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Report: TJ Banks Set to Transfer, Tight End Room Thins Ahead of Guaranteed Rate Bowl

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – It was first reported by Mike Casazza of 247 Sports that WVU tight end TJ Banks intends to enter the transfer portal.

When starting tight end Mike O’Laughlin was sidelined with a host of nagging injuries early in the season, it became the job of TJ Banks to step up into offensive coordinator Gerad Parker’s schemes. Over the course of 11 games, Banks got half a dozen receptions for a total of 51 yards.

In his fourth season with the program, Banks has compiled 10 receptions for 92 yards and a touchdown last season. Apparently, that kind of use isn’t enough for the redshirt junior, as rumors of his exodus from West Virginia have begun to swirl.

In the event that Banks leaves before Dec. 28, tight ends coach Travis Trickett will be left with redshirt freshmen Charles Finley and Trace Weitzel, and freshmen Treylan Davis and Victor Wikstrom. Only Finley will enter the bowl game with action this season, but it’s a single reception for a two-yard gain.

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