WVU Football Home Grown Players

When Head Coach Dana Holgorsen arrived at WVU there were grumblings about the lack of home-grown players on the team. Going down the roster today, I feel confident that under Holgorsen we have seen a significant increase of players from in state. Here is the list of players playing at WVU who are actually from WV:

  1. TE/FB     Elijah Wellman            Huntington
  2. Kicker     Mike Molina                 Hurricane
  3. LB            Justin Arndt                 Martinsburg
  4. Safety      Shane Commodore     Morgantown
  5. RB            Brady Watson              Ridgeley
  6. TE            Trevon Wesco               Gerrardstown
  7. Safety      Dante Bonamico          Bridgeport
  8. LB            Shea Campbell             Morgantown
  9. LB            Jonah Campbell           Morgantown
  10. DL            D. J. Carozza                Parkersburg
  11. LB            Max Chefren                 Parkersburg
  12. DL            Reese Donahue            Ona
  13. TE/FB     Elijah Drummond        Bridgeport
  14. TE            Nate Green                    Wellsburg
  15. K/P          Billy Kinney                   Morgantown
  16. TE/FB     Jon Lewis                        Morgantown
  17. LB             Troy Lilly                       Beckley
  18. Safety       Deamonte Lindsay       Martinsburg
  19. LS              Nick Meadows              Williamstown
  20. Safety        Jordan Miller                Bridgeport
  21. LS               Kyle Poland                   Morgantown
  22. Safety         Mark Shaver                 Huntington
  23. Safety         Kody Shearer                Morgantown
  24. Kicker        Evan Staley                   Romney
  25. Kicker        Evan Stire                      Morgantown
  26. Safety         Dylan Tonkery              Bridgeport
  27. TE/FB        Matt Vucelik                  McMechen
  28. LB               Carter Walburn             Martinsburg
  29. WR             Connor Watts                 Hurricane
  30. TE/FB        Stone Wolfley                 Morgantown

As you can see WVU has 30 home-grown WV players on its rosters. Many are preferred walk-ons while some have scholarships, but the important thing is that all of the young men are getting an opportunity to play for their home state university while getting a quality education. Some of the walk-ons will become key starters or backups and a few will later be given a scholarship for thier key efforts.

Many will contribute as important members of the scout team helping to prepare the Mountaineers for upcoming opponents. All contribute to the success of WVU football.

Some already have game experience such as: Elijah Wellman, Mike Molina, and Justin Arndt. Nick Meadows will most likely see the field in 2016 as a long snapper. According to Coach Seider, RB Brady Watson is beginning to impress the coaches.

We can complain about Head Coach Dana Holgorsen all we want, but this is one area in which I have to applaud him and his coaching staff. I don’t think I’ve ever seen 30 home-grown WV players on WVU’s roster before. I’m sure we’ll see many of these players on the field during games. We may even see a few in the NFL.

This is something we can all be proud of as fans, alumni, and as West Virginians.

I wish all the young men the Best of Luck and . . . . . GO EERs!


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