MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - It might seem just a tad bit presumptuous, given his pass-catching history to date, but K.J. Myers has some pretty lofty goals.
A tad bit presumptuous?
In 2012, as a redshirt freshman, Myers caught two passes for 9 yards. He played the season behind Stedman Bailey, who caught a mere 112 more passes for 1,613 more yards.
Bailey is gone now, though, and Myers is ready to fill the void.
Make that audaciously ready.
"I want to break all his records,'' Myers said of Bailey's marks. "I tell him that.''
Myers tells Bailey that because the two still talk. In fact, they've talked pretty much since Myers arrived from Jacksonville's First Coast High School in the summer of 2011.
"He put up a lot of great records and I learned a lot from him. And it was great playing behind him,'' Myers said. "He's a great guy who taught me a lot and showed me a lot of things.''
Bailey didn't teach Myers simply by his actions, either. He would sit down with the 6-foot-2, 197-pounder and show him things on tape. It's hard to have a much better teacher than Bailey, who made a career of outwitting defensive backs as much as outplaying them.
For a short time it appeared that Myers' arrival as Bailey's heir apparent would come sooner than it did. In the first game of his redshirt freshman season last fall, Myers made the first catch of his career. It was a 3-yard reception for a touchdown. A week later, he caught a 6-yard pass against James Madison. Yes, they were both late in blowouts, but on a team with Bailey and Tavon Austin, it seemed as if Myers might be ready to begin ascending into the rotation.
It didn't happen. In the remaining 11 games Myers caught no more passes. He played mainly on special teams and didn't play at all in two games.