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Bailey Declares For The NFL Draft

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West Virginia University redshirt-junior wide receiver Stedman Bailey is declaring himself eligible for the NFL draft.

Head Coach Dana Holgorsen made that announcement to the media during a news conference Monday afternoon. Holgorsen said Bailey came to the decision in the week following the Kansas game.

"He's had two tremendous years in a row," Holgorsen said about Bailey. "With Geno leaving and his relationship with Geno, probably had something to do with it."

Typically players will seek input from their Head Coach before making the final decision to leave early for the NFL. Bailey did meet with Holgorsen to discuss that.

"I didn't discourage him," Holgorsen said. "It was on his mind and he wanted to do it. I don't think it would have made sense for me to talk him out of it. I think it is time for him to go and I support him and represent West Virginia well here for years to come."

Bailey will be treated like a senior at the Pinstripe Bowl since he, like the 21 seniors on the roster, will play his final game as a Mountaineer.

Bailey caught 106 passes in the regular season for 1,501 yards and 23 touchdowns. He was also one of three finalists for the Biletnikoff Award, which is presented to the nation's top wide receiver.

"He allowed us to coach him," Holgorsen said about Bailey. "He bought into it and worked hard. He practices hard and developed in the weight room. He listened and made plays. His relationship with Geno overcame some of our newness to the program so they were able to be on the same page pretty quick. He's a good football player, he's durable, he's smooth and has great hand-eye coordination."

Bailey is the school career record holder in touchdowns with 39. He is currently second in career receiving yards with 3,097 and third in career receptions with 202.

 

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