The Best West Virginia Football Players of All Time

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The Mountaineers of West Virginia are one of those teams that just seems to stick around. There's always there, and they're never going down without a fight. The program has racked up 15 conference championships, as well as having the most victories of any NCAA FBS program to never win a national title. The Mountaineers have also produced 11 consensus All-Americans. Though no Mountaineer has ever won the Heisman Trophy, there have been six candidates over the years (most notably Major Harris).

They may not be a college football powerhouse, but the program's ability to consistently bring it year after year without the recruiting prowess enjoyed by schools like USC, Ohio State, or Florida for example, speaks volumes.

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  • Pat White
    744 votes
    • Birthplace: Daphne, Alabama
    • Age: 37
    • Teams: Miami Dolphins, Washington Redskins

    Pat White remains a fan favorite and a legend in West Virginia football history, with his remarkable dual-threat capabilities as a quarterback. White's lightning-fast speed and elusive athleticism allowed him to shatter numerous records and revolutionize the Mountaineer offense in ways never seen before. Beyond his unparalleled on-the-field accomplishments, Pat White will forever be cherished by Mountaineer fans for leading the team to four bowl victories and countless memories.

  • Tavon Austin

    Tavon Austin

    Wide receiver
    676 votes
    • Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland
    • Age: 32
    • Teams: Buffalo Bills

    When reflecting on electrifying playmakers in West Virginia history, Tavon Austin stands out as a game-changer with unparalleled quickness and agility that left defenders scratching their heads. Austin dazzled the college football world with his versatility, excelling as a wide receiver, running back, and return specialist. His jaw-dropping performances and relentless work ethic exemplify the spirit of Mountaineer football and have solidified his place among the all-time greats.

  • Major Harris

    Major Harris

    559 votes
    • Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    • Age: 55
    • Teams: Cleveland Thunderbolts, Charleston Swamp Foxes, BC Lions, Washington Marauders

    Major Harris is widely recognized as one of the most talented quarterbacks to ever suit up in Morgantown, and his impact on the program is still felt today. Harris' elusive running style and powerful throwing arm led to plenty of thrilling moments on the field, as he became the first player in college football history to surpass 7,000 passing yards and 2,000 rushing yards. His magical run in the 1988 season propelled the Mountaineers to an undefeated regular season, securing his legendary status.

  • Steve Slaton
    Running back
    471 votes
    • Birthplace: Levittown, Pennsylvania
    • Age: 37
    • Teams: Houston Texans, Miami Dolphins

    Explosiveness and versatility are synonymous with Steve Slaton's time at West Virginia, as his dynamic running back skills left opposing defenses in the dust. Slaton's breakaway speed and uncanny ability to find the end zone secured his place in Mountaineer lore, as he became an integral part of one of the most potent offensive attacks in college football history. As a key figure in West Virginia's golden era of football, Steve Slaton continues to be a symbol of triumph for the Mountaineer faithful.

  • Sam Huff
    428 votes
    • Birthplace: Farmington, West Virginia
    • Age: 88
    • Teams: Washington Redskins, New York Giants

    Sam Huff is often regarded as one of the toughest and most tenacious linebackers to ever play at West Virginia, with his legendary performances in the 1950s earning him nationwide acclaim. Huff's relentless pursuit of the ball and fierce competitive spirit epitomize the Mountaineer mindset, while his subsequent professional success further solidified his status as an all-time great. His contributions to the program continue to inspire future generations of standout West Virginia defenders.

  • Darryl Talley
    341 votes
    • Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio
    • Age: 63
    • Teams: Buffalo Bills, Atlanta Falcons, Minnesota Vikings

    A ferocious linebacker with an unmatched intensity, Darryl Talley cemented his legacy as a heart and soul player for West Virginia University. Known for his relentless pursuit of ball carriers and fearless tackling ability, Talley was the embodiment of Mountaineer toughness. As a leader both on and off the field, Darryl Talley laid the foundation for future generations of blue-collar linebackers in Morgantown.