Elijah Wellman is a hard-nosed, no-nonsense fullback who will be utilized on many plays for the WVU football team this season.
Wellman has been a reliable force for the Mountaineers in the past four years he has been with the WVU football program. Wellman is a redshirt senior who has paid his dues, seen solid playing time, and will break out in his final year of college football.
Since 2014, his redshirt freshman season, Wellman has appeared in almost every WVU football game. He played in all 13 the past two years and made 12 appearances in 2012.
Wellman is built for the game of football. He stands 6-foot-2, and weighs in above 240 pounds. He is a bruiser of a fullback, even though his main priority is not to run the ball for the WVU football team.
He is on the team to mostly block for his partners in the backfield. He is an extra line of security with the team’s offensive line. Wellman knows his position well and he is confident with his abilities.
Having a leader like that is important to this young WVU football team. Wellman’s experience speaks for itself and other players need to get on board with his unselfish attitude.
"“The biggest part of this is being just one part of the team,” Wellman said in a Scout.com story. “I embrace my position on the team as a blocking fullback who catches a few balls every now and then. It’s something I’ve really enjoyed, and now, from not being a selfish player, I can enjoy when I get the block that lets my teammate score. It’s almost like my own touchdown.”"
That’s spoken from a guy who has paid his dues and has learned from experience. Last year, Wellman had 14 carries for 44 yards, with a long dash of 11 yards. So, for the most part, he won’t be touching the ball. But he has shown he can go the distance and provide that extra back up when needed to rush.
Wellman shows his versatility in the mere fact that he appeared in 693 plays last season. He shows up when called upon and is a key component as the offense moves down field.
Whether throwing the ball or running the ball, the WVU offense has high expectations this season. Wellman has high expectations of himself, too.