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Four years ago, David Long and Dravon Askew-Henry were among the 2018 West Virginia Senior Day winners.
Then freshman Josh Chandler-Semedo remembers seeing them overcome with emotion.
“(I) didn’t really understand at that time, being young”, Chandler-Semedo said, “But being a lot older you invest a lot in a program, you’ve been through tough times, you’ve been through good times, memories with teammates and stuff like that. “
Now, there are two games left before the end of Chandler-Semedo’s college football career. The senior linebacker said it himself on Tuesday, announcing his intention to reject his fifth year of eligibility and look to the sequel.
Chandler-Semedo, who is currently working on a master’s degree, is not the only one facing a difficult decision.
Due to COVID-19, the NCAA has granted a fifth year of eligibility to all student-athletes, allowing them a total of six years in college. A handful of mountaineers took advantage of the opportunity last season, including starting safeties Alonzo Addae and Sean Mahone. Others, like wide receiver TJ Simmons and offensive lineman Chase Behrndt, still chose to leave the program, choosing to start a new chapter in their lives.
“In the senior class from last year a lot of these guys could have come back, but a lot of them didn’t necessarily have NFL futures and they were a little tired. said head coach Neal Brown. “It’s hard, really. Everyone sees all the perks and rewards and everything, but it’s a lot of work. A lot of these guys had already graduated, a lot of them already had their masters and they just moved on with their lives.
“You have discussions, whether it’s ‘Hey, we want you to come back, we really would love you to come back,’ or you have the NFL discussion which is very similar to what you have with a junior. as a coach and you just present the information. “
The Mountaineers will hold their final home game of the 2021 season on Saturday against Texas. With the Seniors Day festivities taking place before kick-off, the question of whether to come back is a big question for many. Starting quarterback Jarret Doege is among those eligible to return, as are running back Leddie Brown and defensive lineman Dante Stills among others, but no one has got a hold of their future plans.
Each year, Senior Day is often the first window to see how next season’s roster shakes up. This year looks to be different, especially since the Mountaineers are still on the hunt for a bowl appearance.
“We give them the opportunity if they walk” Brown said. “I don’t really push them to make the final decisions whether they come back or not, just because I don’t think there’s any reason to stress them here with two weeks left.”
“Regarding the senior citizens’ day”, Brown added moments later, “I don’t think there is a rule against doing it twice. I wouldn’t give a lot of credit to who walks and who doesn’t.
With two games to go, West Virginia’s roster is shrinking.
Joining the injured list begins WILL linebacker Exree Loe, who left the game against Kansas State with a lower-body injury. He is the third starter that the Mountaineers will be without for the remainder of the year.
Plus, linebacker Lance Dixon and wide receiver Sean Ryan are questionable to play this weekend against Texas.
The only bright spot is quarterback Garrett Greene, who returned to training this week after being sidelined last week.