3. TOP WEST VIRGINIA PLAYERS
Best West Virginia Offensive Player
QB Austin Kendall, Jr.
At least, the hope is that he’ll be the star of the offensive show. He didn’t get a whole lot of work at Oklahoma, but last year he completed 12-of-17 passes for 122 yards and a touchdown in his limited work behind Kyler Murray. With Jalen Hurts coming aboard, it was time to move on and kickstart his career – and West Virginia got itself a potential superstar.
Yes, he still has to beat out Jack Allison for the starting job, and yes, he hasn’t proven he can rise up and rock on a regular basis, but he’s accurate, mobile, and he’s the right prospect to grow into the job in the overall transition.
2. OG Josh Sills, Jr.
3. OT Colton McKivitz, Sr.
4. RB Kennedy McKoy, Sr.
5. PK Evan Staley, Jr.
Best West Virginia Defensive Player
LB/S JoVanni Stewart, Sr.
Call this more of a projection than a proven fact, but as is, he’s awfully good. What is he? The 5-8, 197-pounder is built like a safety, he’s used at times like a linebacker, and he makes a whole lot of plays no matter where he works.
On a defense undergoing so many changes, and with so many key parts gone or taking off, his all-around skills and experience stand out. He made 54 tackles with four sacks and 10.5 tackles for loss last season, and now he should do even more when the ball is in the air.
2. CB Josh Norwood, Sr.
3. CB Keith Washington, Sr.
4. DT Reese Donahue, Sr.
5. DE Taijh Alston, Soph.