Mike Molinari talks about W.Va. natives being in the Backyard Brawl

Mike Molinari talks about W.Va. natives being in the Backyard Brawl
Mike Molinari talks about W.Va. natives being in the Backyard Brawl(Mitchell Blahut - WTAP)
Published: Aug. 31, 2022 at 4:58 PM EDT
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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - With one more day until the Backyard Brawl begins, we continue our series speaking with former football Mountaineers about their time in the historic rivalry.

Mike Molinari, a punter and holder for the West Virginia Mountaineers says that he can’t wait to see this rivalry back after its 11-year hiatus.

The Parkersburg-native was a redshirt freshman in the last Backyard Brawl where the Mountaineers won 21 to 20 over the Pitt Panthers.

Molinari says that he is also very excited to see a lot of the other young West Virginia natives being a part of this historic feud.

Including kicker, Casey Legg who Molinari recruited to the program.

“The thing I love most about this roster is, and I think what Coach Brown has done a really good job of is how many West Virginia natives have an impact in this game. And so, again, going back to understanding a rivalry, understanding growing up with it, if you think about Dante Stills and I think we’re starting three offensive linemen all from West Virginia. He made that a focus when he came in that we’re going to get those guys and we’re going to have them. I took that same approach with a guy like Casey Legg,” says Molinari.

Molinari says that he loves seeing what is expected to be a large amount of WVU fans -- who will be the road team -- attending the game compared to Pitt fans.