Tuesday, June 5, 2012

88 Reggie Rembert

Hometown: Okeechobee, FL
Career: 1988-1989
Record: 19-4-1, Bowl Record: 0-2
Reggie Rembert started his collegiate career at Independence Community College in Independence, Kansas. After two years at the Junior College level, Rembert got his shot to play Division I college football. Reggie came to play for Coach Don Nehlen at the height of the Mountaineers run in the late 80s. He quickly became a favorite target of Major Harris, piling up impressive receiving totals both years on campus. Rembert totaled 1,366 yards and 18 touchdowns receiving along with 145 yards and 3 touchdowns rushing.
Memorable Game: The 1988 Mountaineers came into the November 5 road game against Cincinnati at 8-0, ranked #4 in the polls, and in pursuit of a national championship. Rembert and the Mountaineers offense would show the Bearcats just how dominant they were. West Virginia would amass 498 yards of offense in the rout of Cincinnati. Reggie’s performance was instrumental to the WVU victory as he would go for two touchdowns through the air and a 51 yard rushing touchdown. West Virginia topped Cincinnati 51-13.
Competition: Not much in the way of competition on a notoriety basis. Some other receivers might have had better stats such as Shawn Terry. James Jett did wear #88 his first year on campus but would give up the number in favor of #15. At the end of the day, Rembert just stands out in my mind as #88 for the Mountaineers.
Teaser: The selection at #87 is a man who was a dominant player for the Mountaineers and went on to have a solid pro career for the Saints. He is probably the only Mountaineer football player that hails from the Virgin Islands. Can you figure out who this now 40+ year old Virgin Islander is?

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