Thursday afternoon brought two big pieces of news to the West Virginia football team. Running back Leddie Brown announced his decision to skip WVU’s bowl game, while Bryce Ford-Wheaton announced his decision to stay for another year.
After spending the last four seasons as a Mountaineer, Brown has decided to pursue his dream of playing in the NFL. Brown announced he will be skipping West Virginia’s bowl game on Dec. 28, to try and prepare for his “life long dream.”
Brown not wanting to risk an injury in the bowl game said he thanks the entire West Virginia coaching staff, saying “helping me develop as a leader and a man, as well as master my craft to allow me [to] take my talents on to the next level.”
In four seasons, Brown rushed for over 2,800 yards, 27 touchdowns, while catching five touchdown passes. Brown eclipsed the 1,000 yard mark on the ground each of the past two seasons, and this year rushed for 1,065 yards and 13 touchdowns. Brown finishes off an illustrious Mountaineer career, having played in 43 career games.
The second big piece of new came from wide receiver Bryce Ford-Wheaton who announced on Twitter he would be coming back to West Virginia for the 2022 season. Ford-Wheaton was in his fourth season at West Virginia this season after being redshirted in 2018. Ford-Wheaton had 560 yards and 40 receptions this year on three touchdowns and was arguably West Virginia’s most dynamic and reliable receiver.
Ford-Wheaton will more than likely be one of the top options at the receiver position going into the 2022 season, and this is certainly good news for a West Virginia offense that at times struggled to move the ball through the air this season.
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