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MORGANTOWN, West Virginia — According to multiple sources, two current members of the West Virginia football program are no longer a part of the team. As first reported by 247 Sports, DJ Oliver and Charlie Katarinic have left the Mountaineers’ team.
DJ Oliver, a freshman running back from Perry, Florida, has left the team but will not enter the transfer portal. The portal is currently closed and Oliver will have to wait until it re-opens in the Spring. Oliver, considered one of the team’s best young future options in the backfield, rushed 12 times for 47 yards and 1 touchdown during his freshman season. He was supposed to get quality playing time in the Duke’s Mayo Bowl while filling in for the injured CJ Donaldson, but he had a costly fumble early in the game and finished with only 2 carries for 9 yards.
Charlie Katarinic, a 6’4 293 pound offensive lineman from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has also decided to leave the team. Katarinic, a redshirt sophomore, played in two games last season (Duquesne and Cincinnati), but was expected to add depth to the offensive line next year.
At this time, it’s unclear why either Oliver or Katarinic decided to leave the team, but both were talented young players that were expected to contribute in the future.