W.Va. names offensive linemen
The West Virginia offensive line for the 67th annual Rudy Mumley OVAC All-Star Charity Football Classic won’t be “overly big”.
But, that’s okay, according to Mountain State and Madonna head coach Doug Taylor, who will guide the Mountaineers into battle on the Sunday, July 29th game.
“We’ve got some decently sized kids,” Taylor said. “We selected kids who had good feet and good size. We like to pull our guards and tackles, so the kids we selected, we feel fit well into our scheme.”
Here’s a capsule look at the players:
DANIEL BERRY, Morgantown – This former Mohigan will anchor the line at center like he did for Coach John Bowers’ squad last season.
The 6-2, 310 pounder earned nearly every post-season award imaginable as he led an offensive line that paved the way for an impressive offensive season at Morgantown.
Berry was a first-team all-state selection in Class AAA. He was a first-team all-OVAC and all-TRAC honoree.
Along with football, Berry’s been active in Rowdie Society and Chess Club.
Daniel, who plans on attending Shepherd University, is the son of Dan and Becky Berry of Morgantown.
ROBERT BROWNING, Brooke – This former Bruin was a standout along the offensive front, spliting time between guard and tackle, for Coach Tom Bruney’s squad.
The 6-2, 265 pounder was a team captain as a senior and earned three letters during his prep days.
Along with his football exploits, Browning received the West Virginia House of Delegates Legislative Citation and was the winner of the FBLA Scholarship, which he was a four-year member of and served as president during his senior year.
Robert, who is the son of Dave and Lori Browning, is planning on attending Community College of Baltimore County to study air traffic control.
NEIL DRENNAN, Linsly – This former Cadet was a standout on both lines for Coach B.J. Depew’s team last season.
The 5-11, 250 pounder was especially impressive at defensive tackle where he recorded 60 career tackles, five sacks and five fumble recoveries.
Drennan was an honorable mention all-OVAC pick.
Neil, who is the son of Julee Drennan of Gaithersburg, Md., plans on attending Bethany College.
BENTLEY KNIGHT, Magnolia – This former Blue Eagle was a mainstay at left tackle for Coach Mark Batton’s team.
The 6-3, 243 pounder graded out as 88 percent blocking for his career. He also saw time along the defensive front, making seven solo tackles, 39 assisted tackles, two for loss and a sack.
Knight was an honorable mention all-OVAC performer.
Along with football, Knight was a member of the Blue Eagles’ baseball team.
Bentley, who is the son of Bentley and Judy Knight of New Martinsville, is planning on attending West Virginia University.
DAVID STANLEY, Wheeling Central – This former Maroon Knight was a three-year mainstay on both lines for Coach Mike Young’s squad.
The 5-11, 190 pounder was a defensive end and an offensive tackle for a Central squad, which won the Class A State Championship last December.
Stanley was a co-captain of the squad and a three-year varsity letterman.
Along with football, he was a three-year letterman in lacrosse and earned second-team all-state.
David, who is the son of George and Susan Stanley, is planning to attend Wheeling Jesuit University.
ELI STEWART, Wheeling Park – This former Patriot was a three-year starter along the offensive front for Coach Chris Daugherty’s squad.
The 6-0, 240 pounder was a first-team all-state selection, all-OVAC and all-TRAC.
Along with football, Stewart was also a member of the Patriots’ track team.
Eli, who is the son of Greg and Jodi Stewart of Wheeling, is planning on attending West Virginia University.