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WVU Safety Sean Mahone Signs as Undrafted Free Agent with Jaguars

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Former WVU safety Sean Mahone signed an undrafted free agent deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Mahone (5-foot-11, 203 pounds) joined the Mountaineers in 2016, when he was redshirted by head coach Dana Holgorsen’s staff. 2017 and 2018 saw him primarily on special teams, adding depth at cornerback. His redshirt junior season in 2019, the Neal Brown era moved him to CAT safety during spring practices, and he subsequently started all 12 games come fall. He lead the WVU defense in tackles (80, 40 solo). The Liberty Township, Oh. native added on two sacks, five TFLs, a forced fumble, a pass breakup, and an interception. His 80 tackles ranked him No. 12 in the Big 12 in tackles per game

2020 was a banner year for Mahone. He was named to the 2020 CoSIDA Academic All-American Second Team, making him No. 29 in Mountaineer program history, as well as to the Academic All-Big 12 First Team and NFF Foundation’s Scholar-Athlete Semi-finalist list. His smarts also paid off on the field. He collected All-Big 12 Second Team while starting each of West Virginia’s 10 games. He finished the team with 54 tackles (34 solo), two TFLs, an interception, a fumble recovery, and five pass deflections.

His COVID-19 season, 2021 produced even more academic accolades. He was a finalist for the William Campbell Trophy, given akin to an academic Heisman, and was named to the National Football Foundation’s Scholar-Athlete Team and Academic All-Big 12 First Team. On the field, Mahone made the All-Big 12 Third Team and Honorable Mention. He was the team’s second-leading tackler, finishing 13 games with 81 tackles (54 solo), two interceptions, a forced fumble, and four pass deflections. He ended his six seasons in the gold and blue with 224 tackles (135 solo), seven TFLs, four interceptions, 12 passes deflected, two forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries.

At WVU Pro Day, he showcased the day’s fastest 40-yard dash, at 4.56 seconds. His 20-yard shuttle and 3-cone were both middle of the pack though, at 4.27 and 7.05 respectively.

He becomes the 20th former Mountaineer in the National Football League.

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