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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Former Hampshire High standout kicker Evan Staley announced on Wednesday through social media that he plans to return to the West Virginia University football team in 2021.

Staley, in an online letter on Twitter says, “Mountaineer Nation, My senior season on the Mountaineer Football team came to an unfortunate and abrupt end due to injury sustained during play. The NCAA is allowing an extra year of eligibility and, after discussions with Coach (Neal) Brown and my family, I will return to play another year. I love this team, this state and look forward to the opportunity to play and represent this university and state once again! Let’s Go!!!”

Staley, a redshirt senior, had made 6 of 9 field goals with a long of 45 and was perfect on 19 extra point attempts before suffering a leg injury during the first half of the Kansas State game.

Staley was recently named to the 2020 Academic All-Big 12 Football First Team for the fourth consecutive year.

For his career, he has made 39 of 53 field goals in 40 games with a long of 49 coming during the 2018 season.

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