With internal expectations high but predictions low nationally about the West Virginia football team this season, there are some key players who could truly decide how well WVU plays.
Who do you believe will be the Mountaineers team MVP for the 2022 season?
Will it be JT Daniels? The quarterback is often the first choice for MVP when things go well. Daniels’ arrival also boosted moral and hope after Neal Brown’s group barely crawled to a bowl game last year. Daniels has the ability, but his health has been an issue and detailed his career from being what it was hyped to be out of high school. It’s possible reuniting with new offensive coordinator Graham Harrell could help him get back to form and lead WVU to more wins.
While WVU’s leadership on offense is less clear with players either new to the program or just now receiving an increased opportunity, the leader of the defense is without a doubt Dante Stills. As he looks to continue to step out from his brother’s shadow and build his own legacy, Stills could take his game to an even greater level. If Stills steps up even more and the defensive unit, especially the line, plays to their potential, the season could go as far as Stills allows it. All of the watch lists could be right and Stills could finish off his college career as one of the best defensive players in the country and the MVP of WVU.
For Daniels to have the kind of success many are dreaming of for him, he will need others on offense to take their game to another level too. One player who coaches believe has that potential is wide receiver Bryce Ford-Wheaton. He’s WVU’s clear number one, but can be even more than that and explode with a new offensive system in place. Either way, it’s clear the plan is to attempt big plays to Wheaton so he will have plenty of chances to impress.
Maybe it could be Tony Mathis if he becomes “THE GUY” in replace of Leddie Brown and can balance out the offense with a more experienced offensive line.
Since the secondary is more of a question mark for the defense, Charles Woods could be an MVP choice if he can create turnovers and make big plays as the only veteran of the group.
If it’s not one of these choices, will it be someone else emerging and being responsible for WVU’s destiny?