We’re back again today with another edition of our 2017 Mountaineer football profile series. We’re going to be taking a look at one or two players every day leading up to opening week as we work our way through our position breakdowns and Fall camp analysis. Today we’re looking at...
Elijah Wellman, FB, No. 28
Hometown: Huntington, WV
High School: Spring Valley High School
How he got to Morgantown
Wellman was a three time AAA All-State player at Spring Valley High School in Huntington. In his senior campaign, he won the Sam Huff Award as the best defensive player in West Virginia. After redshirting in 2013, he has seen significant action in every season since.
Elijah has gotten just about every cliche in the book thrown towards him as we get closer to September 3rd. Hardworking, blue-collar attitude, lunch pail mentality, titles, titles, titles. As much as we can mock the coach speak, Wellman is an extremely important part of the Mountaineers monster backfield. Our most potent running attack comes out of the loaded pistol, and the most effective way to use that is with Wellman leading the way.
As Holgo has been officially kicked out of the Air Raid club by Hal Mumme and Mike Leach, look for Wellman to be more involved in the passing game as a pseudo-tight end, another way to help solve the seemingly everlasting red zone futility that has plagued West Virginia for the last few seasons.
See Schmitt, Owen
Like Wellman, Schmitt was the fullback cog in a three headed monster rushing attack. However, he evolved beyond simple lead blocking, and became a legitimate option that defenses had to account for in the run and pass game.
If Wellman can contribute numbers around Schmitt’s career average of around 300 yards rushing, 150 yards receiving and about 5-7 TDs, West Virginia’s offense becomes that much deadlier, especially in the red zone.