While kickoff is still a few months away, members of the West Virginia football program are hard at work on and off the field to prepare for their week one matchup with James Madison.
The Mountaineers have honored four players for their work during the offseason academically and athletically: safety Dante Bonamico, offensive lineman Colton McKivitz, and quarterback Trey Lowe have received this week’s Workout Warrior honors, while wide receiver Sean Ryan received the Academic Student of the Week award.
“Wherever you can find a role, I don’t think it matters what size you are,” Bonamico told WVIllustrated during this year’s spring practices. “Either way, you’ve just got to make plays and do whatever you can to get on the field.”
On the other side of the coin, McKivitz has become a mainstay on the Mountaineer offensive line since his freshman season having appeared in every game during his career. This has likely been aided by his work in the offseason, which also includes the reception of this year’s Iron Mountaineer Award, which is given to the most outstanding performers in West Virginia football’s strength and conditioning program.
With Austin Kendall and Jack Allison dominating the quarterback-related headlines so far in 2019, redshirt freshman Trey Lowe’s name may get lost in the shuffle. With only one appearance last season, Lowe got some time in the 2019 Blue-Gold Game and completed a 40-yard pass to Sam James.
Transfer wide receiver Sean Ryan earned this week’s academic honor. Coming to Morgantown from Temple University, Ryan was one of the few true freshman to appear in a game for the Owls in 2019, playing in 11 contests with 12 catches for 162 yards and a touchdown.