Former West Virginia Mountaineers running back Wendell Smallwood has signed a one-year deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Smallwood, a fifth round pick of the Philadelphia Eagles in 2016, won a Super Bowl with the Eagles in 2017. He was released in 2019 and signed with the Washington Redskins. With the Eagles, Smallwood displayed his talented versatility by being a threat both on the ground, rushing for 4.0 yards per carry, and in the air, averaging over 8 yards per catch.
Smallwood proved to be an electric, talented running back the moment he stepped on the field with the Mountaineers. He rushed for only 221 yards as a freshman, but was a potent kick returner with over 500 yards. In 2014, as a the Mountaineers rebounded from a tough 3-9 season, Smallwood added over 700 yards on the ground. As a junior, in his final season for the Mountaineers, Smallwood ran for the fourth most yards in a season in WVU history, 1,519. On his final run of his college career, Smallwood converted a third-and-21 for 22 yards with a cutback run that set up the go-ahead Skyler Howard to David Sills touchdown.