Morgantown, West Virginia – Let me preface this by saying that I hope that the Mountaineers don’t lose anymore players to the transfer portal. With that said, there is a lot of smoke coming out of the West Virginia athletic department about numerous unhappy players on the team who are considering leaving.
The following players are the most likely to enter the transfer portal in the coming months, weeks, days or hours.
Sam Brown – Brown, an ultra-talented redshirt freshman wide receiver, played in seven games and started one last season for the Mountaineers, but has been criminally underplayed this season. Brown has only seen snaps during the Long Island University game, where he caught 2 passes for 16 yards. It’s really rather shocking that Brown has not already left the team considering his lack of playing time and it seems very unlikely that he will be on the team for much longer.
Tony Mathis – Although Mathis has 18 carries for 55 yards and 1 touchdown for the team this season, he’s clearly been eclipsed as the team’s #2 running back behind freshman Justin Johnson. With Johnson returning and several outstanding running backs joining the team next season, Mathis appears to be the player who will be left on the outside looking in.
A’Varius Sparrow – Like Mathis, Sparrow is buried on the depth chart at the running back position and it’ll only get more challenging for him to see playing time next season. He has only played in one game (against Long Island), rushing 3 times for 4 yards.
Scottie Young – There appears to be major discontent on the defensive side of the ball and Young didn’t make the trip to Baylor last weekend. Neal Brown claimed that Young “wasn’t healthy”, but didn’t elaborate. Young is a redshirt senior who is out of eligibility and cannot transfer, but you have to wonder if we’ve seen the last of him in a West Virginia uniform.
Jackie Matthews – Hope this isn’t true because he’s clearly a very talented defensive back, but there have been rumblings about him being unhappy with his role on the team.