Jalloh Ready to Work

The state of West Virginia has always been a place defined by hard working people, willing to do whatever it takes to be successful. One Mountaineer wide receiver fits that bill to a T, even though he's from out of state.

Mountaineer fans, meet Dorrell Jalloh. He's a 6'0" 200-pound burner from Greensboro, N.C. This spring, the redshirt freshman is one of several young receivers vying for playing time in the Mountaineer offense. While he admits there's still plenty of work to do on the field, he's willing to bring the lunch pail to practice every day for his shot to prove he can play.

"You've got to come out here and you've got to work very hard. You can't ever stop working hard. You've got to give 100 percent effort every play," said Dorrell. "You really can't let up out here."

This spring is big not only for Jalloh, but for all the Mountaineer receivers. With no more Chris Henry, Miquelle Henderson, Eddie Jackson, or John Pennington, new targets must emerge. Maybe that's why Jalloh is so enthusiastic to get out on the field every day. He knows what he does this spring will go a long way in determining what kind of role he'll play on the field come September. He also knows how to acheive that goal.

"My biggest strength right now is my work ethic," he said. "I feel that if you work hard, you're opportunity will come. Even if it's a running play, I'm still going to block as hard as I possibly can. Somebody's going to see that. That's all the coaches want to see. They want to see you work as hard as you possibly can and give 100 percent effort."

If nothing else, his attitude is certainly refreshing to see. Count head coach Rich Rodriguez among those who have been impressed so far by Jalloh.

"Freshmen still have to learn the intensity that we play at, and I think he's definitely one that's learning it quickly. He's got a great chance to get into the rotation," noted the fifth-year head coach.

Like all freshmen, Jalloh has plenty of work to do. He knows he has a great opportunity to play this fall, but also knows he has four years of eligibility remaining if things don't work out right away.

"My time is going to come. I've just got to keep working hard in the weight room, and keep working hard out on the field. I've got to pay attention," remarked Jalloh. "My goal is to be starting, and excelling in my position. It's all about ATD, attention to detail. When Saturday's come, it's time to perform, and my goal is to be the best."

Having never played at the collegiate level, Dorrell knows that he will have to be patient. There are still many, many things to learn, and none of them are exactly a walk in the park. He's willing to put in the effort to make it work though.

"It's new for me, and I've got to learn to play. I'm learning everything over again. I've got to work twice as hard mentally, and be ready to play physically," sums up Jalloh.

With spring practice in the home stretch, the wide receiver position is still a tremendous question mark for this team. Make no mistake about it though. The one they call "Jello" will give anything but a soft effort.


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