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Former WVU RB Leddie Brown Praises Program Amidst Transfer Issues

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Leddie Brown sits on the wall with fans to celebrate the win over the Hokies. (WVSN photo by Kelsie LeRose)

At the 2022 NFL Combine, former West Virginia running back Leddie Brown was asked about the transfer issue, to which Brown didn’t know why.

“I really don’t know why it’s happening, but the program itself is an excellent program,” Brown said. “West Virginia is an excellent state to play in. The tradition and history of West Virginia is one of the reasons why I went [there]. My time there I loved being there.”

Over the last few months, the football program has been dealing with departures due to the transfer portal. Most recently, defensive starters Daryl Porter Jr. and Josh Chandler-Semedo entered the portal conveniently once the defensive coaches received contract extensions.

One notable transfer over the last year was former safety Tykee Smith, who’s now at Georgia. Brown was asked about his relationship with Smith.

“Tykee and I are both from Philadelphia, I’ve known him since high school,” Brown said. “We hung out all the time. Tykee is an excellent teammate and player. I was sad to see him leave, but he was making what he thought was the best choice for himself and I agree with him 100 percent.”

Brown played 43 career games at West Virginia, accumulating 3,492 scrimmage yards and 32 touchdowns over four seasons. The Philadelphia native recorded 2-1,000 yard seasons his junior and senior seasons. Brown praised WVU running backs coach Chad Scott for his development during his time in Morgantown.

“Chad Scott has had tremendous influence on my game the past two years,” Brown said.

Brown will continue to stay in Indianapolis this week for the NFL Combine, as the former Mountaineer prepares for the NFL draft in April.

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Ethan Bock is pursuing his bachelor’s degree in journalism at WVU. He currently is an intern with the Final Fourcast podcast. Ethan has covered WVU football and men’s basketball for the last year. He is from Cincinnati, Ohio.

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