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West Virginia's Daikiel Shorts bumps to outside receiver

This spring, West Virginia faces the massive task of replacing the production of All-American wideout Kevin White, who figures to be a top-10 pick in the upcoming NFL draft.

To try and meet this challenge, the Mountaineers moved junior Daikiel Shorts from inside receiver to the outside last week.

“It’s going to be a while before we have established guys on the outside,” coach Dana Holgorsen told reporters before Saturday's open practice. “We’re just adding him to the equation to see if that’s an answer, and I think it will be.”

At 6-foot-1, 200 pounds, Shorts has the size to play on the outside. He also started his West Virginia career there before shifting to the inside two seasons ago to fill a need. This season, the need is on the outside, as Jordan Thompson and Wendell Smallwood are capable of shouldering a heavy load at inside receiver.

“We just wanted to put somebody else out there,” receivers coach Lonnie Galloway said. “It’s one of those things where there was no need for him to stay behind [Thompson]. He’s one of our best players. The move needed to happen.”

Shorts definitely looked like one of West Virginia's best players Saturday. He caught three touchdowns from his new spot.