Former 4-star wide receiver returns to West Virginia
[dropcap]W[/dropcap]ide receiver Ivan McCartney, who left West Virginia in November, is back on campus and will return to the team for his final season of eligibility.
“Second chances are few and far between,” Holgorsen told the Charleston Daily Mail. “This kid’s got an opportunity to right the ship. Maybe he makes the best of it. Maybe he doesn’t.”
McCartney (6-2, 185) was a 4-star recruit selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Game and the nation’s No. 5 wide receiver by Rivals.com out of Miramar (Fla.) High School in 2010.
After playing in in 12 games as a freshman in 2012 with just one catch, McCartney appeared to be on his way to living up to his high profile billing, catching 49 passes for 585 yards and three touchdowns as a sophomore.
But his production, which had dipped over the second half of the season, fell off the map the following year.
McCartney played in eight games as a junior last season, catching just nine passes for 112 yards.
He started in place of the injured Stedman Bailey against TCU, but quit the team before the Nov. 10 game at Oklahoma State.
McCartney should be a welcome addition to a Mountaineers receiving corps short on experience. Bailey and Tavon Austin, both gone to the NFL, accounted for 2,911 receiving yards and 37 touchdowns last season, and the team’s third-leading receiver, D.J. Woods, was a senior.
WVU’s leading returning receiver is sophomore Jordan Thompson, who caught 13 passes for 85 yards last season. The Mountaineers inked six receivers in the 2013 recruiting class.
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