WVU Seniors Leave A Lasting Impression
by Kirsten Reneau
MORGANTOWN — Saturday was Senior Day at Mountaineer Field as WVU took on Big 12 opponent Texas.
The special recognition given to WVU’s 20 senior football players offered Mountaineer fans an opportunity to consider their impact on the team.
Chad Meszaros flew up from Raleigh, N.C, for the game. He said that although there aren’t many seniors on this year’s team, they will leave a lasting impact.
“We’re going to miss the White brothers (safety Kyzir White and wide receiver Ka’Raun White). It’s been a run of all three brothers, so that’s going to be very sad. And little Elijah Battle (a cornerback) and Elijah Wellman (a fullback),” Meszaros said.
Overall, Meszaros said, he’s been pleased with how the seniors have played, and he looks forward to seeing how their impact will shape the team in the future.
“It’s been a great year with them. It’s been kind of a rebuilding year, but it definitely set the foundation for next year to be maybe our best year ever,” Meszaros said.
Preston County native Jessica Engels said that while she usually doesn’t follow individual players closely, she thinks running back Justin Crawford in particular has made an impact on WVU football.
“He’s been a big name for the past couple years for WVU’s team, and I think he’s been really essential to the offense,” Engels said. “It’s going to be really sad to see him go. He’s made some really big plays this year and in years past.”
Lucas Moore said this crop of seniors has been especially good, noting their work ethic shines through.
“I feel the seniors did well, worked hard, put in the effort,” Moore said. “I’m glad that we got to have them here.”
WVU student Lorena Rose said she’s been impressed with this year’s senior players.
“I think they did a good job,” she said. “Everybody showed up and did really well.”
Looking forward, Rose said she’s is optimistic there will be players to fill shoe’s of this year’s seniors.
“I think there’s definitely some people the team will miss, as there are every year,” Rose said. “But I also think that there are plenty of other people on the team that will step up when called on, so they’ll OK.”