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WVU wide receiver Bryce Ford-Wheaton near top of national leaderboards with hot start

MORGANTOWN — A costly mistake at the end of the Pitt game did not seem to affect WVU wide receiver Bryce Ford-Wheaton in the slightest.

In last Saturday’s 55-42 loss against Kansas, Ford-Wheaton’s production continues to be a bright spot for the Mountaineers, hauling in 11 catches for 152 yards and two touchdowns against the Jayhawks.

He also caught a critical 2-point conversion near the end of regulation to force overtime.

This was a follow-up to the game against the Panthers in Week 1, where he had 97 yards and two touchdowns on nine grabs.

But his drop that led to a game-winning pick-6 for Pitt is what most remember from the season-opener.

“Things happen,” Ford-Wheaton said. “We’re all human. We all make mistakes.”

A short memory is what Ford-Wheaton needed and he proved it against Kansas, especially in the first half, catching two touchdowns.

Consistency was something Ford-Wheaton and his coaches admitted was an issue though his career. Now in his fifth year, he’s already surpassed his total from a year ago. He’s halfway to his reception total from 2021, as well.

Though two games, Ford-Wheaton is 8th nationally in receiving yards (249), tied for second in touchdown catches (4) and tied for second in receptions (20).

Even his 2-point conversion catch was proof something special may be brewing for Ford-Wheaton. With little happening for quarterback JT Daniels, it was a heads up play by both to get Ford-Wheaton the ball.

“Originally, it wasn’t there,” Ford-Wheaton said. “They dropped a defensive back, but when I looked back at JT, he still had the ball and was looking my way. I scrambled out, sat there and he threw a strike.” 

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