The West Virginia Mountaineers boasted a host of returning talent in 2016. A senior quarterback, junior receivers, a senior offensive line, senior defensive linemen. That amount of returning talent helped pave the way to the Mountaineers second 10-win season of the Dana Holgorsen era.

As often happens with teams that returned a host of talent, the 2017 Mountaineers are one of the teams in Power 5 conferences that do not return a lot of production. Losing Skyler HowardShelton Gibson, Daikeil Shorts, Tyler OrloskyAdam PankeyNoble NwachukwuDarrien Howard, and Rasul Douglas, among others, has Big 12 media writers predicting the team to finish middle of the pack in the conference.

2017 WVU Depth Chart

Position Player Year
Quarterback Will Grier R-Junior
Running Back Justin Crawford Senior
Fullback Elijah Wellman R-Senior
Tight End Trevon Wesco R-Junior
Wide Receiver (X) David Sills Junior
Wide Receive (Z) Ka’Raun White R-Senior
Inside Receiver (Y) Gary Jennings Junior
Left Tackle Yodny Cajuste R-Junior
Left Guard Kyle Bosch R-Senior
Center Matt Jones R-Sophomore
Right Guard Grant Lingafelter R-Senior
Right Tackle Colton McKivitz R-Sophomore
Defensive End Adam Shuler R-Sophomore
Nose Tackle Xavier Pegues R-Senior
Defensive End Reese Donahue Sophomore
SAM Linebacker Xavier Preston Senior
MIKE Linebacker Al-Rasheed Benton R-Senior
WILL Linebacker David Long R-Sophomore
Left Cornerback Hakeem Bailey R-Sophomore
Right Cornerback Elijah Battle Senior
SPUR Safety Kyzir White Senior
Free Safety Dravon Askew-Henry R-Junior
BANDIT Safety Toyous Avery R-Junior

Looking at the current depth chart, there are familiar names, but names that haven’t seen a lot of playing time. Will Grier is a former Parade All-American but hasn’t thrown a football in a live game since October 10, 2015. The leading returning receiver had 48 catches for 583 yards. The starting defensive line is two sophomores and a senior, and 4 of 6 defensive backs weren’t starters in 2016, while Dravon Askew-Henry is returning from an ACL tear.

Source: Yahoo
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