13th Annual Nickolich Award Winner Selected

Wide receiver John Pennington is the recipient of this year's Tommy Nickolich Award, which is presented each spring by the Blue & Gold News to a deserving walk-on athlete in the Mountaineer Football Program.

Pennington, who was selected by the WVU coaching staff, has epitomized the walk-on program at West Virginia. The Charleston, W. Va. native didn't have any Division 1 football offers coming out of George Washington High School, and was actually considered a better prospect in baseball than football.

However, Pennington followed his dream of playing football, and the results have been amazing. The rising junior has climbed from the bottom of the depth chart to become a starting wide receiver coming out of this year's spring practice sessions.

Last season, Pennington played in three games and caught one pass, but made the most out of it by turning it into a 33 yard touchdown.

The Nickolich trophy is presented annually to a walk-on player who has distinguished himself through attitude and work ethic.

It was established in 1991 as a memorial to Tom Nickolich, a former WVU walk-on player who died of cancer in 1983. The Blue & Gold News is proud to be a part of this award.

1991 Keith Taparausky RB
1992 Ray Wilcox LB
1993 Matt McCulty WR
1994 Randy Fulmore DB
1995 Rob Keys DB
1996 Matt Ceresa OL
1997 David Lightcap DB
1998 Mark Corman TE
1999 Bryan Lorenz TE
2000 Ben Collins DB
2001 Jeremy Knapp TE
2002 Moe Fofana FB

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