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"He'll Represent WV Well for Years"

It had long been expected, and most fans understood, but Dana Holgorsen confirmed the assumptions - and fears - of West Virginia fans on Monday afternoon, announcing that junior wide receiver Stedman Bailey would be headed to the NFL.

Bailey had 2,780 yards and 35 touchdowns in his final two years.

"Stedman will be entering the (NFL) Draft," said head coach Dana Holgorsen. "He's gonna be treated as a senior going forth into the bowl game and he will play his last game as a Mountaineer up in New York."

While Bailey is only listed as a junior this season, academically he is finishing school and will be leaving Morgantown with the classmates he came in with.

"He came in with Geno (Smith) and he came in with Tavon (Austin). He was forced to redshirt that first year, which means he would have been a senior at this point anyway," said Holgorsen. "With Geno leaving and his relationship with Geno might have had something to do with (his decision)."

"If Geno would have redshirted his first year, maybe they would have come back for their senior year."

But after hauling in 178 catches for 2,780 yards and 35 touchdowns the past two seasons, the West Virginia head coach knew it was time for him to go.

"If you put two good years together at receiver and you're an underclassman, then you got a chance to do some good things at the next level," he said. ""I think it's time for him to go and I support him and I think he'll do well."

"He'll represent West Virginia well for years to come."

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