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K.J. Myers Hungry to Prove His Worth

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There may be no player in West Virginia's receiving corps who enters the season as hungry as K.J. Myers.

The redshirt sophomore has been lurking in the shadows to this point in his career, waiting for the time when his number would be called to step up and get on the field to make a difference. The first time he made a catch in his career, it was for a touchdown in the season opener.

That taste of success has faded as Myers has caught just one ball since. He no longer recalls what exactly it felt like to make a play for the Mountaineers, but if all goes according to plan, this will be the year he finds out.

"The expectations are very high. I feel like I have a lot to prove, I feel like it's going to be a great year for myself," said Myers. "I'm going to do whatever I have to do to win. I'm a team player. I'm going to put my body on the line to block, to make plays, to be a verbal leader out there for my team and for the offense. I just want to win."

The preseason depth chart lists Myers as the No. 1 "Z" receiver, ahead of highly touted junior college transfer Kevin White. That he is listed above White, who is questionable for the opener with a foot injury, is no surprise. What may surprise some is the fact that after all of the hype that accompanied some of the new toys in this system, a veteran with little experience in actual games has emerged.

Myers said earlier in camp that he wants to model his game after the likes of Stedman Bailey, Tavon Austin and J.D. Woods before him, and after seeing so many of the program records fall in the past few seasons, he hopes he can be next to put up big numbers.

"I look at their highlight tapes all the time and see what they do against defenses that we're facing. I feel like I can do the same thing and even better," said Myers.

His coaches don't seem to doubt his confidence.

"K.J. Myers has done a phenomenal job," head coach Dana Holgorsen said of the 6-foot-2, 197-pound wideout. "He's one of the guys that I've got a big plus by. Kevin [White] had two or three really good days, and dinged his shoulder up and was out for a few days. K.J. stepped in and took over."

That was a few weeks ago, when White was first sidelined. Myers' name remaining at the top of the depth chart is a sign that he continues to step up and stand out. He's glad to see that his coaches have noticed the work he's putting in.

"I feel like my game has changed dramatically since I got here," Myers said. "I have a chip on my shoulder. I didn't get as much playing time as I wanted last year and I feel like I bettered myself coming from last year. I found out what I needed to do and what I didn't do last year that stopped me from getting that playing time that I wanted. I progressed on that over the summer, I worked on that [through all of] camp. Every day, I was just working."

He worked with a goal in mind. It stretches far beyond just one game, but it begins with a season opener. The opportunity to line up along with 10 other starters on offense for the first snap of the game is something the Jacksonville, Fla. native is anxious to take advantage of.

"I can't wait," said Myers. "We do so much in practice. We do so many situations in practice, so much work in practice that whenever it becomes game time, it's just going to be natural." 

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