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Justin Crawford will stay at WVU for 2017

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The running back has one year of eligibility remaining and he will use it to play for Coach Holgorsen.

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After receiving the news that a star wide receiver decided to forego his senior season for NFL dreams, Dana Holgorsen learned that running back Justin Crawford will play for WVU next season. Crawford announced his decision via Twitter on Wednesday.

Though he struggled with injuries and fumbles throughout the season, Crawford became WVU’s most prolific running back. He totaled 1184 yards on the ground and 68 in the passing game in his first year playing for Holgorsen.

Fans are sure to remember the 331-yard effort against Oklahoma this season, but also his fumbles inside the red zone.

Crawford, a junior college transfer, will likely be the favorite to be the starter at running back in 2017, as Rushel Shell’s eligibility expired this season. That said, it’s presumed we’ll see carries divvied up amongst Crawford, Kennedy McKoy and Martell Pettaway.