The 2017 Mountaineer profile series continues with junior wide receiver Gary Jennings. After two seasons of helping the Mountaineers with both the passing game and the special teams, Jennings has moved up the ranks of the West Virginia receivers. He is now poised to have a breakout season this year.
Gary Jennings, WR, #12
Hometown: Stafford, VA
High School: Colonial Forge High School
How he got to Morgantown
Jennings joined the Mountaineers in 2015. The receiver came from Colonial Forge High School in Stafford, Virginia. Jennings also received offers from North Carolina, Notre Dame, Vanderbilt, and the nearby University of Virginia.
In his first year at West Virginia, Jennings gained playing time later in the season and had seven receptions for 116 yards and one touchdown. He also played special teams, averaging over 20 yards per kickoff return and five yards per punt return. In his second season in Morgantown, Jennings had 10 receptions for 165 yards and two touchdowns. He also continued to make returns for the Mountaineers during his sophomore campaign.
The biggest play of Jennings’ career came at the end of his freshman season. In the Motel 6 Cactus Bowl, Jennings made an incredible 64 yard touchdown reception to put the Mountaineers on top in the second half. This reception is still the longest of his career, but it may not be long before that changes.
2017 looks to be a breakout season for Jennings. With the highly skilled Will Grier in the backfield, the size and experience Jennings has could make him a top target in the passing game. Being a top target for Grier could result in big numbers for Jennings in his junior season.
Jennings also has high averages per reception after his first two seasons on the team. This could make him a huge asset when the Mountaineers look to put together consistent drives. If he can make more plays and find his way to the end zone more this season, Jennings could be a rising star in the Big 12.
A dream season for Jennings would consist of considerably higher receiving yards. Having over 500 receiving yards is very possible for Jennings this season. He may also look to have at least five receiving touchdowns in 2017. If Jennings continues to return kicks and punts for the Mountaineers, making bigger plays for touchdowns or high yardage may also be a key in having a breakout junior season.
Tomorrow, we continue to look at the receivers for the Mountaineers, as well as the offensive line.