WVU’s JaJuan Seider: “He’s Charles Sims”
What a difference a day makes. Only weeks removed from having potential off-the-field issues sideline Wendell Smallwood for the 2014 season the talk has totally changed.
In an interview with WVU running backs coach JaJuan Seider it was obvious the running back position is still wide open. When asked who was the leader Seider responded with, “they all can do it, ain’t nothing set in stone”. However, much of the interview focused on one player, Wendell Smallwood.
Although Seider made it clear there is no leader right now in the backfield he was also clear in stating that Smallwood will be on the field in some capacity.
“I can tell ya this, if Wendell ain’t the starting running back he will probably start in the slot.”
When specifically asked who has set the pace for receiving out of the backfield there was no hesitation from Seider who stated, “that’s easy, it’s Wendell. He’s Charles Sims, everyone keeps asking and that’s who he is. They are the same player”. The praise from Seider continued as he stated Smallwood’s football IQ is through the roof, “He has a firm grasp of the offense”, Seider continued.
However, the comparisons to former Mountaineers did not stop there. When asked whether he could see Smallwood making a permanent switch to slot Seider stated, “What made Tavon so good? Why not have a guy like that that can do both”.
Expectations are obviously high for Smallwood coming into his sophomore season. One thing is for sure, from listening to Coach Seider, opposing defenses are going to see plenty of Smallwood this season whether it be coming out of the backfield or in the slot.
You can listen to our interview with Coach Seider in its entirety below.
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