By Mike Montoro for MSNsportsNET.com
August 30, 2009
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – During a team meeting this evening, West Virginia football coach Bill Stewart awarded scholarships to four walk-on football players because of their hard work, dedication and persistence.
Sophomore fullback Ricky Kovatch, redshirt senior tight end Scott Loving, redshirt senior running back Michael Poitier and redshirt sophomore defensive lineman Josh Taylor each were awarded scholarships by Stewart.
"It’s a great day for the Mountaineer football program when we can award scholarships to walk-ons," Stewart said. "When walk-ons arrive here at WVU, it is difficult to measure their heart and the other intangibles. It's outstanding to see these players, who come here knowing they have to pay their way through school, and in turn, pay the price, sacrifice and persevere to achieve their goals.
"I am proud of these four football players. Through their academic success, their hard work and dedication and performance on the field, they have represented the Old Gold and Blue in a class manner. It was great to see when the announcement was made how the whole team gave them a thunderous applause. These players are highly respected by their teammates."
As a true freshman last year, Kovatch played in 12 games, working his way up the depth chart, earning time on the field right away. This season, he is currently listed as the back-up at the fullback position. Loving and Poitier both have added depth on offense, while Taylor worked his way into a back-up role at nose tackle this season.
As a token of their achievement, each player was presented a football signed by the coaching staff and this year’s seniors.