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Jeff Noechel

Mountaineer linebacker Jeff Noechel's play rises to peak levels when he faces the Connecticut Huskies, but the West Virginia native is hard-pressed to identify the reasons for it.

Noechel would have loved to play UConn more than twice in his career, as he has recorded two stellar performances in the Mountaineers' two wins over the Big East newcomer. Last year, in Hartford, the senior linebacker racked up seven sacks, intercepted one pass and deflected another in West Virginia's 31-19 win. He also forced a fumble and had a tackle for loss in earning defensive champion honors... Recommended Stories