, either.''
Peek, meanwhile, doesn't foresee any problems getting his team off Cloud 9 following last week's coveted win, which was assured when the Tigers stopped the Beavers from inside the 1-yard line on the game's final play.
"They were pumped,'' he said, "and that's what we talked about [this week]. Get over that one and take it one at a time. It's a great win, but get that out of the memory bank and get ready for Capital.
"I think they will. The kids have bought into what we're doing. It's a whole different attitude in this bunch this year. I was hired three days before the season last year, and the seniors didn't buy into what we were trying to sell.''
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.