MORGANTOWN - Dana Holgorsen was full of praise Monday for the two key components of the offense that his team will face Saturday when West Virginia meets James Madison in Landover, Md.
"Offensively they've got a good 1-2 threat with their quarterback, the Thorpe kid, and then their running back, the Scott kid,'' Holgorsen said Monday, referring to JMU's Justin Thorpe and Dae'Quan Scott. "They've both had two tremendous games to start the season. They want those two guys to touch the ball quite a bit.''
There seems a chance, though, that half of that 1-2 punch could be missing when the teams meet at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at FedEx Field.
Scott, who was named the Colonial Athletic Assoc. offensive player of the week on Monday, injured an ankle in the Dukes' 42-3 win over Alcorn State. JMU coach Mickey Matthews said Monday morning that Scott was "very questionable'' for Saturday.
"I do not think he'll play, if I had to guess right now,'' Matthews said.
Of course, a lot can happen between now and Saturday, and perhaps Matthews was overstating his pessimism regarding Scott. But if he does sit out, it would be a huge blow to the Dukes.
"I don't think it's going out on a limb saying he's the best football player we have,'' Matthews said.
Scott played less than one half against Alcorn State, but rushed for 108 yards and two touchdowns on just eight carries. He also caught five passes for 39 yards and a score. He had 208 all-purpose yards, but turned his ankle while catching that TD pass.
"It was swollen pretty good [Sunday] night. And ankles do not get well [quickly],'' Matthews said. "If you know Dae'Quan, he'll go get a new ankle somewhere so he can play because he loves to play so much. But I don't know. It just doesn't look very good right now.''
In JMU's first two games - the other was a 55-7 rout of Saint Francis (Pa.) - Scott has played just five quarters, but has averaged nine yards per rush and is the team's leading receiver with eight catches.