MORGANTOWN - The newcomers to West Virginia's football program have begun to trickle in and among those are a couple of surprise additions.
Devon Brown, a slot receiver from Wake Forest, and Steve Paskorz, a linebacker from Notre Dame, are among seven new players who have arrived and are working out. Both are fifth-year seniors who transferred from their previous schools under NCAA rules that permit graduate students to transfer if they do so for a post-graduate program that is not offered at their former schools.
Both have one year of eligibility remaining and can play this fall.
Brown is a 5-9, 185-pounder who led Wake Forest in receptions each of the past two years, catching 61 passes as a sophomore and 39 as a junior. As a sophomore he was second in the ACC in receptions per game at 5.1, but during his career was primarily a possession receiver, averaging around 10 yards per catch. He is originally from Ashburn, Va.
Brown can also run the ball, having rushed for 150 yards as a sophomore and 134 yards and two touchdowns as a junior, including an 85-yard touchdown in a game against Presbyterian. He was also the Demon Deacons' primary punt returner, averaging 11.7 yards on seven returns, and ran back 11 kickoffs.
Paskorz, who is from Allison Park, Pa., is a 6-1, 246-pounder who played both fullback and linebacker at Notre Dame. He played in 10 games as a redshirt freshman and just two as a sophomore as a fullback, but then after being switched to linebacker had to sit out last season after tearing the ACL in his knee.
Among the other newcomers who have already arrived to begin workouts are four of the team's freshmen - wide receiver Dante Campbell, running back Dustin Garrison and offensive tackles Russell Haughton-James and Marquis Lucas.
The seventh newcomer is junior college transfer safety Matt Moro, a 6-1, 180-pounder who is from the Miami area but played at two junior colleges, including El Camino Community College last season. He has two years of eligibility and a redshirt year if needed.
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com.