The West Virginia football team has gotten a little lighter heading into spring practice. Head Coach Dana Holgorsen confirmed that five players, QB Paul Millard, RB Andrew Buie, RB Dustin Garrison, CB Keishawn Richardson, and FB Garrett Hope, have left the program.
“I didn’t force any of these guys out,” Holgorsen said. “These guys made decisions that they want to move on with what their future holds.”
Paul Millard’s departure comes just as the QB race is getting underway in Morgantown.
“Paul Millard came in and told me that his career here at West Virginia is over,” Holgorsen announced on Monday. “Whether he moves on to go play football or not is something he’s unsure of.”
Millard saw some playing time in 2013 when Clint Trickett was sidelined due to injury. Last season however, Millard redshirted in hopes to return as a fifth year senior. He’s the most experienced QB on the roster, but wasn’t expected to see much playing time this season. Skyler Howard and William Crest saw the field some last season and are the favorites to take the snaps under center for 2015.
Redshirt seniors Andrew Buie and Dustin Garrison have also parted ways with the team. Buie was the Mountaineers’ leading rusher in 2012 with 179 carriers and 851 yards, but later missed the 2013 fall semester after going back home to Jacksonville, FL.
“Andrew Buie is not on the team,” Holgorsen said. “I see him all the time working academically in the back. He’s on schedule to get his degree this summer. He hasn’t told me what he’s doing at this point in time.”
The two’s departure leaves the running back cupboard a little bare for WVU, and running backs coach JaJuan Seider acknowledges it’s now a concern.
“We’ll make it work,” said Seider. “You’ve got four guys there, so you just knock on wood that everybody stays healthy.”
Also a redshirt senior, Keishawn Richardson has decided to leave the team as well. Holgorsen didn’t have any details regarding Richardson’s future, but he’s expected to graduate this summer.
Garrett Hope will still be playing for the Mountaineers, it will just be in a different uniform. The former tight end has decided to focus his athletic career on baseball.
It’s never great to lose five players. It’s that time of year where attrition rears its ugly head though, and if it has to happen, it’s good that’s at the start of spring practice.
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