Stedman Bailey is returning to his alma mater, West Virginia, to serve as a graduate assistant for their football team. The Rams waived Bailey this past spring. While this will allow Bailey more time to recover from gunshot injuries he suffered to his head, it also gives him an opportunity to complete his degree in multidisciplinary studies.
Bailey was a popular fan draft pick in 2013 when the Rams selected him in the 3rd round after already selecting Tavon Austin, his college teammate. During his time with the Rams, Bailey had 59 catches for 843 yards, two receiving touchdowns, one rushing touchdown, and one of the most memorable punt return touchdowns in recent memory.
Bailey does not consider his playing days over yet and still is working extremely hard to get back to 100% football shape. Although the Rams waived Bailey, they wanted to keep him around in a coaching role during the team’s latest OTA sessions. It's possible Bailey could eventually return in some coaching capacity in the future.
Always considered a smart and savvy WR, this is a new beginning for Bailey at WVU as he gets his feet wet in coaching. We have no doubts he will transition successfully and we wish him the best of luck with his health, coaching, and education.