Two Football Newcomers Enroll At WVU
MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–Two new incoming members of the Mountaineer football team enrolled at West Virginia University on Monday for the start of the first summer school session.
Junior college offensive lineman John Hughes (6-4, 290 lbs.) and Temple transfer wide receiver Sean Ryan (6-4, 195 lbs.) both have begun taking classes at WVU.
An academic qualifier coming out of Creekview High School in Carrollton, Texas, Hughes spent the 2018-19 scholastic year at Navarro (Texas) College. After that one juco year, he has three seasons of college eligibility remaining and four years in which to use them. Thus he could even be redshirted if needed and still have three seasons of eligibility after that. He’s expected to play offensive tackle at WVU and will likely compete for a backup spot this coming year.
A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Ryan announced his decision to transfer to West Virginia earlier this spring, and subsequently signed grand-in-aid papers. As a true freshman at Temple this past season, he played in 11 games and caught 12 passes for 162 yards. But when the Owls’ head coach Geoff Collins took the job at Georgia Tech following Temple’s 8-4 campaign in 2018, Ryan decided to look for a new school himself.
As a non-graduate transfer from another four-year college, Ryan could have to adhere to the NCAA residency rule at his new school, meaning he would have to sit out the 2019 season. But Ryan reportedly has requested a waiver from the NCAA based on the change in the coaching staff at Temple. The NCAA has recently approved such waivers in similar situations, but at this point nothing has yet been decided on Ryan’s status. WVU’s coaches appear confident that Ryan will be granted a waiver and will be immediately eligible, but until that ruling officially comes down, nothing is definite.
If able to play this fall, Ryan would certainly be expected to help a very young and thin receiving corps.