WV Smash Prepare for 2019 Season

by Ryan Decker

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - The West Virginia Smash are getting set for their second season of pro development football in Morgantown.

"We're really excited. Part of the Gridiron Developmental Football League. The 'GDFL' for short. Last year was really just a test run, trying to bring minor professional football back to Morgantown. The whole reason I wanted to start the team was just so we could have the guys that wanted to go to the next level, they would have a place to really showcase their skills in order to get to the arena league or to get to college, whatever they wanted," said James Clark, team founder and co-owner.

Last year, Clark's club had 25 or fewer players on the roster for most of its games. But this year, it will have more than double that, including players that formerly played at Glenville State or for the Mountaineers.

One of those players is Alfred Dickey, who unfortunately never got the chance to play in a game for West Virginia University.

"Having an opportunity to play football again after me blowing my knee out, having that opportunity to do that, and having Chris and James put this organization together, give me another chance. Pretty much put it all out on the field and have that passion, pretty much to give them in return what they gave to me again," said Dickey, one of the Smash's key defensive backs.(Read More)