As of late, the NCAA has erupted with small, fast wide receivers that have begun a rise to the top of ever skill positions stat category. Former Oregon coach Chip Kelly in an interview with goducks.com, “I’d rather have a bullet than a bowling ball.” This is the idea teams have begun to adopt. The idea of a small, versatile, speed-driven skill player that electrifies and carries an offense has taken over college football.
Sophomore Andrew Buie is a 5’9, 187 lb. WR/RB from Jacksonville Florida that already made an impact in Morgantown during his freshman year with the Mountaineers. Buie played behind 1st-round draft pick Tavon Austin this past year and looks to step up and fill that role that is burdened with unbelievably high expectations. Last year alone, Buie had 851 yards rushing on 179 attempts, averaging 4.8 yards per carry with seven touchdowns. In addition to running the ball from the backfield for the navy and gold, #13 Buie also appears in the slot position as a receiver. In 2012, Buie had 28 receptions for 318 yards with an 11.4 average yards per catch. As if that were not enough, the Mountaineer faithful also got a look a Buie towards the end of 2012 returning kicks.
Up until now, Andrew Buie has been shadowed by West Virginia legends Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey. However, with both of these play makers gone, the Mountaineers will look to Buie to take over the load. Andrew is explosive at both receiver and running back, despite which position he is playing he will not only have a large impact on West Virginia, but the NCAA as a whole.