According to West Virginia Mountaineers head coach Neal Brown, leading receiver Sam James will play on Saturday against the Iowa St. Cyclones. James, who sustained an “upper body injury” against Texas was listed as questionable early in the week and many thought he would not be available. Speaking on his weekly radio show, Brown confirmed that James would be available.
The news comes just in time because without James, the Mountaineers would be without their leading receiver. James, a redshirt freshman, has quickly shown that he is quarterback Austin Kendall’s go-to guy, hauling in 32 passes for over 300 yards and two touchdowns. James has caught at least 5 passes in every game this year, and has caught at least 6 in every game but Missouri Tigers disaster.
Unfortunately for the Mountaineers, fellow receiver Sean Ryan will not play Saturday, leaving the Mountaineers with some depth issues. Still, James and TJ Simmons make a formidable duo and Ali Jennings and Bryce Wheaton have given us a glimmer of hope that the next great playmaker is just around the corner.