Morgantown, W.VA. – The 2021 college football season is just around the corner and the West Virginia Mountaineers are roughly two weeks away from opening up their fall camp. A fall with full capacity stadiums, tailgates, more fans traveling; all of that is just weeks away as the summer bleeds into the first signs of football.
For football fans, the last portion of July and August either fly by or drag on. In a few short weeks, photos from camp will start to hit the internet, season predictions and previews start coming out in droves, and even more speculation on ‘do we have a solid quarterback’ and ‘what will our defense do’ become near constant questions.
The Mountaineers are coming off a 6-4 season during Head Coach Neal Brown’s sophomore season. Undefeated at home and winless on the road minus the bowl game, it’s evident to most everyone one of the biggest hurdles the Mountaineers will face in 2021: winning on the road. The Big 12 is home to some very difficult stadiums and crowd, making road game victories a crucial piece to a successful season puzzle.
Fall camp is the first glimpse of off-season improvement since spring practice and the spring game. Over the first few weeks of August, the team’s structure will start to take a firm shape as the pre-season depth chart becomes more finalized leading up to September 4th’s season opener at Maryland.
WR (x) – Bryce Ford-Wheaton, Kaden Prather
WR (slot) – Winston Wright, Reese Smith
LT – Brandon Yates, Nick Malone or Ja’Quay Hubbard
LG – James Gmiter, Donavan Beaver
C – Zach Frazier, Tyler Connolly
RG – Doug Nester or Jordan White
RT – Parker Moorer or John Hughes
TE (y) – Mike O’Laughlin, T.J. Banks
WR (h) – Sam James, Graeson Malashevich
WR (z) – Sean Ryan or Isaiah Esdale, Sam Brown
QB – Jarret Doege, Garret Greene
RB – Leddie Brown, Tony Mathis, A’Varius Sparrow
DT – Dante Stills, Jalen Thornton or Sean Martin
NT – Akheem Mesidor, Jordan Jefferson or Edward Vesterinen
DE – Taijh Alston, Lanell Carr or Taurus Simmons
Bandit – VanDarius Cowan or Jared Bartlett
WLB – Exree Loe, Lance Dixon
MLB – Josh Chandler-Semedo, Deshawn Stevens or James Thomas
Spear – Scottie Young, Naim Muhammad
LCB – Nicktroy Fortune, Daryl Porter Jr.
FS – Alonzo Addae, Davis Mallinger
CS – Sean Mahone, K.J. Martin
RCB – Jackie Matthews, Charles Woods
PK – Evan Staley or Tyler Sumpter
H – Graeson Malashevich
P – Tyler Sumpter
KO – Casey Legg
LS – J.P. Handley or Austin Brinkman
KOR – Winston Wright, A’Varius Sparrow
PR – Graeson Malashevich, Winston Wright
The Mountaineers will look to continue to gain momentum as a football program under Coach Brown’s third season as head coach. As the opening of fall camp nears days closer, Mountaineers fans will look to see a more defined depth chart and more details as to the improvements players have seen from last season to the upcoming season.
The Mountaineers take on the Maryland Terrapins on Saturday, September 4th in College Park, Maryland.