No, I'm not talking about Chad Ochocinco, who would be changed, for better or for worse, by playing soccer with an MLS team for the summer. No, I'm talking about Chad Ochocinco's younger cousin (who isn't really an Ochocinco at all), Ivan McCartney, who is dawning the uniform of a West Virginia Mountaineer this college football season and will face off against the University of Cincinnati Bearcats.
Wist Virginia now has a new offensive coordinator, Dana Holgorsen, who came from Oklahoma State where his Cowboys led the nation in scoring in 2010. Holgersen plans to use McCartney a little more than he was used in last year's WVU system.
The true sophomore came to West Virginia as one of the top players in the state of Florida, hoping to make an immediate impact in the Mountaineer offense. Unfortunately for McCartney, that wasn’t the case. McCartney saw limited playing time and had only one catch on the season. He is hoping that will change this fall.
"He’s done well," said Holgorsen. "He’s got a long ways to go, [but he’s playing] better than last year from what I hear."
According to Holgorsen, McCartney is now atop the spring depth chart at the x receiver spot, a product of a lot of hard work on McCartey's part, and probably a little help from a new coaching staff.
"With the new coaching staff coming in, everything seems a lot easier; the way the plays are being called, the way we run our [routes] and adjusting from last year," explained McCartney.
"I didn’t get a lot of playing time last year, but I still went hard in practice and practiced on the things that will help me out in the long run."
It'll be interesting to see exactly how much McCartney has learned from his older cousin. Maybe if he scores a touchdown against the Bearcats in Nippert Stadium, he'll do a flashy dance -- maybe the river dance or maybe he'll pass out presents from a giant red sack or maybe he'll propose to a cheerleader.