MORGANTOWN, W.Va.– With Sean Ryan sidelined for the next few weeks and Sam James’ status up in the air, it gives other wide receivers for West Virginia the opportunity to produce, including redshirt freshman Bryce Wheaton.
For Wheaton, potentially starting comes mere days after he scored his first collegiate touchdown.
“It was a feeling I can’t describe,” he said. “It felt good to have your hard work pay off, especially all the years I’d spent around the program, it’s kind of like a dream come true.”
During fall camp, the 6-foot-3, 215-pound wide out was turning heads. However, injuries slowed him down and other receivers stepped up.
Now, Wheaton is healthy and ready to for the challenge of seeing more playing time.
“I feel like I’ve been ready but I had to prove it to the coaches first so yeah I feel like I am ready for what’s next,” he said.
While seeing limited action was trying for the Fuquay-Varina, N.C. native, Wheaton just had to be patient and his time would come.
“It was kind of difficult because last year I sat out too and redshirted,” he said. “This year it was a little more difficult but I had to just trust the process and be ready for my time.”
Now, it’s Wheaton’s time and his teammates expect him to step up.
“It’s go time,” redshirt junior wide receiver T.J. Simmons said. “You’re not the backup. When the game kicks off it’s your turn to go now. You got to be ready just like everybody else and if you’re not up for the challenge it’s going to show but if you are ready to go, you’re going to have a good game, no matter who you’re playing against.”
And Wheaton knows it’s the next man up.
” I have to go in and be ready to make plays and that’s what I do,” he said.