Cody Clay will be starting at fullback on Saturday afternoon. For him, wearing the jersey has a deeper meaning.
"You go out there and realize that you're playing for not only the fans, but the university and state," said Clay. "It's an honor to be a Mountaineer."
Growing up just outside Charleston, W.Va. in Alum Creek, Clay grew up watching the gold and blue.
"I grew up watching WVU, and this is something I have always dreamed of."
Clay, a redshirt sophomore, also said the stage still can be overwhelming at times.
"It's hard to believe that I'm playing on the same field as former greats like Pat White and Bruce Irvin. That's something I'll always remember."
As for number choice, Cody explains why he wears No. 88.
"The number was given to me when I came in, so I stuck with it," said Clay. "I wore No. 33 in high school. I've always had a three or an eight in my number."
His jersey is also a hot item in Alum Creek.
"People are always trying to get a No. 88, whether it is real or custom. It's pretty cool to see people in my hometown wanting my jersey."
The Mountaineers enter the season with several question marks, and one of those is who will emerge as the leaders. On defense, senior defensive tackle Will Clarke and sophomore safety Karl Joseph are the top picks. As for offense, the names are still a work in progress. Cody Clay hopes that his previous experience as a brother and on the field will help him emerge as a leader.
"I've been a big brother my entire life," said Clay. On the field, I love being able to help the younger players grow and develop."
The lights will come on and the roles will be filled in just a matter of hours.
The countdown is now a little over halfway, and football season is now just three, short days away.