Freshman WR Ready to Make an Impact

Veteran receiver Brad Starks likes what he has seen so far from freshman wide out Ivan McCartney.

"He is going to make a good impact this year," Starks said of McCartney who was ranked in the Sporting News Top 35 recruits prior to signing with WVU.

"He’s been coming out there and playing, making plays, catching the ball and getting up field," Starks said.   "He is just doing all of the things that you would want him to do.   The things you would want any receiver to do."

Starks is one of the older guys hoping to help McCartney adjust to the Division-1 level.

"Speed really isn’t an issue for him," Starks pointed out.   "He has the speed.  It was just the issue of him trying to learn the plays and actually getting out there on the field and doing them."

Starks says there was one play McCartney made in particular during 7-on-7 workouts that made everyone take notice.

"It was like a 60-yard bomb that (WVU freshman quarterback Barry) Brunetti threw to him," Starks recalled.  "As soon as he caught it the safety was coming.  He stopped on a dime and juked him.  Then he juked someone else and he was in the end zone celebrating. 

"You can tell he is getting more comfortable each day."  

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