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Durante, Gibson look to be WVU’s starting wide receiver duo

Shelton Gibson  (Photo Credit: Kelsie VanderWijst)
Shelton Gibson 
(Photo Credit: Kelsie VanderWijst)

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–Questions about the West Virginia University offensive positions have been lingering for several weeks.

On Monday, head coach Dana Holgorsen addressed the three positions up for grabs.

Redshirt sophomore Shelton Gibson will start at the X-receiver position and true freshman Jovon Durante will start at the Z-receiver spot.

His route running ability,” Holgorsen said about Durante. “He does have outstanding speed, but route running ability and hand-eye coordination. His ball skills are really good. He’s a guy we can use in the return game as well.

“The whole thing with him is if he can hold up,” Holgorsen continued. “There’s going to be some wear and tear during the season.”

After weeks of battling with Tony Matteo at right guard, Michigan transfer Kyle Bosch is taking reps as the starter.

(Photo Credit: Ashley Conley)
Shelton Gibson running routes during Fall Camp (Photo Credit: Ashley Conley)

In the big scheme of things, neither Gibson nor Bosch are big surprises. Bosch was figured to be an immediate asset to the offensive line.

However, there are several practices remaining before Saturday’s game against Georgia Southern and no position is a give in.

“Tony Matteo has done well and we’ve got some receivers that have done well in addition to that, so we’ll keep practicing and see how it shakes out,” Holgorsen said.

Daikiel Shorts, Wendell Smallwood and Jordan Thompson were all three mentioned by Holgorsen as valuable assets to the offense. The three of them are versatile and give the coaches different options to work with. Shorts will play several positions this season.

Big things could be on the horizon this fall in Morgantown

Shanna Rose
WVU Graduate with a bachelor's in journalism and multimedia journalist. Sports Fan and sports writer. Former WVU News reporter. Contact Shanna on Twitter @SMR1837
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