MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — It simply wouldn’t be preseason camp without a shock-the-world reference, so thanks to KJ Myers for delivering the perfunctory line Tuesday.

Then again, West Virginia’s receivers might actually do something shock-worthy if the starters put up numbers anywhere close to what Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey accomplished. It’s more likely that a two-deep committee of pass-catchers will emerge from the 17—yes, 17—receivers taking reps currently.

Myers, a third-year sophomore, caught a 3-yard touchdown against Marshall in the 2012 season opener before making his only other catch in Week 2 against James Madison. He’s a 6-foot-2, 200-pounder who said his personal goal this fall is “to make plays, catch everything thrown my way and win a championship.”

Blissfully aware WVU was picked eighth in the Big 12, Myers said there are “a lot of people sleeping on us and sleeping on our offense because we lost those big-name players.

“But every team loses players, and there’s players behind them that need to step up—which we’re going to do. We’re going to shock the world, we’re going to shock the nation, and I love the glory of it.”

Good job, KJ. Let the shocking begin …

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  • Helen5844

    How could Alabama shock the world. Only a world that lives on Mars could be shocked at Alabama's 2013 record. Just more of the same. However, when you have a season like last years you can shock the world with a better 2013. We will SHOCK. LETS GOOO
    MOUNTAINEERS

    • Bobby M

      Every time we shout SHOCK the world! we misvalue our stock! We are really saying - we wanna surprise you because we dont belong!

      I'm not buying it. I'd be more impressed if they said - we'll prove it ON THE Field!

  • big tom

    we beat w&m,ga state, kansas, maryland, and iowa state are a toss up, we lose the rest.
    so we could be 2-10 or 5-7, and possibly 6-6, miracles do happen , with a bowl win maybe 7-6 or 8-4 but 8-4 would be a total miracle,, i just think a 7-6 season would be very optimistic,,,,,, sorry, mayb e in 2015 we'll finally get enough depth to compete at a higher level

  • JeremyB

    No because Brady is too busy crying over Hernandez ' Gronkowski' and Wes Welker. Alabama doesn't have to talk about it because them winning isn't shocking. We have a solid team with nowhere to go but up. I'm thinking 8-4 this year, hopefully better. I think we can beat OU in Norman and hopefully Texas in Morgantown. Anyways I like the attitude. LETS GO!!!!

  • Bobby M

    Shock the world is the kiss of death. Sorry but thats the truth.

    Do you think Alabama or Brady and the Patriots are sitting around talking about how they'll 'schock the world???' NO WAY!

  • paul

    CLINT TRICKETT WILL START AND FLOURISH...WHO DOESN'T IN HOLGERSON'S OFFENSE...CHARLES SIMS WILL EXCEL...GREAT DEPTH AT WR AND RB...OFFENSE BETTER THAN EXPECTED...HATE TO SAY DEFENSE IS GOING TO LOSE SOME GAMES...7-5....PACK YOUR BAGS FOR NY AGAIN...

  • Sam

    There are going to be some really talented players who might not crack the depth chart this year. KJ is a 3d year guy, and he is a product of Dana's first recruiting class, although I think that he was recruited first by Bill Stewart.

    I would love to see not only WVU but KJ Myers shock the world.

  • paul

    Die hard WVU fan! I forcast we have too many holes to fill...Defense will have to be drastically better. ..we will improve, no doubt. However not enough. ...i see loses to okl state, Baylor, Texas and TCU. Texas Tech and Maryland and K State are toss ups...We will shock OKL in Norman! 6-6 possible 7-5.....Look out 2014.
    A SERIOUS RUN AT TITLE!

    • WVUGRAD1995

      8-4 at least! Too much steam for the rest of the Big12 to keep down. Sue me if I am wrong, but these guys are starting to look like they have heart!

  • big tom

    I love this attitude, too bad we don't have the talent to back it up,,,, but i like the attitude that's why i see us going 6-6, and a toss up on a bowl win...
    maybe year after next my friends,, replacing 8 starters of offense isn't going to be easy, and it'll take time... let's ease up on the pressure on this team and coaching staff and just let it play out.

  • ShinnstonGuy

    Agreed, it was time for one of these comments. It could very well happen. The entire nation--even Mountaineer Nation--is pessimistic at the moment, so there is no where to go but up!

  • Maxxajay

    I like what Myers said (shock )under the radar .. This is why I say 9-3 this year ... Between Texas, OU, OSU, TCU ...WVU is gong to upset one or more of these teams....

  • mntrbob

    I like the attitude.