WVU’s Wesco Could See Bigger Role in Offense
Trevon Wesco could contribute more in WVU’s offense this season since back up wide receivers aren’t emerging as key contributors.
Tight end looking to expand role in WVU’s offense
MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–When the West Virginia University football team lost Jovon Durante (transferred) and Marcus Simms (suspended for the opener against Virginia Tech), it seemed like it would be easy to jump to the next in line.
But who is the next man up?
According to head coach Dana Holgorsen, none of the back up wide outs have stepped up to fill the void.
Outside of David Sills, Gary Jennings and Ka’Raun White, nobody has caught the fiery coach’s attention.
“Our starters have been starters from day one. When it comes to David Sills, Gary Jennings and Ka’Raun White those guys have been starting and those guys do everything right and I’m excited about what years that they’re going to have,” Holgorsen said.
Now, players like Trevon Wesco may have a possibility to expand their contributions.
In the past, tight ends have been sparingly used by Holgorsen. Last season Wesco had just one catch, a six-yard touchdown reception against Iowa State.
However, the 6-foot-4, 268-pound Martinsburg native may get a chance to make some noise.
“He’s had a great summer and a great fall camp,” offensive coordinator Jake Spavital said. “The improvements that he had from the spring going into the end of fall camp has been a tremendous jump. He’s put on good weight; he’s about 270 pounds. He’s moving really good. I think he’s going to give us some added body types in a game, and I feel comfortable putting him.”
With a talented Wesco in the mix, WVU may find a pleasant surprise in its backfield.
In 2014, Wesco had five catches for 47 yards at Lackawanna College and the redshirt junior could be just what Will Grier needs to spark the passing game against Virginia Tech and throughout the season.
“I think it’s different when you go up against a guy like (Hokies defensive coordinator) Bud Foster, who’s very intelligent in terms of how he matches up his defenders on certain guys,” Spavital said. “If they feel like Wesco can stretch the field vertical enough, then they’ll put a faster body type on him when they match and cover. So, I think that does help and can clear up some other opportunities for other people to get the ball, but if we can find those teams that aren’t really going to match their personnel very well, then we can get a mismatch with Wesco in the game.”
Also, Wesco adds the ability to block. That will be a definite plus if the Mountaineers need to use their running game more.