The Times West Virginian

May 13, 2013

Bailey makes big impression with St. Louis

By Cliff Nichols
Times West Virginian

— Stedman Bailey spent plenty of time impressing West Virginia University fans over the past three seasons after coming north from Miami to join quarterback Geno Smith, his former Miramar High School teammate.

After catching 210 passes for 3,218 yards and 41 touchdowns as a Mountaineer, Bailey, a third-round pick in the NFL draft, is with a former WVU teammate, first-round selection Tavon Austin, with the St. Louis Rams.

And Bailey continues to impress during NFL workouts.

Jim Thomas, in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, wrote that “it only took a few minutes watching Austin this weekend to tell why the Rams drafted him. Meanwhile, Bailey showcased what he does best — namely, going up for the ball, adjusting in flight and making tough catches. Bailey caught some sideways, in traffic, and even on his back Saturday.”

“This is something I’ve been waiting for my whole life,” Bailey, who left WVU with a year of eligibility remaining, was quoted. “So I definitely had butterflies stepping out on the field. But once I got in a little groove, I was able to relax and just play my game.”

Coach Jeff Fisher, following two days of working with drafted and non-drafted players, praised Austin and Bailey as well as the coaches who worked with them in Morgantown.


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