Depew Announces Linebacker Candidates

With the linemen in place, West Virginia coach B.J. Depew has announced candidates for the linebacking unit for the Rudy Mumley OVAC All-Star Game, slated for Sunday, July 27 at Wheeling Island Stadium.

With Ohio expected to throw the ball much of the game, Depew went seeking versatile linebackers and he’s confident he and his staff found them.

“Similar to what we had on offense, we feel really good about these guys,” Depew said. “We think linebackers will be a strength for us and we have some kids who will provide leadership.”

The players report to camp at Bethany College on Sunday to begin their week-long camp.

Here’s a capsule look at the players:

SHANE WILLIAMS, Cameron – This former Dragon was all over the field on the defensive side of the ball coach Jim Rogers’ team.

The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder recorded 92 tackles, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries for the season.

Williams was named first team All-OVAC, All-Mason Dixon and honorable mention all-state.

Away from football, Williams took part in Boys State.

Shane, who is planning on attending Marshall University, is the son of Samuel Williams and Wendy Clark.

GEREMY PAIGE, Wheeling Park – This Patriot was a menace for opposing offenses from his linebacker post on Chris Daugherty’s squad.

The 5-11, 220-pounder recorded 156 tackles, 12 sacks and forced two fumbles en route to nearly every award imaginable.

Paige was named the Huff Award winner, which goes to the Mountain State’s top defensive player. He was first team all-state, serving as defensive captain, and was All-OVAC, All-Valley and WTOV-9’s Defensive Player of the Year.

Geremy, who will attend Gannon University, is the son of Michael West and Charise Paige.

TREVOR HARDESTY, John Marshall – This former Monarch put forth a brilliant season on both sides of the ball for Coach Rick Goodrich’s team.

The 5-11, 205-pounder was charted for 919 yards yards, 302 receiving, and he scored 12 touchdowns. On the defensive side of the ball, he racked up 116 tackles.

Hardesty, who was an All-Ohioan at Cambridge as a junior, was all-state, All-OVAC, All-Valley, All-TRAC this past season.

Along with football, Hardesty was a standout on the basefield diamond for the Monarchs.

Trevor, who is the son of Dennis and Barb Hardesty, plans on attending West Liberty University.

CODY SMITH, Parkersburg South – This former Patriot played a bevy of spots for Coach Mike Eddy’s team last season.

The 6-0, 210-pounder carried the ball 103 times for 864 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also scored three touchdowns receiving and he recorded 65 tackles.

Smith was first team All-OVAC an All-TRAC.

Along with football, Smith was a baseball player for the Patriots.

Cody, who plans on attending Fairmont State, is the son of Thomas and Becky Smith.