MORGANTOWN-Wide receiver Stedman Bailey enjoyed an outstanding season for West Virginia in 2011.
But the 5-foot-10, 198-pound Redshirt junior from Miami, Fla., hopes to have an even better year for the team's benefit.
"It's nice to be recognized," Bailey readily admitted. He was told that he had been ranked No. 9 on a list of 25 Heisman Trophy candidates in the Big 12 Conference.
"I didn't know that," he said. "But, again, it's nice to be recognized."
As for the negatives, such the Big East coaches' snub last year, Bailey said he'll use that as extra incentive. The coaches named him to the All-Big East second team while he was listed on the first team of two other lists.
Bailey caught 72 passes for 1,279 yards, the later a WVU single-season record (98.4 yards per game.) He ranked 13th in the NCAA receiving yards totals and No. 1 in the Big East.
He also tied for 52nd in the NCAA and No.4 in the Big East in receptions (5.5 per game).
In addition, Bailey ranked third in the league in touchdown scoring (5.5 per game). He set a school record for consecutive 100 yard receiving games (five).
He led the team in receiving touchdowns with 12. That averages one save on every six receptions.
All in all, 2011 was simply a breakout season for Bailey, who had previously played with WVU quarterback Geno Smith at Miramar High School.
Four his two year as a Mountaineer, he has played in 26 games, caught 96 passes for 1,951 yards and tallied 16 touchdowns.
"We've been putting in a lot of hard work this summer," Bailey said before heading for a visit with family and friends in Miami, Fla. "Now we're ready for camp.
"You always would like to show improvement every season. And I hope to be better this fall.
"But we do have a lot of depth, so we can rotate a lot of guys who are wide receivers."
Bailey noted that the Mountaineers did quite a bit of 7-on-7 work in strength and condition drills during the hot summer.
"Geno threw the ball a lot and we caught the ball a lot," he said. "Geno is as sharp as ever."
Fall camp opens on Thursday. The squad will have 19 practices over 15 days.