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WVU WR Garnering Attention as Rising Star in Big 12, Progression Could Ignite Offense



WVU Football Traylon Ray and Jarel Williams
Kelsie LeRose / WVSN

The emergence of Garrett Greene, and even Jahiem White, garnered most of the attention, but another young star burst into the public eye based on his big season for WVU in 2023. With the spring football session getting underway across the country, wide receiver Traylon Ray is receiving attention as a rising star in the Big 12.

247 Sports’ Cody Nagel lists Ray as one of his top stars on the rise in the Big 12, placing Ray in a group that includes a quarterback, defensive players and even other wide receivers.

And even though some may argue Ray doesn’t belong with this group just yet, his freshman season certainly suggests he definitely belongs.

While Rodney Gallagher entered the season as the four-star recruit and top 2024 signee, it was his fellow freshman Ray who exploded on the scene and formed a deadly connection with Greene on the field. Ray posted 321 yards and scored three touchdowns as a true freshman, and especially became a big play threat towards the end of the season.

If Ray can continue to progress, another season with Greene could mean producing all throughout the season. Listed at 6-foot-3 and 193 pounds, Ray’s ability to be a threat deep should also lead to big plays and touchdowns, which will do wonders to earn the Tallahassee, Fla. native and North Florida Christian High School product more recognition.

There’s no denying Traylon Ray should help to make the WVU offense even more explosive in 2024.

For a related story, an often overlooked member of West Virginia’s offensive line earned high praise from a national outlet.

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