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Press Release: Football Awards Scholarships

Press release courtesy WVU Athletic Communication

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (June 30, 2016) – West Virginia University football coach Dana Holgorsen has announced that redshirt senior safety Khairi Shariff and redshirt junior Jon Lewis have been awarded scholarships for their hard work, determination and performance on and off the field.

“West Virginia football players are expected to live up to a standard of what a Mountaineer should be,” Holgorsen said. “I am extremely proud of Khairi and Jon, and I am happy to award them scholarships. They are two veteran walk-ons, who not have already earned playing time on the field but have done more than what was asked of them off the field. They personify what WVU football players should be in every area of their lives.” 

Shariff played in all 13 games in 2015 at safety and on special teams. He finished with six tackles, including five unassisted. He earned All-Big 12 Academic Second Team honors, was named to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll and to West Virginia’s Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll. He graduated this past spring with a bachelor’s degree in multidisciplinary studies and is currently pursuing his master’s degree in sport management.

Lewis has played in 15 career games at defensive end during his first two years with the Mountaineers. He played in six games in 2015 and finished with five tackles. He notched a season-best two tackles against Georgia Southern and a career-best three tackles against Towson in 2014. Lewis is on pace to graduate in May 2017 with his bachelor’s degree in criminology and has excelled in the classroom with more than a 3.00 grade point average over his last three semesters.

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