MORGANTOWN — Patience is the word being used the most at Morgantown’s preseason workouts as second-year coach Sean Biser and his coaching staff are taking their time putting together a depth chart and trying to feel out their talent heading into the 2021 football campaign.
While there are plenty of battles with just a couple of weeks before the season kicks off, nothing is etched in stone for the Mohigans.
“Right now, heading into our first scrimmage, everything is an open competition for us,” Biser admitted. “We are doing our best to go slow in installing things on offense and defense and getting people where they are going to be. When all is said and done, we want the right kids in the right places, and we do not want to overlook anyone.
“We have a big roster and are planning on carrying 40 kids on varsity and 40 on junior varsity, and a few of them could bounce back-and-forth. There are going to be plenty of reps for everyone before we start putting the final depth charts together.”
There is a three-way battle at quarterback with junior Sebastian Dalton and sophomores Maddox Bowers and Jacob Keir all in the mix. The halfback rotation could consist of juniors Davon Eldridge, Matt Lindsey, Hank Martin and Broderick Washington with fullbacks in seniors Jack Grueshecky and Preston Harman and sophomore Caleb Nutter.
Coach Sean Biser on the upcoming campaign
A strong group of wing-backs are led by seniors James Hoskins and Jarrett Lawrence along with junior Keonn Mallett and sophomore Bobby Powell while the wide receiver corps will consist of seniors Marquis Mauney and Lucas Proctor and juniors Riley Felton and Caleb Neer. Competition at tight end has juniors Alex Horne, Dakoma Neal and Charlie Nenebi.
The offensive line has senior Sammy Teets and sophomore Braylon Brown battling at left tackle and senior CJ Brown and sophomore JJ White on the other side. Guard mix has seniors Jaiden Evans, Dyllan Haseleu and juniors Nathan Hagan and Aiden Shipley while the center will be either juniors Blake Dawson or Eli Stahara.
There is plenty of depth with seniors Jarmaine Burris, Cody Helmick and Michael Rehwinkle and junior Davian Jennings available at wideout and juniors Jia’var Howard, Peyton Johnson and Isaiah Taylor at running back.
The defensive front will include a mix of CJ Brown, Evans, Haseleu, Dawson, Hagan, Neal, Shipley and Braylon Brown. Inside linebackers are Grueshecky, Harman, Lindsey, Nutter and Marlin with Duley and Eldridge on one side and Lawrence and Washington on the other. Cornerbacks will be Hoskins, Felton, Mallett and Nenebi on one side and Brooks, Burris and Taylor on the other.
The safeties will consist of Mauney, Neer, Keir and Powell.
Back-ups include Teets, Horne, Howard, Stahara and White on the line; Proctor and Johnson at linebacker; Helmick, Rehwinkle and Jennings at corner and Dalton and Bowers at safety.
The Mohigans, who finished last year with a 3-3 mark, open the season at home Friday night against South Charleston. There is also a big three-game homestand in the middle of the season that will have Musselman, Wheeling Park and Parkersburg South all visiting.
Biser’s coaching staff will consist of Jace Neville, Bruce Bonfili, Matt Kelly, Anthony Giambrone, Sammy Lusk, Bobby Teets, Mike Goldcamp, Jennings Berry, Ross Robinson, John Fowkes, Chase Gump, Cornell Brown, Daniel Strosnider and Willie Edwards.