Tuesday, July 24, 2012

39 Chris Peccon

Hometown: Uniontown, PA
Career: 1983-1986
Record: 28-17-1, Bowl Record: 2-0
Chris Peccon was not a highly touted recruit for the Mountaineers. He walked on for West Virginia in 1983 as a special teams player. Coach Nehlen was so impressed with his work ethic and dedication that he gave Peccon a scholarship in 1984. Peccon would see limited carries in 1984, serving as a backup to Ron Wolfley. After Wolfley graduated, Peccon took over as the starter in 1985. For his career, he would contribute 392 yards rushing and 3 touchdowns. He might not have been the flashiest of Mountaineer players, but his hard work helped WVU pull out some big wins in the mid-1980s.
Memorable Game: Chris Peccon had one signature performance in his career, a 1986 victory over Louisville. It was a game in which the Mountaineers were playing for pride after starting the season 3-6. WVU traveled to Louisville that day and showcased that pride by drubbing the Cardinals. Peccon was a big part of West Virginia’s win with 55 yards rushing and 3 touchdowns. This was the only time Chris Peccon rushed for touchdowns in his career, yet he did have a tremendous performance with few carries. WVU would outgain Louisville 474 to 321 yards respectively. West Virginia beat down Louisville in front of their home crowd, 42-19.
Competition: This was definitely one of the weaker numbers in WVU football history. No other real big name players have worn this number outside of Quincy Wilson wearing it as a freshman. So Peccon gets the nod by way of a lack of competition.
Teaser: Tomorrow the blog looks at the career of another WVU special teamer. This player hails from Fairfax, VA and yes, he is a punter. Again, many might disagree with placing kickers and punters in the countdown, but as long as kicking is part of the game of football, it is necessary to honor those that excel at their position on the field. I think that might have been one of the lessons I learned on the Brady Bunch?

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