With spring practice in full swing, the media got its first glance at what next year's West Virginia Mountaineers' football squad will look like. First, there was a briefing from head coach Dana Holgorsen, who provided some roster updates, including a few suspensions and one transfer.
Holgorsen announced that running back/wide receiver hybrid Jacky Marcellus will transfer from the school in an effort to find substantial playing time elsewhere. West Virginia has a crowded backfield this year with an infusion of junior college and high school talent. Holgorsen said senior Rushel Shell is looking as good as he has seen him in a WVU uniform, and that incoming freshman and early enrollee Kennedy McKoy seems to be ahead of the learning curve. McKoy, who has a reputation as an explosive playmaker both in the run and pass game, is even sporting No. 4, which will only further the early Wendell Smallwood comparison hype.
It's not all sunshine and optimism at WVU spring camp, however, as Holgorsen did announce the suspension of four different players. Jovon Durante, Larry Jefferson and Josh Lambert have been suspended for the entirety of spring practice due to a violation of team rules. Holgorsen said he is under the impression all three of them will be back for summer. Donte Thomas-Williams was also suspended for the spring for conduct detrimental to the team. "His future is yet to be determined," Holgorsen said.
The future of the wide receiver coach position is still up in the air as well, as Lonnie Galloway recently left the program to take the offensive coordinator position at Louisville. For now, Holgorsen said he has taken over the coaching duties for the wide receivers, but anticipates being able to get that position filled before the spring is over.