5 Players to Be Excited For Heading Into 2024

Morgantown, WV – After finishing with a 9-4 record in 2023, many are excited about the potential of the 2024 West Virginia University Mountaineers. With a plethora of production returning, fans will be eagerly awaiting the fireworks that are destined to take place.

There are many players to be excited for, but we have narrowed it down to the FIVE players that fans will be most intrigued by heading into next season. If they can continue to build off of their previous success, 2024 could be the year that they officially put their names on the national map.

Without further ado, here are the players you should be excited for this fall:

  • Garrett Greene, QB (Sr.) – This one was a no-brainer. Greene went from being someone who was struggling to get their chance to a bonafide badass in no time flat. The Florida native graded out as one of the best quarterbacks in College Football, according to Pro Football Focus. If he can improve his completion percentage, this could be a special final season in Morgantown for Greene.
  • Hudson Clement, WR (R-So.) – Clement is another Mountaineer to receive an excellent grade from Pro Football Focus. The former Martinsburg Bulldog became a fan favorite in West Virginia after posting a 3 touchdown game against the Duquesne Dukes. This performance was so impressive that it prompted Neal Brown to put him on scholarship immediately after the game.

Should he maintain his yards per catch average, Clement could quickly become recognized as one of the best receivers in the Big 12 Conference.

  • Jahiem White, RB (So.) – This one was another no-brainer. White was the team’s leading rusher in 2023, accomplishing the feat in less than 100 carries. His production will undoubtedly increase in 2024. With the increase in touches, the potential of explosive plays will only continue to grow. Was this a one-off performance from White or will he cement himself as a playmaker on a national scale? We easily believe it will be the latter.
  • Michael Hayes, K (R-Sr.) – How about some love for the kicker? Hayes was almost automatic in 2023. With the schedule set to be more difficult this fall, his services will be even more pivotal for this team’s success. We aren’t claiming he will receive Lou Groza recognition, but Hayes could be the determining factor in many outcomes for the Mountaineers. Neal Brown found a gem in this former Georgia State Panther.
  • Ben Cutter, LB (So.) – Since the Mountaineers have so many potential superstars to choose from, this last spot was incredibly difficult to pick. With the first four picks going towards offense (and special teams), we decided that the last should go to a defender. Cutter was too good to keep on the sidelines. He is one of the few players that were able to step in and contribute right away. While his size may be a concern, he plays with a motor that makes up for any deficits. A role increase will be in the cards for Cutter in 2024. He has the potential to become one of the nastiest defenders this conference has to offer. Keep an eye on #15 whenever the defense is on the field.

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Clark Johnson
Clark Johnson is a Football Columnist for The Voice of West Virginia. He is a student at Concord University and is majoring in History with a minor in Political Science. He became a Mountaineer fan at 9-years old and has not missed a WVU football game since 2008. He is honored to bring new perspective and fresh content to the best fanbase in the nation!