One of WVU football’s most experienced players could be leaving the Mountaineers.
According to a source within the program, running back Martell Pettaway has entered the transfer portal. In four season at WVU, Pettaway rushed for 1104 yards and 11 touchdowns in 32 games played.
Pettaway redshirted in 2019, appearing in just four games. He logged 72 rushing yards on 27 attempts, scoring two touchdowns against Kansas.
The Detroit native’s career at WVU has been a bit unusual: Pettaway was expected to redshirt as a freshman in 2016, but appeared in three games out of necessity. Instead, he redshirted this season, potentially equipping him to become part of a growing trend in college football — preserve one final year of eligibility by redshirting, and play that final season at a different school.
Should Pettaway depart, redshirt sophomore Alec Sinkfield and sophomore Leddie Brown will remain as West Virginia’s most experienced players at the position. Tony Mathis also appeared in one game in 2019 as a true freshman.