WVU’s Carrier Literally Leads By Example

Record-Setting Receiver & Kick Returner Uses Skill Set To Educate In Drills

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Most coaching staffs are filled with excellent teachers. But few have ones who can match their players in execution as well as Tyron Carrier.

Carrier, of course, proved vastly under-recruited out of Worthington High in Houston’s Sunnyside area. It’s a rough section of town, and Carrier used sports as an escape, both physically and mentally. Passed on by most major schools because of his 5-foot-7 frame, Carrier became a record-setting returner at the University of Houston and finished as the school’s all-time leader in all purpose yardage (7,385, good for 6th in the NCAA all-time) while tying for the NCAA record with seven kickoff returns for touchdowns.

He’s slowed down some in his late 20s, but Carrier seldom passes up the opportunity to show his receivers how he wants a drill done if the vocal explanation alone isn’t enough. Case in point: With WVU’s wideouts struggling to truly grasp the concept of keeping the shoulders completely square until the cut against a defender, Carrier executed the drill himself.

“What’re you doing with your shoulders?” he asked. “Keep your shoulders square. Eyes on the defender.”

In the very next rep, Dominique Maiden is just a touch off completely squaring up, and Carrier is on it.

“Your shoulder’s aren’t square,” he said. “Keep them on the defender at all times. Shoulders square, fake, knock down and boom-boom.”

Tyron Carrier

Present the target to the quarterback. Simple, really. But it’s increasingly effective when you can visually see – at near playing speed – the drill done in the correct manner. There’s no secret Carrier embraces the style, and that energy, and the knowledge that goes with it, translates.


“I’m going to get them ready,” Carrier said. “It’s getting to the point now where they are learning how to practice. The last two days have been tougher ones as far as pads. We picked up the volume of reps for the ones, twos and threes. I am learning a little more about them as far as the mental things.

“When you get fatigued your pads get bad, your stance is horrible. They can see it and those give you things to focus on. You find out a lot more when (defenders) can take a shot on you. So we will see.”

Carrier also mentioned that he likes the versatility of his group, from the size of Maiden, David Sills and Reggie Roberson to the speed of Marcus Simms, the execution of Ricky Rogers and the dependability of Ka’Raun White and Gary Jennings.

“I feel like we can’t go wrong with who we have out there,” Carrier said. “The great thing is that (quarterback Will Grier) knows how to feed the fast guys and the big guys. He is not going to give the big guys something he would give his speedster. The realm of my room, I’ve got everything I need.”