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Watch: VT QB Grant Wells on Going from Loving to Hating WVU

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Players rarely need any extra incentive to want to beat a rival, but Virginia Tech quarterback Grant Wells has plenty of reasons to dislike West Virginia that go beyond just now playing for a rival team.

Wells talked to WOWK13News that covers both Huntington and Charleston, West Virginia about what he’s thinking ahead of the matchup with WVU. “They were my favorite team growing up…it was pretty early when I noticed they weren’t recruiting. I stopped following them, and my feelings changed towards them,” said the Charleston native.

Feeling spurn by the Mountaineers out of high school and now starting for the Hokies doesn’t even cover the only reasons for Wells to have a distain for the Old Gold and Blue. Wells started his college career at Marshall of all teams for a kid who grew up cheering for WVU. Wells threw for 3,535 yards with 16 touchdown passes and 13 interceptions last season for the Thundering Herd.

No matter his motivations, Wells will pose a challenge to WVU. Kickoff of the Black Diamond Trophy rivalry is scheduled for 7:30 pm Thursday night and will be televised nationally on ESPN.

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Mike Asti is an experienced media personality and journalist with a vast résumé and skillset, most notably with TribLIVE Radio, WPXI and 93.7 The Fan. Asti now serves as the Managing Editor of WV Sports Now, manages and serves as the lead host for Pittsburgh Sports Live and contributes to Steelers Now, Pittsburgh Sports Now and Nittany Sports Now. He also contributes to West Virginia's Metro News among other outlets.

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