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INJURY REPORT: WVU RB Tony Mathis, OL James Gmiter Did Not Travel to Ames



West Virginia will officially be without a couple key contributors and have to get creative to establish the run against Iowa State today.

Running back Tony Mathis, who missed WVU’s game against TCU a week after being named the Big 12’s Co-Offensive Player of the Week, did not travel to Ames, Iowa with the team. Mathis’ status was said to be evaluated throughout the week on Tuesday. Offensive lineman James Gmiter also did not make the trip. Gmiter did not dress last Saturday despite not appearing on any prior injury report. It was later revealed his mother passed away. It is unclear if his mother’s passing is why he is actually missing games.

Unfortunately for the Mountaineers, Mathis being out does not mean the team could then just turn to the other back of WVU’s two-back duo this season. Freshman sensation CJ Donaldson is out for the season. He left the TCU game multiple times despite totaling over 100 yards on the day.

BREAKING: WVU RB CJ Donaldson Out for Remainder of Season

Head coach Neal Brown and offensive coordinator Graham Harrell will have to get creative to stay balanced without both of their leading running backs and a big part of the blocking game. This is also compounded by tight end Mike O’Laughlin suffering a third ACL tear and surgery taking him out of action for the rest of the year.

Brown did mention looking to quarterback Garrett Greene for rushing yards with Justin Johnson Jr. not ready to handle the entire work load on his own.

Injuries to Force West Virginia Football to Turn to QB Garrett Greene for Rushing Yards

WVU and Iowa State are scheduled to kickoff in about an hour at 3:30 EST today. The game will air on ESPN+.

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