Big Plays For WVU’s Addae After Long Wait

West Virginia safety Alonzo Addae (4) makes a sensational diving interception

West Virginia’s Alonzo Addae has waited a long time to get on the playing field for the Mountaineers.

After transferring in to the program from New Hampshire for his final season, he was forced to sit out 2019 when he did not receive an immediate eligibility waiver. That year was tough for the now redshirt senior, but he hit the ground running with an acrobatic interception and bit hit in kickoff coverage in the Mountaineers’ 52-10 win over Eastern Kentucky.

“I knew I had the pick. I was just trusting my keys and trusting what the coaches have taught me. After that it was just, ‘See ball, get ball’,” Addae explained.

West Virginia safety Alonzo Addae (4) makes a sensational diving interception.

It wasn’t quite that simple, though. Addae laid out full extension to pick off the pass, and secured it while crashing to the ground in front of the WVU bench. That set off a big celebration, with his teammates mobbing him as he bounded up off the turf.

“Definitely my teammates had a great rush on the quarterback. They made him throw the ball and I went and got it,” he said, sharing the credit for a play he made mostly by himself.

That was only one half of Addae’s big play repertoire. Following a second-quarter Mountaineer touchdown, Casey Legg’s kickoff went to EKU returner Davion Ross, who had designs on repeating his first-quarter return for a score, though it was negated by a penalty. Instead, Addae flew down field and cut down Ross with a big hit. That was one highlight on a mostly down day for the Mountaineer special teams.

“It was definitely difficult, but at the same time I just trusted in the process,” the Pickering, Ontario native said of not playing in 2019. “The coaches put me in a situation where I was still growing my skills. It was hard, but today I was able to put myself out there and just let my emotions run. I’m thankful.”

Once on the field, he produced, with seven tackles and a pass breakup in addition to the pick. He wasn’t ready to select a favorite between his two standout moments, though. “Both were great plays. I can’t really choose one right now. I’ll have to go back and look at them,” he said with a smile.