West Virginia has announced its award winners from the 38-17 win over Kansas on Sept. 17. Head coach Neal Brown said that when some players earn league and national awards, the in-house honors will go to other performers who played well.
Brown noted that Leddie Brown, Josh Chandler-Semedo and Akheem Mesidor all fell into that category this week, allowing some other good performances to be highlighted.
Offense: Bryce Ford-Wheaton
Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina
Ford-Wheaton had five catches for 89 yards and a score against the Jayhawks, with his TD getting the Mountaineers on the board and starting the climb that erased an early 10-0 deficit. He also blocked well in support of runs and screen passes.
Defense: Jeffery Pooler
From his defensive end position, Pooler had six tackles (four solo). He made them all count, with two accounting for sacks and another half credited as a tackle for loss.
Offensive Line: Chase Behrndt
For the second consecutive game, Behrndt graded out the highest of any Mountaineer offensive lineman, and helped hold together the middle of an offensive line that continues a search for consistency due to youth and absences.
Special Teams: Kyle Poland
Morgantown, West Virginia
Poland’s snaps were all on target, but he also got notice from head coach Neal Brown for his coverage ability. Coming on the heels of Rex Sunahara, who excelled in coverage for WVU during his career, Poland’s ability to get downfield on the punt team is a bonus the Mountaineer special teams.
Blue Collar: Reese Smith
Smith earned notice from Brown for his hard work in practice, and that translated to more snaps at receiver against the Jayhawks. He had two catches for 50 yards, including 39 on a quick crossing route that helped set up a fourth quarter TD.
Scout Offense: A’Varius Sparrow
Sparrow was rewarded for his scout work with his first game appearance as a Mountaineer. He had three carries against the Jayhwks, which he turned into ten yards.
Scout Defense: Taurus Simmons
Like Sparrow, Simmons has a bit of game action under his belt, and he continues to show up on the scout team each week to provide solid opposition to the Mountaineer offense.
Scout Special Teams: Lorenzo Dorr
The quintessential hard worker who earned a scholarship through his perseverance, Dorr has also been a contributor on special teams.
Juice Squad: Drew Joseph
South Charleston, West Virginia
Joseph was a scout team champion as a true freshman in 2019, and was singled out for his in-game support and energy in the Kansas game.