Lyons' Share

Coming off of an impressive and much-talked about spring, senior receiver Wes Lyons is hoping to keep that momentum going during fall camp. Lyons has gained an obvious confidence not only in himself but in his team.

"We're working together well," said Lyons. "We're rotating a lot. We're all coming together like a family." Along with Alric Arnett and Bradley Starks, Lyons figures to make up the top three in West Virginia's wide receiver rotation. It was his spring move into the slot, with Arnett and Starks remaining as the outside receivers, that was the key move in making up what appears to be the starting set. His move to that position has gone without a hitch, and the senior said he had no problem with the move.

"It's fine because I know the play book," Lyons noted. "It's really not challenging. It's fun to get the opportunity to work with another group. I feel comfortable wherever. I like press coverage too. I'm stronger than most of the DBs so I can get off of the time. It all works for me."

Not only is Lyons stronger than most of the defensive backs, his height advantage gives him another edge. Standing at 6'8" a player of his build would be much more likely to be found on the basketball court, but he is hoping to use that to his advantage against defenders that he will often tower over by at least a half-foot.

"Even if Jarrett [Brown] is scrambling around, I feel like I'm his bail out," said Lyons, who expects to be more visible as he runs routes in the middle of the field. "Even if I'm not his first read or his second read, I will still be his bail out."

While the height is viewed as a negative by some, Lyons sees the extra height that players such as he and fellow receiver Arnett possess as nothing but positive.

"We have more strike zone," said Lyons. "We're more of a target where when you have Jock you have to throw it in more of a little window."

It's not that having scatbacks in the slot is a negative, however. When the Mountaineer offense would like to switch things up, it can go from Lyons to junior Jock Sanders, who is 5'7". Lyons believes that having such a variety of players at the slot will be helpful for the Mountaineers.

"I feel that [the difference] will really hurt defenses," said Lyons. "They're really not going to be used to it so it's going to be a different look."

After a career of middling productivity, Lyons is confident in his ability as a receiver and realizes that his close relationship with Brown will have him catching a lot of passes. That, plus his productive spring, has him primed to cap his career in a major way.

"He knows that I'm going to catch it," admitted Lyons. "He can just look for me. I'm his bail out. We have been working together for four years."

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