Former West Virginia Mountaineer offensive lineman Colton McKivitz was picked by the San Francisco 49ers in the 5th round of the 2020 NFL Draft yesterday and his incredible contributions in Morgantown will never be forgotten.
Following his selection by the 49ers, McKivitz met with local San Francisco media outlets and some of his quotes were particularly noteworthy. When describing his style of playing, McKivitz said, “Personally, I think I’m a prick. I like to get inside guys’ heads. I think that’s one of the biggest things. If I can get him to think about me rather than the offense, then I know I’m winning. That’s the one thing I really enjoy about it.”
McKivitz, who was the Big 12 Conference Co-Offensive Lineman of the Year and a third team Associated Press All American last season, anchored the Mountaineers’ offensive line as the left tackle for all twelve games.
When asked about making the move from West Virginia to San Francisco, McKivitz said, “I refer to myself as a civilized redneck so it’ll be all right.”
McKivitz hopes to help fill the void left by Joe Staley’s surprise retirement announcement yesterday. Staley, 35, a six-time Pro Bowler and long-time tackle for the 49ers, announced his retirement due to health concerns.
Following McKivitz’s selection, West Virginia Head Coach Neal Brown posted the following message on Twitter: “Congratulations, Colton! This opportunity was earned! I’m excited for you and your family.”
Congrats @CMcKivitz ! This opportunity was earned! Excited for you and your family. #TrustTheClimb https://t.co/OOpp1cN5oZ
— Neal Brown (@NealBrown_WVU) April 25, 2020