MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–Many West Virginia boys dream of playing football at West Virginia University but not many get the opportunity.
Justin Arndt was one of the ones.
The Martinsburg native walked on to the football program in 2012 and worked hard to earn a starting position this fall.
During his five year tenure at WVU, Arndt worked hard and was named a 2016 Team Captain this season along with fellow seniors Tyler Orlosky, Daikiel Shorts and Noble Nwachukwu.
That is an accomplishment Arndt is proud of.
“Just knowing coach Dana (Holgorsen), the respect as much as he does, makes me feel happy about myself and where I have come and how much I have accomplished.”
The Mountaineer coaching staff appreciates Arndt’s hard work and dedication.
There has been no doubt that the redshirt senior linebacker has heart and deserved the honor. He has been a key component of defensive coordinator Tony Gibson’s “Dawgs”.
“Justin is a tremendous kid and I know Dana told you guys about the captains,” Gibson said. “There is no doubt in our mind that he exemplifies what a Mountaineer is. This kid walked on, just kept fighting. Was a special teams guy, got bigger, stronger, and faster every offseason and last spring when he took the field he won the job. He hasn’t given it up yet and he’s played his best football as a senior, which I’m really happy for, and just a kid that we wouldn’t have been able to get by with without this year. I can’t say enough good stuff about him.”
The road hasn’t been easy for Arndt but he kept fighting.
For the 5-foot-11, 215-pound linebacker this season has been a dream come true.