Travares Copeland was a three-star wide receiver out of Florida when he was recruited to the West Virginia Mountaineers. He lasted just part of a season, however, before leaving the program and ended up landing with the NC State Wolfpack. Dave Doeren won’t have to wait long to add the talents of Copeland to the receiving corps as the NCAA has declared him eligible for the 2013 season.
Copeland played in just six games for West Virginia as a freshman in 2012, making 10 catches for 55 yards. After WVU’s November game against the TCU Horned Frogs, Copeland’s most productive yet with six catches for 40 yards, the young Florida native announced his intention to leave the program, citing only “personal reasons.” Once he settled on the Wolfpack, he went about applying for a waiver from the NCAA to get out of sitting out a year as most transfers do.
With that waiver approved, Copeland can get added to the depth chart immediately. There will be an opportunity to earn a role with the team as they look to replace Tobais Palmer who finished his career with NC State in 2012 with a team-high 54 receptions for 781 yards and six touchdowns. His graduation will leave a void of leadership and production in the receiving corps that opens up the opportunity for Copeland.
If he is able to come into fall camp and grasp the offense in a hurry, he could find playing time in the slot and rotating in regularly to utilize his athletic abilities. Having Copeland available immediately will be an excellent boost to the NC State depth at receiver and give them some added options for whoever ends up under center in 2013.