MORGANTOWN, W.Va.: Two days after head coach Neal Brown offered redshirt junior Malachi Ruffin a full scholarship, offensive coordinator Gerad Parker welcomed Graeson Malashevich to the scholarship club.
The second Mountaineer walk-on of this season to be granted a full scholarship also happens to be a fellow 2021 Iron Mountaineer Award recipient, but that’s not where Malashevich’s accolades cease. The Ceredo, W.Va. native also earned the 2021 Tommy Nickolich Award, given every spring to a walk-on who “distinguishes himself with his attitude and work ethic”. The redshirt sophomore wide receiver also spent 2020 on the Academic All-Big 12 First Team and 2019 on the Academic All-Big 12 Rookie Team.
Malashevich played in 10 games in 2020, finding the field mostly on special teams as the team’s holder. He saw 45 offensive snaps and 55 special teams snaps last season, including nabbing a career-long 30-yard catch against Eastern Kentucky.
🚨 SCHOLARSHIP ALERT 🚨
— WVU Football (@WVUfootball) August 18, 2021
His hard work on and off the field has been routinely noticed by head coach Neal Brown, and he fits so well into the team atmosphere that he’s one of QB1 Jarret Doege’s roommates and right guard Doug Nester’s best friends.
— Jarret Doege (@DoegeJarret) August 18, 2021