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WVU football game times set
4 players named to
All-Big East preseason team

MORGANTOWN _ West Virginia University has announced the starting times of its 1997 football games.

The Mountaineers' opener with Marshall on Aug. 30 is slated for a noon start, as are home games against homecoming opponent Rutgers on Oct. 4, and Temple on Nov. 15. The East Carolina contest on Sept. 6 will be televised by ESPN and begins at 12:30 p.m., while the season finale against Pitt on Nov. 28 will be carried by CBS and begins at 2:30 p.m. Virginia Tech, the Mountaineers' other home opponent, will be in Morgantown on Oct. 25 with the game being played at 3:30 p.m.

Featured road games include WVU travelling to Notre Dame for a Nov. 22 contest that will be televised by NBC and will start at 1:30 p.m. The Boston College game on Sept. 13 has a starting time of noon, the Miami contest on Sept. 27 will start at 3:30 p.m., the Maryland game on Oct. 11 at 1 p.m. and the Syracuse game, which will be televised by ESPN, will start at 7:30 p.m.

The Miami and Virginia Tech games have later starting times in anticipation of possible television agreements. All game times are subject to change.

ALL CONFERENCE TEAM: Four West Virginia University football players have been selected by Football News to the preseason All-Big East team.

Sophomore running back Amos Zereoue and senior wide receiver David Saunders are joined in distinction by defensive teammates senior lineman Henry Slay and sophomore cornerback Perlo Bastien.

Zereoue, the Big East Rookie of the Year last season, was the first WVU freshman to rush for 100 yards in five games and led the Mountaineers with 972 yards despite being hobbled by a case of turf toe late in the season.

Saunders, who was selected to the All-Big East first team last season, grabbed a team-high 67 passes for 913 yards and four touchdowns.

Slay was fifth on the team in total tackles with 54 a year ago and was named to the All-Big East second team. He is seventh in WVU tackles for loss with 20, which was good enough for 10th in the conference and anchors a defensive line that returns three starters.

Bastien comes into his sophomore season after ranking sixth in Big East interceptions a year ago. He recorded interceptions in four consecutive games last season, including one that went for a 47-yard touchdown against Boston College.

WVU's four selections rank the team behind Miami, Syracuse and Virginia Tech, which each had five players chosen.

PLANE RIDE: The sixth annual Mountaineer Football Airplane Promotional Tour has been scheduled for Tuesday, July 8, with a select group of WVU players arriving in five cities across the Mountain State.

The players will travel to Martinsburg, Beckley, Charleston, Parkersburg and Wheeling. The WVU Sports Communications Office will announce participating players next week.

Updated June 27, 1997
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