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West Virginia Sophomore RB Daquan Hargrett Leaves Program

Daquan Hargrett was just one of many running backs in the WVU backfield
Daquan Hargrett was just one of many running backs in the WVU backfield
Daniel KablackCorrespondent IIIJanuary 5, 2017

West Virginia Mountaineers football head coach Dana Holgorsen has announced that red-shirted sophomore running back Daquan Hargrett intends to leave the program.

The Mountaineers backfield has become quite crowded with Shawn Alston, Trey Johnson and freshman Vernard Roberts all vying for time in Holgorsen's offense which is mostly concentrated around a spread passing attack.

The move was announced last Monday in a press conference after practice.

Hargrett was unhappy about the amount of playing time that would be available to him and felt he would have a better chance if he transferred and played for another program.

Coach Holgorsen seemed positive about the player in a post-practice press conference, "He's a good kid, he's done everything we've asked him to do, I'll help him go wherever he wants."

It's very likely the speedy Hargrett will end up finding playing time at another school more in need of players at the running back position.

Despite the loss, the Mountaineers still have a loaded backfield with over 10 players currently listed on their roster.

Holgorsen took over early when former WVU head coach Bill Stewart was relieved of his duties
Holgorsen took over early when former WVU head coach Bill Stewart was relieved of his duties

A majority of these players will be cut by the time the season starts, but the open tryouts Holgorsen is hosting on Aug. 22 in hopes of adding some depth at the quarterback position may discover even more hidden talent amongst the Morgantown hopefuls.

Though the depth charts haven't been released yet, or even started, it's very likely junior Shawn Alston, sophomore Trey Johnson and freshman Vernard Roberts will be spending the most time on the field this season.

The 6', 230-pound, red-shirted junior Ryan Clarke will spend much of his time in the full back position, though he will also see time when he's lined up as a running back in short yardage situations.

Keep an eye on freshman running back Vernard Roberts, he committed to Morgantown last year with his twin brother, Vance Roberts, who plays defensive back for the Mountaineers.

Vernard is a very quick-footed running back who seems to have the edge over Trey Johnson currently for the starting position.

Both players are speed backs who can be lined up occasionally in the slot to help open up holes in opposing secondaries.

Brother Vance Roberts was the more highly rated of the two brothers by various recruiting scouts but will likely have to wait to see any major playing time in the Mountaineers defense.


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