Continuing on with our 100 day countdown to WVU’s season opener against the Alabama Crimson Tide, we have reached day 3, the number once worn by WVU wide receiver, Stedman Bailey.
Originally from Miramar, FL, Bailey was a three-year member of the WVU football program, from 2010 to 2012. In 39 career appearances (34 starts) for West Virginia, Bailey recorded 210 receptions for 3,218 yards, and 41 touchdowns.
Bailey’s 41 career touchdown receptions is an all-time school record. He is also second on the school’s all-time list in career receptions and receiving yards behind teammate, Tavon Austin. Along with Austin, Bailey earned first team, all-Big XII honors following the school’s first season in their current conference. Bailey was a two time, all-Big East selection (2010 and 2011), and was an All-American selection his senior year. He appeared in a bowl game in each of his three seasons at the school, including the memorable 2012 Discover Orange Bowl.
As a freshman, Bailey appeared in all 13 games for the Mountaineers, recording 24 receptions for 317 yards and four touchdowns along the way. Bailey recorded his first career touchdown grab in a 31-17 home victory against Maryland in the third week of the 2010 campaign. He went on to be named to the freshman all-Big East team at seasons’ end as the West Virginia finished the year with a record of 9-4 overall, and earned a share of the league title. They ended the year with a 23-7 loss at the hands of the NC State Wolf Pack in the 2010 Champs Sports Bowl.
The following season saw the 5’10” 193 pound wide out play a major role in the team’s pass-happy offense under first-year head coach, Dana Holgerson. Bailey recorded 72 receptions for 1,279 yards, and 12 touchdown receptions to help the Mountaineers earn the school its first BCS bowl bid in four years.
That season, Bailey set two Mountaineer single-season receiving records for receiving yards, and consecutive 100+ receiving yard performances with five in a row. He also tied the school record for touchdown receptions in a season as he went on to earn a second-team, all-Big East honors at year’s end. West Virginia went on to finish the year with a record of 10-3 overall following an incredible 70-33 victory against the ACC champion Clemson Tigers in the 2012 Discover Orange Bowl. They were co-conference champions for a second consecutive year in the school’s final season in the Big East.
In Bailey’s junior season, he helped headline one of the most potent offenses in the country, which featured other future pros in the form of quarterback Geno Smith, and wide receiver Tavon Austin. The team entered the season as brand new members of the Big XII conference, with some of the highest expectations a WVU team has seen in quite some time. West Virginia was unable to live up to the hype as they finished the year with a disappointing 7-6 record following a 38-14 loss at the hands of rival Syracuse in the 2012 New Era Pinstripe bowl.
Bailey, on the other hand, had a career-year statistically as he recorded 114 receptions for 1,622 yards, and 25 touchdowns. In West Virginia’s 2012 Homecoming game against Baylor, Bailey set three different single game receiving records as he recorded 13 receptions for 303 yards, and five touchdowns. West Virginia went on to win their wild Big XII opener 70-63. At the end of the year, Bailey earned both first and second team All-American selections from various media outlets. He also earned a first team, all-Big XII selection that same year.
Stedman Bailey decided to forgo his senior year at West Virginia University to pursue a career in professional football a year early. Bailey went on to be selected in the third round of the 2013 NFL draft by the St. Louis Rams. He is joined in St. Louis by fellow WVU alum/wide receiver, Tavon Austin, who was taken in the first round of the draft that same year. Last year, Bailey appeared in all 16 games (2 starts) for the Rams where he recorded 17 receptions for 226 yards. He also had 33 rushing yards, and a rushing touchdown during his rookie season in the league.
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