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McKivitz earns Walter Camp All-American accolade

MORGANTOWN — Almost two weeks removed from playing his final game in a West Virginia University uniform, Colton McKivitz had a pretty good idea he wasn’t in any kind of trouble when he saw Neal Brown’s name pop up on his phone Thursday evening.

“I had no idea what he could have wanted,” McKivitz said. “I thought I might have had to fill out some paperwork or he wanted me to come in to see someone on the team or something.”

Brown actually had some really good news to share with his prized left tackle.

McKivtz — a Union Local High School graduate — was informed that he had accomplished yet another goal by being named a Walter Camp All-American as part of the second team.

“I was surprised,” McKivitz said upon hearing what Brown had to say. “Awards are never expected, but I thought I could earn a spot on the Big 12 team and then that was made even more special by the co-lineman of the year award, but to be All-American is just crazy, really.”

McKivitz didn’t tell many people outside of the Mountaineers football building and those close in his personal circle, but he did have All-American on his goal list prior to the season.

“I had mentioned to the coaches in the pre-season that it was a goal,” McKivitz confirmed. “It was just one of those huge goals you set. I was fortunate to play well enough to get it. I guess it’s like checking one more goal off the list.”

According to a press release from WVU, McKivitz finished the season with zero missed assignments in six games and registered a team-leading 13 great blocks and 34 knockdowns. Against Iowa State, he tallied eight knockdown blocks, did not allow a sack, a negative play or have a missed assignment.

McKivitz becomes the 24th Mountaineer to be named to Walter Camp’s All-America team. He also became WVU’s 41st All-America selection since 2002. The program now has 106 All-Americans overall.

The formal presentation of the accolade will occur at the organization’s 53rd annual banquet, which will be held on Jan. 18 at the Yale University Commons in New Haven, Conn.

McKivitz will be forever recognized on the wall inside the football facility in Morgantown for all three of his individual honors earned this season.

Shortly after receiving the news and wrapping his own head around it, McKivitz texted his parents — Matt and Wendy — with the news.

“This (football) journey has been something my family will never forget,” McKivitz said. “I’ve been blessed far more than one person should be. From what I’ve already experienced to what lies ahead this winter and spring it’s just crazy. I never planned to get this far, but (since it’s happened), why not make a future out of it?”

McKivitz is wrapping up workouts in Morgantown today. He will fly to Arizona either Sunday or Monday where he will begin amping up his workouts with his sights set on April’s NFL Draft.

Outside of a brief return to the Ohio Valley to spend Christmas at home with his family in Centerville, McKivitz will be in Chandler, Arizona, a Phoenix suburb, until he reports to Mobile, Ala. for the Reeses Senior Bowl, which is scheduled for Jan. 26.

Once that’s completed, he will return to Arizona and continue his training until the NFL Draft Combine in Indianapolis. He will also take part in WVU’s Pro Day.

“It’s a life-changing journey,” McKivitz said. “The love of the game is still there and will never go away, but there’s no safety net of a scholarship anymore. You either make a good impression (to NFL teams) or it’s time to get a real job. It’s a business.”

McKivitz has formally signed with agent.

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