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Key items of WVU’s offense decide to returning in 2024

MORGANTOWN — The switch portal window generally is a scary time for faculty soccer followers.

Their favourite gamers can up and depart their favourite staff with little-to-no warning, and even much less pomp.

As the present switch window approaches its midway mark — it closes on Jan. 2 — West Virginia has targeted on retaining its greatest gamers, significantly on offense.

The WVU offense, which completed sixth within the Massive 12 in scoring (31.6 factors per sport) and yards (438.2) and led the league in dashing (2,812), is the energy of the staff and has, kind of, caught collectively via the primary two weeks of the portal being open.

“I’m happy the place it’s at, however it’s very fluid and it’ll be fluid till the portal closes,” WVU coach Neal Brown mentioned final Tuesday. “Offensively, we’re going to be actually cautious.”

A number of gamers, together with quarterback Garrett Greene, have introduced their intention to return to WVU for the 2024 season both via their very own social media accounts or via Nation Roads Belief, the staff’s NIL collective.

The staff’s largest space of concern at present is at large receiver. Main receiver Devin Carter (27 receptions for 501 yards) is out of eligibility and can attempt his hand on the NFL subsequent season. Noah Massey additionally walked on Senior Day.

As well as, 4 depth receivers — Cortez Braham, Jeremiah Aaron, Davis Mallinger and Ja’Shaun Poke — have all entered the portal. These 4 mixed for simply six catches for 36 yards this season.

Whereas that’s not quite a lot of manufacturing leaving through the portal, it does depart the place a little bit skinny as issues sit proper now.

Dedicated to returning in 2024 are Preston Fox (26 for 368), Traylon Ray (15 for 230) and Rodney Gallagher (10 for 74). Hudson Clement (17 for 391) and EJ Horton (10 for 201) might additionally return, however Brown is trying so as to add a minimum of one veteran switch.

“At receiver, we’d wish to take one confirmed man and put him in that room,” Brown mentioned. “These younger guys actually acquired higher because the 12 months went.”

Tight finish Kole Taylor (33 for 411) has additionally introduced he’ll come again for subsequent season.

WVU has gives out to myriad receivers within the portal, most notably Jaden Bray (Oklahoma State) and Jahmal Banks (Wake Forest). Former Michigan State tight finish Maliq Carr has additionally been supplied.

Elsewhere on offense, the Mountaineers look sound. Greene (28 complete touchdowns) will return as WVU’s beginning quarterback and breakout freshman operating again Jahiem White (792 yards) has additionally introduced he will probably be again. CJ Donaldson (798 yards, 11 touchdowns) additionally has eligibility remaining. Backup operating again Justin Johnson Jr. (150 yards) is within the portal.

The offensive line will lose its chief, heart Zach Frazier, to the NFL, in addition to proper deal with Doug Nester, who will even head for the professionals.

Nonetheless, a lot of the remaining offensive line group has already dedicated to staying at WVU. That features starters Wyatt Milum, Tomas Rimac and Brandon Yates, prime backup Nick Malone and underclassmen Johnny Williams and Nick Krahe.

Donaldson, Clement and backup quarterback Nicco Marchiol stay the largest names to not but announce their intentions.

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