Last season, the WVU WR corps was one of the biggest questions surrounding the team. After losing both David Sills and Gary Jennings to the NFL, and only returning three WRs with experience, Neal Brown had his work cut out for him. While WVU’s offense wasn’t necessarily prolific they managed to finish 54th in passing offense in the league. As we head into 2020, WVUs WR corps gives Neal Brown much more to work with.
Depth and experience
Instead of returning three experienced receivers, this year WVU is expected to bring back 8 receivers who had previously caught a pass for the Mountaineers. This in itself puts them bounds ahead of where they were last year. No matter how you cut it, this class is deep. Especially considering there are newcomers like Keion Wakefield (Sr.), Reese Smith (Fr.), Sam Brown (Fr.), and Devell Washington (Fr.), adding even more depth.
Aside from just depth, WVU is returning the majority of their production. WVU only lost 1 notable receiver from last year, George Campbell. The FSU grad transfer was a solid addition for WVU. He caught 19 passes for 469 yards and led the team with 7 TDs. While Campbell was productive last year, returners T.J. Simmons (Sr.), Sean Ryan (Jr.), and Sam James (Soph.) shouldn’t have an issue making up for it.
Sam James is the most productive anticipated starter with 69 catches (nice) for 677 yards and two TDs, followed by T.J Simmons (35 catches, 455 yards, 4 TDs), and Sean Ryan (19 catches, and 219 yards). It is worth noting Sean Ryan took a four mid-season-game hiatus due to a shoulder injury. He did return at the end of the season.
With the depth, experience, and proven production, this unit is leaps and bounds ahead of where it was at this time last year. If the Mountaineers can get the passing attack clicking, the entire offense should open up. If everyone stays healthy and Neal Brow can nail down a consistent QB, expect a much more productive offense in 2020.
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