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WVU RB Jaylen Anderson Named Big 12 Co-Newcomer of the Week

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Anyone who wasn’t aware of Jaylen Anderson prior to his performance against Oklahoma State definitely knows about him now.

And the West Virginia running back is being recognized for his big game by the Big 12. Anderson has been named the conference’s Co-Newcomer of the Week. He shares the honor with Oklahoma quarterback Dillon Gabriel.

The WVU freshman back ran for a total of 155 yards on only 15 carries on Saturday afternoon in the win over OSU. He averaged 10.3 yards per carry thanks to two touchdown runs over 50 yards (57 and 54 yards to be exact). These were his first two touchdowns of his college career. Anderson started to slowly emerge as a viable running back option after injuries to Tony Mathis and CJ Donaldson.

Watch: WVU RB Jaylen Anderson Bursts for Two Big Touchdown Runs

His monster game in the rain at Oklahoma State gave the Mountaineers there fifth win of the season and handed the Cowboys their first loss at home in two years. Anderson ran for 275 yards on 35 carries in a limited role during the 2022 season.

 

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