Ivan McCartney

WVU makes 21 (!) changes on two-deep depth chart

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A third starting quarterback — the first time that’s happened since 1985 — isn’t the only change West Virginia is making ahead of its Big 12 game against Oklahoma State.

Looking to shake up the malaise of a worse-than-it-looks 2-2 start to the 2013 season, Mountaineers head coach Dana Holgorsen listed an astounding 21 changes on his two-deep depth chart released Saturday morning.

In addition to Clint Trickett starting at quarterback in place of the injured Ford Childress, Ivan McCartney will start at wide receiver in place of Kevin White.  In last Saturday’s embarrassing 37-0 loss to Maryland, West Virginia completed just one pass to a wide receiver.  White is currently tied for third among WVU receivers with nine catches, while McCartney is third in receiving yards with 107 through four games.

Starting left tackle Quinton Spain has been shifted over to left guard, with Nick Kindler taking his starting spot protecting Trickett’s blind side.  On the other side of the line, Dontrill Hyman will start at defensive end ahead of Kyle Rose.

Mitch Vingle of the Charleston Gazette also wrote on Twitter that “Doug Rigg to start at Sam, while Jared Barber moves to Will. Nick Kwiatkoski on dress list, but not starting.”

Kwiatkowski is WVU’s leading tackler with 29, and has totaled 2.5 tackles for loss, one sack and one forced fumble.

Most of the other changes to the depth chart involve backups.  The Charleston Daily Mail‘s Mike Casazza has the definitive breakdown of all the changes HERE.

Whether or not Holgorsen’s shakeup leads to improvement remains to be seen, but it’s quite clear the head coach is sending a message to his players –and the WVU fan base — that the status quo is simply not acceptable.

UPDATED 11:48 a.m. ET: Kwiatkowski is not playing because of a hamstring injury.

Tuesday morning offseason one-liners

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Some links from around college football on a Tuesday… 

George Schroeder of the USA Today does it again with an insightful look into Alabama’s program, and how Nick Saban teaches his players the power of consequences.

— The South Florida Sun-Sentinel takes a look at Drew Tieman, the man mentioned in the latest Johnny Manziel story.

— NCAA guru John Infante says Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin is not under the microscope for Manziel’s alleged actions.

— The Aggies will honor their teammate Polo Manukainiu, who passed away in a car accident last week, this Saturday.

— Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports has a solid, reasoned take on the amateurism debate.

— Forde also gives his most intriguing games of 2013. If you can believe it, the No. 1 game just got even more interesting.

— Notre Dame will sport some new threads for this year’s Shamrock Series against Arizona State. Thoughts?

— The Syracuse Post-Standard has a stunning story about an esophageal disorder that nearly ended the career for Julian Whigham.

Ivan McCartney was supposed to be the next great wide receiver for West Virginia. Now, he’s just working on a second chance with the Mountaineers.

— Iowa has lost a wide receiver and offensive lineman heading into fall camp.

Four-star receiver returning to Mountaineers

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In early November of last year, Ivan McCartney was the second West Virginia wide receiver in a span of four days to leave the football program.

A half a year later, the wayward receiving son has returned home.

Dana Holgorsen confirmed to the Charleston Daily Mail that McCartney is back with the team and will be given the opportunity to make amends for whatever led to his initial departure.  The head coach, though, doesn’t exactly sound optimistic that the return will stick.

“Second chances are few and far between,” the said coach told the Daily Mail. “This kid’s got an opportunity to right the ship. Maybe he makes the best of it. Maybe he doesn’t.”

Holgorsen added that McCartney, a high school teammate of Geno Smith, has been back home in Florida, and that individuals from his high school had reached out to him about a possible return.

A four-star member of WVU’s 2010 recruiting class and a U.S. Army All-American, McCartney was rated as the No. 5 receiver in the country and the No. 5 player at any position in the talent-rich state of Florida.  The 6-2, 183-pound receiver played in 33 games during his first stint in Morgantown, totaling 59 receptions for 701 yards and three touchdowns.