MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–Over the last few weeks, West Virginia has gotten an emergence in the offense thanks to the development at the tight end position.
On Saturday, Will Grier found Jovani Haskins and Trevon Wesco seven times. Prior to this season, WVU rarely used its tight ends.
However, head coach Dana Holgorsen and offensive coordinator Jake Spavital made it known all summer they planned on implementing the position into the offense more this season.
And that is exactly what is happening right now.
Both Wesco and Haskins have improved as the season has progressed but Wesco has really emerged as a threat in all aspects of the game.
“Him and JoVanni (Haskins) are both playing at a really high level,” Grier said after Saturday’s win over TCU. “We continue to grow that package and continue to trust them to do more in all aspects of the game and they continue to step up and make big plays. It will continue to grow. We love the way those guys play, the juice they bring.”
Against the Horned Frogs, the tight ends combined for seven catches, five of which came from the 6-foot-4, 274-pound redshirt senior. He finished the day with 86-yards and a touchdown.
It was one Wesco wouldn’t forget any time soon.
“It was a special feeling,” he said. “I’ve been waiting for that forever. I finally got one. It’s been two years but I’m glad I got one here finally. At the end of my career, I’m just glad I got one here at home.”
While the Musselman High School graduate is earning the praises of many, it was something his coaches had been doing all season.
“I’ve been saying it all year,” Holgorsen said. “He’s getting better every game. The blocking aspect of it is something we’ve seen all year. The more he plays and the more we scheme things up for him, the better he is.
The transformation of Wesco began at the end of last year and progressed through the spring and summer.
“We’ve seen it coming,” Spavital said. “I think in the Oklahoma game last year is when he flipped the switch. Last year versus TCU, he wasn’t the Wesco we saw today.”
The thing that makes the Martinsburg native so unique is his versatility. He can block, catch passes and anything else the Mountaineers ask of him.
“I just try to be a physical player and be the most aggressive player out there,” he said. “Hopefully people feed off me as I do that.”
Being physical is what tight ends/ fullbacks’ coach Dan Gerberry encourages the feisty senior to do.
“Coach Gerberry, he preaches to me every week, ‘don’t go down for nobody. Don’t get tackled.’ That’s what he tells our room so that’s what I try to do,” Wesco said.
At the end of the day, Wesco just wants to do whatever it takes to help WVU win.
“I do whatever they tell me to and I just try to do it to the best of my ability,’ he said.
Even though Wesco’s final year is his breakout year, it is something he will always cherish.
“This is my home state so this is a dream come true for me to go out there and make plays, flex a little bit I guess you can say,” he said. “I feed off of them, also, the fans, the crowd.”
Cover Photo Credit: Kelsie LeRose, BGS