Young announces West Virginia’s wide receivers
WHEELING – The West Virginia coaching staff thinks it’ll have a chance to be balanced and versatile during the annual Rudy Mumley OVAC All-Star Charity Football Classic on July 28 at Wheeling Island Stadium.
With the quarterbacks already in place, head coach Mike Young announced options at wide receiver.
“We think we’ll be quick and athletic with guys who can go get the ball,” Young said.
“We’ve got a few guys who are big-play kind of guys and we’re hoping to be able to get them the ball where they can make some plays.”
Here’s a capsule look at the players:
DEION CUNNINGHAM, University – This former Hawk was a standout on both sides of the ball for coach John Kelley’s team.
The 6-foot, 168-pounder lined up at wide receiver and safety for University.
The son of Willie Cunningham and Peggy Jones plans to attend Glenville State.
TIM KOCHER, University – Another former Hawk was a versatile offensive performer for Kelly’s squad.
The 5-10, 180-pounder lined up at running back and wide receiver. He earned first-team all-Two Rivers Athletic Conference.
The son of Tom and VIcki Kocher plans to attend West Virginia University.
EVAN MAGERS, John Marshall – This Monarch product was one of the go-to guys in the passing offense of head coach Rick Goodrich.
The 6-1, 165-pounder caught 33 balls for 538 yards and four touchdowns. He also had 455 yards and a touchdown on kickoff returns. Defensively, he was in on 53 tackles, picked off four passes and recovered two fumbles.
Magers was also a standout in the classroom where he was a member of the National Honor Society and Letterman’s Club.
The son of Gary and Dianne Magers plans to attend West Virginia University to study athletic training.
MICHAEL PLEVA, Wheeling Central – This former Maroon Knights was a two-way standout for Young’s team last season.
On the offensive side, the 6-3, 180-pounder caught 17 passes for 424 yards and five touchdowns. On the defensive side, Pleva had 121 tackles and picked off eight passes.
Pleva was recognized as all-OVAC and honorable mention all-state. Academically, Pleva is a member of the National Honor Society.
Outside of athletics, Pleva was active in Peer Ministry, Miracle League and volunteers at the 18th Street Center.
The son of Tom and Barb Pleva plans to attend West Virginia University.
STEPHEN ROGALSKI, Magnolia – This former Blue Eagle etched his name into school history this past season for coach Mark Batton’s team.
The 6-foot, 180-pounder finished his prep career with more than 150 catches, 3,200 yards and 31 receiving touchdowns.
He was recognized three times as first-team all-state and captained the squad as a senior. He was also all-OVAC.
Rogalski also shined on the track as one of the top sprinters in the Ohio Valley. He was a state champion at 400 meters. He also lettered in basketball.
The son of Steve and Eva Rogalski plans to attend West Virginia Wesleyan to play football and run track.
BLAINE STEWART, Morgantown – This former Mohigan was a go-to guy for coach John Bowers’ team the last two seasons.
Stewart caught 41 passes for 615 yards and six touchdowns as a senior. He also scored on a punt return and by virtue of an interception. As a junior, he had 24 catches, 305 yards and three touchdowns.
For his efforts, Stewart was named first-team all-TRAC and all-OVAC Honorable Mention.
Along with football, Stewart lettered in baseball and track. He was also a member of the National Honor Society and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
The son of the late Bill Stewart and Karen Stewart plans to attend James Madison University.