It’s been an underwhelming week for Mountaineer fans. Just a few days after a loss to Minnesota that was uglier than it looks, West Virginia has lost its third wide receiver to the transfer portal in 2021, and this one hurts a lot more than the previous two.
Winston Wright Jr., the Mountaineers leading receiver during the past two seasons, has officially entered his name into the transfer portal.
The junior pass-catcher announced his decision on Twitter Friday afternoon.
Wright recorded 63 receptions for 688 yards and five touchdowns in 2021, which paced the team in all categories. Bryce Ford-Wheaton and Sam James were second on the team with 42 receptions each.
This depature hurts for Neal Brown and company and points to internal issues within the program after another disappointing season in Morgantown.
In 2022, the Mountaineers will lean heavily on Ford-Wheaton, who announced his return two weeks ago, and junior Sam James if he decides to stay for another year. Quarterback play should be improved next season with Nicco Marchiol likely pushing for the starting job right away. However, this now looks like a complete offensive rebuild, after losing Leddie Brown and now Wright Jr.
West Virginia could still improve in 2022, but Neal Brown’s leash just got a little shorter.