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Morgantown, West Virginia – James Gmiter, a redshirt sophomore offensive lineman from Bethal Park, PA, revealed a very personal matter on social media this evening.  Gmiter, who started ten games for the Mountaineers last season as a redshirt freshman, announced that he struggled with depression and considered “ending it all” last year.

Gmiter said the following: “Not many people beside my mother, father and wife know that my freshman year I was in a very dark place and contemplated ending it all…I stand here today a better man, now a father because of the love and support from them and my brothers on the team.”

Today (September 10) is “National Suicide Prevention Day” and hopefully Gmiter’s honest message will serve as inspiration for those struggling with depression.

Gmiter will start for the Mountaineers at guard on Saturday when West Virginia opens the season against Eastern Kentucky University.

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