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Marcus Simms Likely Leaving West Virginia Program

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The speedy junior will likely be playing elsewhere next year

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The West Virginia Mountaineers will most likely without one of their fastest players next year as all indications are that Marcus Simms will be transferring from the program. Simms, a junior who caught 81 passes for 1,362 and 7 touchdowns the past two seasons, tweeted Sunday “On to another chapter” with a smiling purple devil and zipped lips.

Simms was the recipient of a vicious helmet-to-helmet hit against Oklahoma Sooners in the regular season finale. Simms caught a short hitch and immediately turned upfield. Unfortunately, the catch would be the last of his career. Simms told the previous coaching staff he would be unable to play in the bowl game due to a leg injury less than an hour before the game.

Simms participated in the first two spring practices with the new coaching staff before the hamstring issue reoccurred and then Simms left the team for a personal matter. He has not returned.

Following Simms’ announcement on Twitter, several teammates came out to wish him the best and several fans wished him luck. Simms’ departure puts even more stress on an already thin receiving corp. TJ Simmons will now assume the mantle of “most veteran” receiver with 28 catches.