Wesco, WVU’s new secret weapon

Mountaineers hope to have strong offense

AP Photo West Virginia’s Trevon Wesco, left, and David Sills celebrate during a college football game last season in Morgantown.

MORGANTOWN — There is little secret that West Virginia University will possess one of the most potent offenses in the country in 2018.

Dana Holgorsen’s eighth Mountaineer squad includes a Heisman candidate quarterback (Will Grier), a top-of-the-line receiving corps led by preseason All-American David Sills V as well as senior Gary Jennings Jr. and sophomore speedster Marcus Simms and a serviceable running attack which returns Kennedy McKoy and Martell Pettaway.

And, if that is not enough the front five expected to propel this offensive onslaught is anchored by a pair of preseason All-Big 12 selections in senior Yodney Cajuste and Union Local standout Colton McKivitz.

There is one name, however, which came out of the spring that could have fans of the Old Gold and Blue looking for more when WVU takes on Tennessee at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C., on Saturday, Sept. 1.

“I think we are definitely going to see more of the tight end, 100 percent,” Martinsburg native Trevon Wesco explained. “I’m just excited for us to be on the field and have the opportunity to help our team win the game. We’ll block, catch, do whatever we can do to win.”

In the most recent campaigns blocking was the primary focus for Wesco and playing time was limited. Case in point. During his time with the Mountaineers the Musselman graduate has caught all of two passes in more than 300 offensive snaps.

One of those came against Iowa State last season and resulted in a touchdown.

“When you have a quarterback like Will (Grier), you have to have the understanding that if you are open he’s going to find you and you have to be ready to catch the football. Do that enough times and he will start looking for you more.”

Something that happened early and often during the spring.

“He (Wesco) really had a great spring,” said Grier. “He kept coming up with big catch after big catch that it became natural for me to look at him more.”

Not only Wesco, but the Mountaineers’ newest tight ends, Jovani Haskins, T.J. Banks, Mike O’Laughlin, Matt Bezjak and Jesse Beal.

Haskins came to Morgantown via the University of Miami while Banks, O’Laughlin and Bezjak were part of the Class of 2018.

The 28-year old Beal will look to make the final roster as a walk-on.

“There are definitely a lot more faces in the (tight end) room than when I first got here,” continued Wesco. “My first year I’d spend most of my time in with the fullbacks.”

Which necessarily a bad thing since it gave the former-Appleman a chance to work with Elijah Wellman.

“Eli (Wellman) taught me how to be tougher. Especially when it came to blocking. He taught me that you kind of have to do all of the little things if you wanted to get more playing time and I listened to him.”

And, Mountaineer fans glad that he did and can’t wait to break out their new weapon against a Volunteer team which sports a new coaching staff after a subpar season a year ago.

“We know they will be ready,” added Wesco. “They had a tough season last year and they are probably going to want to impress their new coach early.

“But, we weren’t too happy about the way our season ended. And, we feel like we have a lot to prove this year.”