Waiting In The Wings

The annual junior varsity game provides a chance for Mountaineers who are waiting their turn to contribute in a game setting, as well as a chance to prove what they can do in front of the coaches. During last week's 14-8 win over Hargrave Military Academy, several current Mountaineers showed that they have the potential to be very good players down the road. On the opposing sideline though, one of the Tigers was looking to do the same thing.

Ryan Brinson is spending this year at Hargrave after graduating from McKinley High School in Canton, Oh. last spring. He originally signed with the Mountaineers in February, but decided to spend a year at Hargrave to improve his academic standing, and get some more work in on the football field.

"It's going well," said Brinson in an exclusive interview with BlueGoldNews.com after the game. "There's a lot of self-discipline, and stuff like that to help me with my grades and everything. At the same time it's a little bit tough, but you've just got to be mentally strong."

Brinson played well in the game against the WVU JV. The athletic corner showed the ability to play well in coverage, and looks to be a good candidate to start out his career in Morgantown as a field corner.

"I like for them to have to throw the ball (on the side of the field corner.) I think that I'm a good coverage guy," said the 5'9" 185 pound defensive back, who chose West Virginia over offers from Iowa, Indiana, and Wisconsin.

Brinson feels he has the necessary physical skills and intangibles that would make him a good candidate for that position.

"I would probably say that my speed and my reaction on the ball are my biggest strengths," he said.

Although it was only for a couple of hours, the Ohioan was very excited to be on the surface at Mountaineer Field in a game situation.

"It was really nice, and really fun," he said. "I can't wait until I can get in there with all the crowds and people. It'll be loud, and under the lights. I can't wait."

Of course the fact that the Mountaineers are just two wins away from clinching a third consecutive Big East Championship, as well as a berth in the Bowl Championship Series has made Brinson even more excited to be a part of the Mountaineer Football Family.

"I'm ready for that. I want to get some rings, play in a bowl game, and stuff like that," he said with a big grin on his face.

Brinson played in the game despite suffering an injury to his right hand prior to arriving in Morgantown.

"This happened in practice," he said while showing the splint on one of his fingers. "I dislocated my finger, but it's going to be all right."

Brinson is making the most of his year at Hargrave both on the field and off. He knows what needs to be done, and is willing to put forth the effort to ensure that he'll be a Mountaineer when fall camp opens in August.

"I'm going to keep working out while I'm (at Hargrave.) I'm going to make sure I keep my grades, so I've got to keep my study habits up and everything. Hopefully I can get that done, and then when I get here continue to work hard."

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