MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia running back Shawne Alston is listed as day-to-day with a thigh bruise and his status for Saturday's game against Baylor is unclear.

The leading rusher for the ninth-ranked Mountaineers' leading could play against No. 25 Baylor on Saturday. Coach Dana Holgorsen said it depends on how Alston progresses, though he sounded optimistic Tuesday about Alston's chances.

"He needs to practice at a high level this week in order to play," Holgorsen said. "Do I expect it to happen? Yeah, I do."

Alston injured his right thigh against James Madison two weeks ago. He didn't get a carry and saw limited playing time in West Virginia's 31-21 win over Maryland.

"We just felt like it was in our best interest not to play him," Holgorsen said. "It's a long season. And if you're not healthy enough to practice during the week, then you're probably not going to play on Saturday, so that was our stance with it."

Andrew Buie started in Alston's place against Maryland and could get the call again against 25 Baylor (3-0).

Alston leads the Mountaineers with 185 yards rushing and has scored three of the team's five rushing touchdowns. Without him, West Virginia (3-0) was limited to 25 yards on the ground against Maryland.

Holgorsen said Maryland's defense "did a good job of taking the run away. The (25) times we handed the ball off, we didn't get very many yards, and we didn't have the ball very much, either. So you're only looking at 65 snaps to deal with. You don't want to waste half of them for the sake of handing it off to try to establish the run."

And Holgorsen said he didn't want Buie to carry the ball 35 times, either.

"You've got to be careful of wearing people out," he said.