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WVU Freshman QB Rawlins Leaves Program


West Virginia freshman quarterback Chavas Rawlins has decided to leave the Mountaineers program after just one semester at the university, according to his Monessen High School Coach Andy Pacak.

A major part of his initial decision to join the Mountaineers was the relationship he built with former WVU quarterback coach Jake Spavital, who left the program shortly after the 2012 season ended to join the staff at Texas A&M.

As soon as Spavital made his move, Rawlins felt less comfortable with the commitment he had made to the Mountaineers.

"I think from the onset, the way things went down with going there and Jake leaving, I think that he always had a little bit of trepidation and in our conversations, I steered him and tried to tell him that look, this is a different world now because it's a business and people leave and come and stay and go," Pacak said. "I told him to at least give it a shot and he did the semester, went through everything and now, three or fours months later, he still has that same feeling about the relationship that he and Jake had forged."

Pacak was quick to emphasize that Rawlins had no issues with West Virginia as a program or with the coaches and players he was surrounded by on a daily basis.

"The most important part is that the coaching staff and everyone involved with the university, his team and his classes were great," said Pacak. "Coach [Dana] Holgorsen and Coach Shannon [Dawson] and everybody, they've been great."

Rawlins started and ended the spring as the team's third quarterback behind junior Paul Millard and redshirt freshman Ford Childress. The two more experienced players took all of the snaps in the Gold-Blue game back in April.

Since spring practice ended, WVU added Florida State transfer quarterback Clint Trickett to the rotation in a battle that will likely wage through fall camp and also likely would not have featured Rawlins.

Still, Pacak says that his former quarterback, who at 6-foot-3, 190 pounds possesses the athleticism that makes him intriguing at other skill positions, had grown in his brief time taking snaps in Morgantown.

"I think he made good progress and I think he certainly understood the parameters of changing from the high school game to the complex type of offense that Coach Holgorsen and Coach Shannon run and he was working at it and realized that he can play at that level," said Pacak. "It was also knowing just how far there was to go. I don't think there was any doubt in his mind or anybody else's mind that he can be very good at that one day."

Pacak says the search for a new program has only just begun and there are currently no frontrunners for Rawlins' services, though the freshman will have to sit out this fall due to NCAA transfer regulations.

"He has nothing but good things to say about everybody there," said Pacak. "But sometimes if it's not right, it's not right."

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