Young selects top tacklers for W.Va. squad
West Virginia began formulating its defensive unit as head coach Mike Young has named members of his defensive front for the annual Rudy Mumley OVAC All-Star Charity Football Classic, which is set for Sunday, July 28th at Wheeling Island Stadium.
Young and his staff are excited about their defensive linemen and plan on going “linebacker by committee” once they get the players into camp, which opens Sunday at Bethany College.
“I think we’ll be stable and quick off the ball,” Young said. “Our guys have the ability to plug up some holes. We’ve got kids who can get after it, especially at linebacker. Most of the kids we picked were the leading tacklers for their teams and that’s what you want.”
Here’s a capsule look at the players:
JEREMIAH FROMHART, John Marshall – This former Monarch was a standout on both sides of the ball for Coach Rick Goodrich’s squad.
The 5-10, 185 pounder was a quarterback and defensive back. He passed for 1,070 yards and six touchdowns. He ran for five touchdowns.
On the defensive side of the ball, Fromhart had 36 solo tackles, four assisted stops and an interception.
Fromhart is also a standout in the classroom and is a member of the National Honor Society.
Jeremiah, who is the son of James and Denise Fromhart, is planning on attending West Virginia University.
JON LEWIS, University – This former Hawk was a defensive mainstay for Coach John Kelly’s team.
The 6-3, 245 pounder was a three-year starter at defensive end.
For his efforts, he earned all-state accoloades last season.
Jon, who is the son of Junnus and Rebecca Lewis.
MARKIETH O’NEAL, Wheeling Park – This defensive mainstay was a solid option at end for Coach Chris Daugherty’s team.
The 5-11, 156 pounder averaged two sacks per game. He set the Patriots’ single-game record for sacks.
Along with football, O’Neal is active in Relay for Life in Ohio County.
Markieth, who is the son of Shwanna Johnson and Atward O’Neal, plans on attending West Virginia State.
ANDREW WHEELER, Wheeling Park – This defensive ace shined at linebacker for Daugherty’s team last season.
The 5-8, 190 pounder recorded 105 tackles, five sacks and picked off three passes.
For his efforts, Wheeler was named first-team all-OVAC, all-Valley honorable mention.
Away from sports, Wheeler is a standout in the classroom. He’s a member of the National Honor Society.
Andrew, who is the son of Jack and Karen Wheeler, plans on attending West Virginia University.