NCAA Grants WVU Receiver Immediate Eligibility
The press release contained a short statement that brought a grin to many within the Mountaineer football program – “West Virginia Football Coach Neal Brown has announced that Mountaineer sophomore receiver Sean Ryan has been granted immediate eligibility for the 2019 football season as approved today by the NCAA.”
A transfer from Temple, Ryan arrived at WVU in May after two different head coaches left his previous school – Geoff Collins, who was hired by Georgia Tech on Dec. 7, 2018, and then Manny Diaz, who agreed to succeed Collins with the Owls on Dec. 13 but then two weeks later turned around and accepted the head coaching position at Miami (Fla.). TU eventually did hire Rod Carey from Northern Illinois, but by that point, Ryan was looking for a new home.
A native of Brooklyn, the 6-foot-3, 198-pound Ryan played in 11 games as a true freshman at Temple last season, catching 12 passes for 162 yards and one touchdown.
He emerged during preseason practices as a major part of West Virginia potential receiving rotation this season, but the fact that the NCAA had not acted on his appeal left Ryan’s status up in the air. Now that his eligible for the 2019 season, the sophomore very well could be a starter for the Mountaineers.
Ryan is the second WVU transfer to be granted immediate eligibility in the past week. Brown announced on Tuesday that quarterback Jarret Doege, who transferred from Bowling Green to West Virginia this summer, also received a positive vote by the NCAA on his waiver request.
Brown did say that the plan for Doege, despite his eligibility this year, is to redshirt him this coming season. Thus he’ll have two years of college eligibility remaining starting in 2020.
Ryan also could be redshirted, but it doesn’t appear the Mountaineers will hold him out. It would seem almost a certainty he’ll be involved in game action early and often for West Virginia this fall.