Elijah Wellman, Daikiel Shorts Dissect West Virginia's Offseason, Upcoming Fall Camp

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - With West Virginia opening fall camp in early August, the Mountaineers are hoping to put together strong running and passing games.

Shorts finished with a team-high 45 receptions for 528 yards and five touchdowns, including an acrobatic catch in the corner of the end zone for a score in the Cactus Bowl victory over Arizona State. The senior, above, has developed into an ultra-dependable threat out of the slot, and should compliment WVU's multitude of deep threats this season. Here, Shorts speaks to his time in the program, and how quickly eligibility has passed, along with how much different his body is now from where it was a season ago.

Shorts also delves into his leadership as an upperclassmen, and the mental and physical battle of not just pushing through summer workouts, but also progressing on individual offseason goals. "The strength coaches push us to places we don't think we can go," he said. "You push past those limits, you get better. It's physical, but most of it's mental."

Wellman, who has become a major threat in the short game in terms of run blocking, details his physical progress, and how he mentally is approaching this season as a veteran. The state native also speaks to his additional redistribution of weight, and how the added strength is a key to the physical grind in the trenches. Wellman also notes that he embraces the offseason work, and how that forges bonds for the team as a whole - especially the running of law school hill, a staple of West Virginia's strength and conditioning program.

"There's no secret," Wellman said in his trademark straight-shooting style. "You get to the bottom and run as fast as you can to the top and then do it over again."


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