West Virginia wide receiver Bryce Ford-Wheaton has played his final game in a Mountaineer uniform as the senior pass catcher from Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina, has declared for the 2023 NFL Draft.
Ford-Wheaton spent five years in Morgantown, and played in 46 games for West Virginia, amassing 143 receptions for 1,867 yards and 15 touchdowns in that time. The talented wideout redshirted in 2018 and had his COVID year of eligibility remaining, but elected to opt out of that year in order to go pro.
Ford-Wheaton led West Virginia in receptions (62) and receiving touchdowns (7) this season and his 675 receiving yards trailed only Sam James for the team lead. Ford-Wheaton caught at least two passes in all 12 games this season and posted season-highs in receptions (11) and receiving yards (152) in the Big 12 opener vs. Kansas.
“I came to WVU in 2018 eager to continue the family tradition of suiting up for the old Gold and Blue,” Ford-Wheaton wrote. “I was aware that I had big shoes to fill, but of course, I was up for the challenge.
“Through my years at WVU, I’ve crossed paths with many different coaches who have taught me valuable lessons on the field and off that have developed me into a better player and more importantly, a better person…
“With this being said, I have decided to forgo my last season of eligibility and declare for the 2023 NFL Draft.”
The West Virginia star wideout has received an invite to participate in the East-West Shrine Bowl and will be joined by fellow Mountaineer Dante Stills at the event.