With (literally) 20-plus players fighting for playing time, the wide receiver position at West Virginia has begun the process of naturally thinning itself out.
WVU head coach Dana Holgorsen confirmed Thursday that Connor Arlia and Will Johnson have decided to take their leave of the Mountaineers football program and will transfer to unknown locations. While it’s not often the case, it appears the split between the players and the university is very much an amicable one.
“They’re great kids who just want to play,” Holgorsen said according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “I will release them anywhere they want to go.”
Arlia is by far the most experienced of the two leaving, having caught seven passes for 43 yards in the nine games in which he played last season as a sophomore. Johnson took a redshirt in his only season in Morgantown.
“It was always a goal and a dream of mine to play at West Virginia,” Arlia, a native of Weirton, WV, said. “I did that, and I thank God every single day for it. It was just time for a change for me.”
The paper wrote that Arias “said he has been in contact with a handful of (unnamed) schools but has not determined where he will transfer or whether he will continue to play football.”
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