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Re-imagining West Virginia's Week One Depth Chart - NCAA Football Style

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How would our guys be rated if NCAA Football was still being made?

Two of my favorite things are college football and video games, which obviously means that EA Sports’ NCAA Football was right up my alley. The first thing I did every year was pull up WVU's roster and make sure that the ratings bestowed by the folks at EA did our guys justice. Most of the time they did just fine, but every now and then, like the time they made Pat White right-handed, I had to take matters into my own hands and rate certain guys more fairly before ultimately starting up a dynasty and leading us to an 8-peat.

The franchise was infamously discontinued in 2015, but even today I can't help but to turn a critical eye to our roster and imagine what they'd be rated if this year's edition existed. Here’s my take on West Virginia’s week 1 depth chart through that lens.

Quarterback

Jersey No. Name Overall Rating
Jersey No. Name Overall Rating
12 Austin Kendall 85 OVR
11 Jack Allison 83 OVR
10 Trey Lowe 79 OVR

Running Back

Jersey No. Name Overall Rating
Jersey No. Name Overall Rating
6 Kennedy McKoy 91 OVR
32 Martell Pettaway 91 OVR
4 Leddie Brown 87 OVR
20 Alec Sinkfield 84 OVR

Superback

Jersey No. Name Overall Rating
Jersey No. Name Overall Rating
42 Logan Thimons 79 OVR
43 Jackson Knipper 72 OVR

Wide Receiver

Jersey No. Name Overall Rating
Jersey No. Name Overall Rating
1 TJ Simmons 87 OVR
13 Sam James 83 OVR
18 Sean Ryan 82 OVR
14 Tevin Bush 80 OVR
15 George Campbell 81 OVR
83 Bryce Wheaton 79 OVR
16 Winston Wright 77 OVR
86 Randy Fields 77 OVR
36 Ricky Johns 77 OVR

Tight End

Jersey No. Name Overall Rating
Jersey No. Name Overall Rating
87 Mike O'Laughlin 79 OVR
84 Jovani Haskins 85 OVR
85 TJ Banks 79 OVR

Offensive Tackle

Jersey No. Name Overall Rating
Jersey No. Name Overall Rating
53 Colton McKivitz 92 OVR
72 Kelby Wickline 85 OVR
71 Junior Uzebu 78 OVR
70 Tyler Thurmond 77 OVR

Offensive Guard

Jersey No. Name Overall Rating
Jersey No. Name Overall Rating
76 Chase Behrndt 84 OVR
57 Michael Brown 84 OVR
79 John Hughes 82 OVR
74 James Gmiter 79 OVR

Center

Jersey No. Name Overall Rating
Jersey No. Name Overall Rating
73 Josh Sills 87 OVR
68 Briason Mays 78 OVR
66 Adam Stilley 76 OVR

Defensive End

Jersey No. Name Overall Rating
Jersey No. Name Overall Rating
12 Taijh Alston 85 OVR
13 Jeffrey Pooler 84 OVR
91 Reuben Jones 84 OVR

Defensive Tackle

Jersey No. Name Overall Rating
Jersey No. Name Overall Rating
46 Reese Donahue 87 OVR
55 Dante Stills 89 OVR
97 Stone Wolfley 81 OVR

Nose Tackle

Jersey No. Name Overall Rating
Jersey No. Name Overall Rating
56 Darius Stills 85 OVR
90 Brenon Thrift 78 OVR
95 Jordan Jefferson 79 OVR

Bandit

Jersey No. Name Overall Rating
Jersey No. Name Overall Rating
33 Quondarius Qualls 85 OVR
31 Zach Sandwisch 82 OVR
50 Jared Bartlett 77 OVR

Inside Linebacker

Jersey No. Name Overall Rating
Jersey No. Name Overall Rating
10 Dylan Tonkery 85 OVR
34 Shea Campbell 80 OVR
51 Jake Abbott 79 OVR

Outside Linebacker

Jersey No. Name Overall Rating
Jersey No. Name Overall Rating
35 Josh Chandler 85 OVR
26 Deamonte Lindsay 80 OVR
17 Exree Loe 80 OVR

Cornerback

Jersey No. Name Overall Rating
Jersey No. Name Overall Rating
5 Dreshun Miller 86 OVR
28 Keith Washington 85 OVR
24 Hakeem Bailey 85 OVR
11 Nicktroy Fortune 79 OVR
20 Tae Mayo 78 OVR
38 Devan Wade 76 OVR

Spear

Jersey No. Name Overall Rating
Jersey No. Name Overall Rating
9 JoVanni Stewart 88 OVR
8 Kwantel Raines 84 OVR
39 Dante Bonamico 79 OVR

Cat

Jersey No. Name Overall Rating
Jersey No. Name Overall Rating
29 Sean Mahone 82 OVR
23 Tykee Smith 78 OVR
19 Noah Guzman 77 OVR

Free Safety

Jersey No. Name Overall Rating
Jersey No. Name Overall Rating
4 Josh Norwood 86 OVR
15 Kerry Martin 77 OVR

Specialists

Jersey No. Name Overall Rating
Jersey No. Name Overall Rating
30 Evan Staley 87 OVR
96 Josh Growden 85 OVR
64 Rex Sunahara 99 OVR