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Position Change: WVU Includes a New Running Back

When C.J. Donaldson signed with West Virginia, the coaching staff knew these were obtaining a talented player. What these were unsure of is where exactly he’d line up. That they had in mind he will be at tight end but his versatility opens up several choices for the coaching staff. For the present time, Donaldson will spend nearly all his time at running back.

“Whenever we recruited him, we told him he was a hybrid. He’ll do everything,” WVU running backs coach Chad Scott said. “But he did a whole lot in senior high school with the ball in his hands. Wasn’t sure necessarily how he’d react to it, but he was very available to it. He said, ‘Coach, I’m only a ballplayer, just put the ball in my own hands’. It has been spectacular to observe how he’s found on things. He’s done a phenomenal job beyond your game, studying the offense. He’ll say ‘Coach, just quiz me, just test me’ and we’ve thrown him in to the fire and he was not nervous at all. These last two days he’s got plenty of reps and he’s needs to come around.

“At this time, we don’t desire to overload him and teach him everything, but he’d be considered a kid that we’d want to play at running back and hybrid, have the ability to flex out wide. Kids like this are difficult to find and we got one in him. He’s game ready at this time, physically.”

Donaldson will compete for an area in the running back rotation with Tony Mathis Jr., Justin Johnson Jr., and Jaylen Anderson.

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