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WVU Releases Football 2019 Preseason Depth Chart

Christopher Hall

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The West Virginia Football program released their media guide during Big 12 Media Days and inside, is the preseason depth chart. Of course, a lot of it is subject to change during fall practice and there have been some departures since the annual Gold and Blue spring game.

Three safeties left since the final scrimmage. Most notably was all conference free safety Kenny Robinson along with Derrek Pitts and EJ Brown.

“Didn’t necessarily come as a surprise, so we’ve been planning.” Said West Virginia head coach Neal Brown. “I do feel good about how our guys have worked and how they’ve really prepared. I think we’ve got some depth and we got some young guys ready to step up and play.”

After the exodus, Josh Norwood moved from corner, started working with the safeties during summer workouts and is now in competition to start at cat safety.

There was no front-runner for starting quarterback during the spring, but Brown believes they’ll separate themselves.

“I think when we know, we’re going to know.” Stated Brown. “It’s going to be clear. I think that’s the way it works during these quarterback competitions, is you go through – and really, it’s not necessarily the coach choosing, it’s really one quarterback separating himself from the others.”

Most of the talent lies within the running back group. There hasn’t been a starter announced, but Brown has stated that he will get creative to get more than one on the field at the same time and get them the ball.

There’s going to be movement through fall camp and with incoming freshmen and transfers, there will be a healthy competition throughout the roster until opening weekend.

 

Offense

Position Name No. Height Weight Class GP GS
QB Austin Kendall
or Jack Allison
or Trey Lowe III
10
11
10
6-1
6-6
6-2
221
210
218
r-jr
r-so
r-fr
0
7
1
0
1
0
RB Martell Pettaway
or Kennedy McKoy
or Leddie Brown
or Alec Sinkfield
32
6
4
20
5-9
6-0
5-11
5-9
205
204
212
188
sr
sr
so
r-so
28
38
11
5
3
12
0
1
FB Logan Thimons
Elijah Drummond
42
41
6-0
6-0
231
235
r-jr
r-jr
16
6
0
0
WR (X) TJ Simmons
Ricky Johns
or Bryce Wheaton
1
36
83
6-2
6-3
6-3
199
194
215
r-jr
r-so
r-fr
12
3
1
6
0
0
WR (H) Tevin Bush 14 5-6 166 jr 20 0
TE (Y) Jovanni Haskins
TJ Banks
Mike O’Laughlin
84
85
87
6-4
6-5
6-5
245
253
250
r-jr
r-fr
r-fr
12
0
0
0
0
0
SL Isaiah Esdale 38 6-0 201 r-so 1 0
WR (Z) Sam James
Randy Fields Jr
81
86
6-0
6-1
182
196
r-fr
r-fr
4
0
0
0
LT Colton McKivitz
Junior Uzebu
53
71
6-7
6-5
312
302
r-sr
r-fr
38
0
35
0
LG Michael Brown
Zach Davis
or Blaine Scott
57
62
69
6-3
6-2
6-3
345
308
321
r-jr
r-jr
r-fr
4
2
0
0
0
0
C Chase Behrndt
Adam Stilley
or Jacob Buccigrossi
76
66
78
6-4
6-0
6-3
305
291
307
r-jr
r-so
r-jr
13
0
10
3
0
0
RG Josh Sills
Briason Mays
73
68
6-6
6-3
326
300
r-jr
r-fr
25
0
21
0
RT Kelby Wickline
Tyler Thurmond
72
70
6-4
6-4
308
298
r-sr
r-so
25
3
3
0

 

Defense

Position Name No. Height Weight Class GP GS
DT Reese Donahue
or Dante Stills
46
55
6-4
6-3
285
295
sr
so
37
12
24
0
NT Darius Stills
Brenon Thrift
56
90
6-1
6-1
292
290
jr
r-sr
21
5
0
0
DE Taijh Alson
Jeffrey Pooler Jr
Quondarius Qualls
12
13
33
6-4
6-2
6-1
252
255
240
r-so
r-jr
r-sr
0
16
13
0
0
0
Bandit VanDarius Cowan
Zach Sandwisch
Charlie Benton
32
31
18
6-4
6-2
6-1
235
231
224
r-so
r-jr
r-jr
0
12
1
0
1
0
WLB Josh Chandler
Deamonte Lindsey
or Exree Loe
35
26
17
5-11
6-1
6-0
224
208
210
so
r-sr
r-so
12
25
11
0
0
0
MLB Dylan Tonkery
Jake Abbott
or Shea Campbell
10
51
31
6-0
6-0
6-0
228
224
232
r-jr
r-so
r-sr
19
4
11
14
0
6
Spear JoVanni Stewart
Kwantel Raines
9
8
5-8
6-2
196
212
sr
r-fr
37
1
12
0
CB Keith Washington
Nicktroy Fortune
or Tae Mayo
28
n/a
n/a
6-1
6-0
5-10
180
187
161
r-sr
fr
fr
12
0
0
7
0
0
FS Dante Bonamico
or Jake Long
39
22
5-8
5-11
188
199
r-jr
r-jr
18
11
0
0
CS Sean Mahone
or Josh Norwood
or Jake Long
29
4
22
5-11
5-10
5-11
200
178
199
r-jr
r-sr
r-jr
20
12
11
0
10
0
CB Hakeem Bailey
Dreshun Miller
24
5
6-0
6-1
188
190
r-sr
r-jr
23
0
10
0

 

Special Teams

Position Name No. Height Weight Class GP GS
Kicker Evan Staley
Casey Legg
30
39
6-1
6-4
190
215
r-jr
r-fr
25
0
0
0
Holder Trey Lowe III
or Jack Allison
10
11
6-2
6-6
218
210
r-fr
r-jr
1
7
0
1
Punter Evan Staley
Casey Legg
30
39
6-1
6-4
190
215
r-jr
r-fr
25
0
0
0
Kickoff Evan Staley
Casey Legg
30
39
6-1
6-4
190
215
r-jr
r-fr
25
0
0
0
Long Snapper Rex Sunahara
Kyle Poland
or JP Hadley
64
51
52
6-6
6-2
6-2
242
232
245
r-sr
r-jr
r-fr
13
1
0
0
0
0
Kickoff Return Sam James
Keith Washington Jr
Tevin Bush
81
28
14
6-0
6-1
5-6
182
180
166
r-fr
r-sr
jr
4
12
20
0
7
0
Punt Return Alec Sinkfield 20 5-9 188 r-so 5 1

 

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