Brier Elswick will tell you he is a West Virginia boy, homegrown and proud, and has the shoulder tattoo to prove it. After graduating from Cabell Midland High School, the six-foot, five-inch, 340-pound offensive lineman joined the West Virginia State University football team and will be ready for the first game of the 2018 season when the Yellow Jackets face University of Charleston.
Elswick wears the number 75, and it is of sentimental value to him.
“I’ve been playing football since I was seven,” Elswick said. “75 has been my number through and through. Even before me, it was my dad’s number.”
Playing for the Knights in high school, Elswick believes, has prepared him well for college football—thanks to the head coach.
“Luke Salmons down there, he’s hardcore,” he said. “He pushes you every day. When you go through a program like that, and you come somewhere else, you’re just ready.”
The transition from Knight to Yellow Jacket has been seamless.
“I don’t live but thirty minutes from here,” Elswick said. “The teammates up here are already accepting me. It’s the place to be.”
Every football player wants to become the best he can be. Elswick, when all is said and done, wants to give back to his home state.
“I’m going to be a civil engineer,” he said of his undergraduate study. “After I’m done, I’m going to get my master’s in safety engineering.”
There’s time for that. Elswick’s focus is on game one of his college career—he’s excited.
“A lot of adrenaline,” he said. “Ready to go. That’s it. Just wanting to hit people.”