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West Virginia Releases Summer Depth Chart at Big 12 Media Days


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Big 12 Media Days kicked off earlier today and - as is the custom - the members released the first version of their depth chart as they get ready to head into Fall training camp.

It’s important to understand that this depth chart means very little in terms of what the actual depth chart will look like when the West Virginia Mountaineers kickoff the season against the James Madison Dukes on August 31st. They do, however, provide a little bit of insight on possible position changes and what Neal Brown’s offense and Vic Koenning’s defense will look like come this Fall.

Key takeaways:

  • We are, apparently, in no better situation at the quarterback spot then we were when Spring practice ended in April. Austin Kendall, Jack Allison and Trey Lowe are all listed as first string with that old, trusty “or” separating them. It should be noted that former Bowling Green quarterback Jarret Doege is absent from the depth chart entirely, perhaps giving a hint at his eligibility status after transferring in.
  • West Virginia’s stable of upperclassmen running backs are also all listed with “or” separating them but, unlike the quarterback position, in this instance it’s because all four are worthy of that starter role.
  • The starting five on the offensive line are going to be pretty good, with Colton McKivitz and Josh Sills bringing the most experience. Behind them, we are very young. Blaine Scott, Junior Uzebu and Briason Mays are all redshirt freshman, although from what I’ve been told they’re performance doesn’t reflect that.
  • Ricky Johns has converted from a safety to a receiver, and is listed alongside Bryce Wheaton as the backup to TJ Simmons.
  • The defensive line and linebackers look pretty strong on paper, but the secondary is going to be the biggest question mark heading into this season. Attrition really, really hurt us at the safety spot.
  • Special teams looks about what you’d expect, but the one thing that stands out is Jack Allison and Trey Lowe holding on field goals.

2019 West Virginia Depth Media Day Depth Chart

Position First String Second String Third String
Position First String Second String Third String
QB Jack Allison OR Austin Kendall OR Trey Lowe
RB Kennedy McKoy OR Martell Pettaway OR Alec Sinkfield OR Leddie Brown
FB Logan Thimons Elijah Drummond
LT Colton McKivitz Junior Uzebu
LG Mike Brown Zach Davis OR Blaine Scott
C Chase Behrndt Adam Stilley OR Jacob Buccigrossi
RG Josh Sills Briason Mays
RT Kelby Wickline Tyler Thurmond
WR (X) TJ Simmons Ricky Johns OR Bryce Wheaton
WR (H) Tevin Bush
TE (Y) Jovani Haskins TJ Banks Mike O'Laughlin
SL Isaih Esdale
WR (Z) Sam James Randy Fields
DT Reese Donahue OR Dante Stills
NT Darius Stills Brenon Thrift
DE Taijh Alston Jeffery Pooler Quondarius Qualls
BANDIT VanDarius Cowan Zach Sandwisch Charlie Benton
WLB Josh Chandler Deamonte Lindsay OR Exree Loe
MLB Dylan Tonkery Jake Abbott OR Shea Campbell
SPEAR JoVanni Stewart Kwantel Raines
CB Keith Washington Nicktroy Fortune OR Tae Mayo
FS Donate Bonamico OR Jake Long
CS Sean Mahone OR Josh Norwood OR Jake Long
CB Hakeem Washington Dreshun Miller
PK Evan Staley Casey Legg
H Jack Allison OR Trey Lowe
KO Evan Staley Casey Legg
P Evan Staley Casey Legg
LS Rex Sunahara Kyle Poland OR J.P. Hadley
PR Sam James Keith Washington Tevin Bush
KOR Alec Sinkfield