Wesco Ready to Make Impact
Martinsburg native battling for starting tight end job
MORGANTOWN — Offensive coordinator Jake Spavital is talking about him. Veteran starting quarterback Will Grier is talking about him.
Even position coach Dan Gerberry can’t say enough good things about him.
Just who are all these coaches and players talking about as West Virginia prepares for its annual Gold/Blue Scrimmage on Saturday, April 7?
Martinsburg native and redshirt senior tight end/fullback Trevon Wesco.
“It makes me happy,” Wesco said during Tuesday’s media conference. “I want to impress my coaches and I really want to impress my quarterback. It helps a lot.”
Wesco, an all-state football and basketball player at Musselman High School, entered his final spring in Morgantown in an apparent two-way battle with redshirt freshman Jovani Haskins to replace Mountain State native Elijah Wellman as the team’s starting tight end/fullback when the Mountaineers open the 2018 campaign in Charlotte, N.C., against SEC foe Tennessee.
“Probably the hardest thing I’ve had to work on this spring is fullback,” said Wesco, who played two seasons for head coach Mark Duda at Lackawanna College before coming to Morgantown. “I played it some last year, but there was just still so much I needed to learn and that is what I’ve been doing this spring.”
The 6-foot-4, 270-pounder saw action in six games a year ago after taking the field in 10 of WVU’s 13 games during the 2016 campaign.
“I think Trevon’s growth, both on and off the field, after last year is what has made him the player he is right now,” said Gerberry, who is in his first year as the position coach for tight ends and fullbacks.
“He’s always had the talent and there are times when I think he has taken some hard knocks over things he had no control over.
“But, right now, he’s doing everything we ask of him and we feel like with him and (Jovani) Haskins, we have two very solid bodies at that position.”
A position which has been known more for its blocking skills than as an offensive weapon. But, that is going to change if second year offensive coordinator Spavital has his way.
“We are always throwing in different packages during the spring,” Spavital said. “We look at them and we talk about them after the spring. We look to see what we think we can us against certain teams that are on our schedule.
“Trevon (Wesco) and Jovani (Haskins) give us a pair of ‘big’ bodies to maybe take advantage of some people in the passing game. Both have good hands. Wes(co) is probably the better blocker right now, but Jovani is getting better.”
Does that mean fans can expect to see more out of the team’s tight ends in 2018?
“I think so,” Spavital said. “We install those packages in the spring with the idea of, if the opportunity comes up, using them. At California, I really didn’t have tight ends like I did at A&M.
“These guys both fit that mold and I am looking forward to seeing just what they can do to help us this fall.”
Just the kind of words Wesco was wanting to hear.
“This has been my dream school,” Wesco said. “The whole junior college thing, I did that for one reason, so that I could get here. Now, to hear my coaches and my quarterback say the things they are saying, it makes all of that worthwhile.”
Henson Out at WVU
West Virginia University Athletics Director Shane Lyons announced Wednesday that wrestling head coach Sammie Henson’s contract will not be renewed for the 2018-19 season.
“I want to thank Coach Henson for his time here leading our wrestling program,” Lyons said. “We will immediately begin a national search to identify our next wrestling coach.
“I firmly believe WVU can excel in wrestling, and I look forward to our future success.”
In his four years at West Virginia, Henson compiled a 27-39 overall record and a 5-14 Big 12 mark.
His 2018 squad finished 6-7, ninth at the Big 12 Tournament and 30th at the NCAA Championships with one All-American.