Depew polishes off roster for West Virginia OVAC All-Star team
Each coach has his own method of selecting the teams for the Rudy Mumley OVAC Charity All-Star Football Classic, which is scheduled for Sunday, July 27th at Wheeling Island Stadium.
For West Virginia’s B.J. Depew, he started with the secondary because he realizes how important theyll be against the Ohio offense.
“The secondary spots guided our process,” Depew said. “We figured we’re going to need five guys who can cover, on the field, at all times. So, we went lighter on the true linebackers and searched for guys who could cover and run.”
Along with the defensive backs, Depew also named his kicker, which will be Wheeling Park’s Liam Casey.
“West Virginia had three college-level kickers, so we watched them all on film and tried to find the one who could kick consistent touchbacks and long field goals. Plus, Liam is an athletic punter, so he’s strong in both areas.”
Here’s a capsule look at the players:
ALEX ANDERSON, Morgantown – This defensive back had a big season for Coach John Bowers’ team last fall.
The 5-11, 160 pounder posted 70 tackles, five pass breakups and five interceptions from his corner spot.
Anderson’s brilliant campaign didn’t go unnoticed. He was second-team all-state, first-team all-OVAC, second-team all-TRAC and Morgantown’s defensive MVP.
Alex, who is the son of John and Melody George and Chip and Kerri Anderson, plans on attending Fairmont State.
JACOB BRILL, Magnolia – This two-way standout shined at quarterback and defensive back for the Blue Eagles and then head coach Mark Batton.
The 5-8, 165 pounder triggered the Blue Eagles’ offense and was a talented cover man in the secondary.
Brill was honorable mention all-OVAC.
Away from football, Brill was active in Salvation Army and volunteered for Austism Week.
Jacob, who plans on attending West Virginia University, is the son of David and Lori Brill.
CHRISTOPHER BURNHAM, Oak Glen – This former Golden Bear had an impressive senior season for Coach Ian Whittington’s team.
The 5-11, 145 pounder played wide receiver and corner, but it was in the secondary where he made his biggest impact. He recorded 63 tackles. He was also an effective kick and punt returner.
Along with football, Burnham was active in track.
Christopher, who is the son of Michael and Jennifer Burnham, plans on attending the University of Charleston.
LIAM CASEY, Wheeling Park – This former Patriot was one of the area’s steadiest placekickers for Coach Chris Daugherty’s team.
The 5-10, 160 pounder scored 80 points last season and finished his career with 128 points.
He was recognized as second-team all-state, all-OVAC and his kicking stats were tops in the big-school division in the state.
Along with football, Casey was active in speech and theater, band, jazz band, orchestra where he played bass and Young Patriots Choir.
Liam, who plans on attending Wabash College in Indiana, is the son of Patrick Casey and Sandra Chapman.
BENTON NANNERS, Linsly – This former Cadets’ defensive back was a mainstay at corner for Depew’s squad.
The 5-10, 165 pounder, who was a team captain, was a two-year starter and had 89 career tackles. He also had an interception, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.
Away from football, Nanners was a member of the National Honor Society and earned the distinction of Linsly Perfect.
Benton, who plans on attending West Virginia University, is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Ken Nanners.
JARED YATES, Bishop Donahue – This former Bishop had a big season as a wide receiver for Coach John Durdines’ team.
The 6-0, 150 pounder caught 23 balls for 495 yards and five touchdowns. He had 45 tackles, including 31 solo stops, from his defensive back spot. He also had two fumble recoveries and five interceptions.
Jared, who plans on attending Bethany College, is the son of Nicki Yates.