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WVU Push-Up Platform Added to Mountaineer Field


The WVU Army ROTC has teamed up with the university's athletic department and Wood Science and Technology Program to provide Mountaineer game day with a new feature for the remainder of the season.

A wooden platform, made to replicate the field at Milan Puskar Stadium, will be used for Jonathan Kimble to perform his push-ups when the WVU football team scores in home games.

The idea originated back in August and since then, work has been done to put the platform together using local products to get the project complete and in place for West Virginia's game against Kansas State.

"They literally went out, scouted timber, cut the boards, planned them, 100 hours of handcraftsmanship, all West Virginia students, West Virginia wood – every part about this platform is WVU," says Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Rice. 

The timber used in the platform came from the WVU forest, with black cherry as the football field and red maple for the yard lines and the sides. The platform is approximately 4 feet wide by eight feet long.

One end zone reads "Mountaineers" while the other says "Wood Science." The sides have "West Virginia" and "Mountaineers," with "Montani Semper Liberi" on the end.

"We came up with the idea that it should be something hearty, rustic and wholly West Virginia," says Rice.

Kimble took a test run on the platform prior to the game Saturday and immediately felt comfortable on it. Eight members of the Army ROTC will lift the platform while Kimble stands on it.

But he may not use it after every score. The platform will remain in the south end zone, regardless of where Kimble is at the time. If he is elsewhere, Cadet Daniel Lacy will perform the push-ups.

Look for the platform when WVU scores for the rest of the season.

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