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Losses: Tavon Austin, Stedman Bailey, J.D. Woods, Ryan Nehlen, Ivan McCartney, Travares Copeland
Returners: Jordan Thompson, Connor Arlia, Dante Campbell, K.J. Myers, Will Johnson, Devonte Mathis, Devonte Robinson
Newcomers: Kevin White, Daikiel Shorts
Coming Soon: Mario Alford, Shelton Gibson, Ronald Carswell
Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey shined at the NFL combine in late February and both look to be on their way to promising pro careers. J.D. Woods and Ryan Nehlen both graduated, while Ivan McCartney and Travares Copeland left the program.
With those heavy losses, it may be easy to assume that the cupboard is bare for West Virginia.
However, that certainly isn't the case. Jordan Thompson and Connor Arlia bring the most production and experience back, but they both might end up taking on reserve roles.
WVU has plenty of talented pass catchers returning and even a couple more who have already come to campus for spring practice in Kevin White and Daikiel Shorts. Both have the physical ability to earn solid playing time in 2013.
Finally, the Mountaineers have three more newcomers who aren't even on campus yet who could earn starting slots.
Mario Alford and Shelton Gibson were both very highly touted and highly talented recruits and may be WVU's answer for the losses of Austin and Bailey.
Not to be shorted, Ronald Carswell is a JUCO prospect who was once a member of the Alabama Crimson Tide. Needless to say, he could make an early impact as well.
This spring is sure to be fun to watch between this group, and the summer will be even better.