They were all at Sun Life Stadium when the Mountaineers crushed Clemson, 70-33. It was great medicine.
"At the time, it was really painful to watch because I felt I could have been out there making an impact, but it was awesome to be able to experience it," he said.
Arlia ended up riding back home with his parents, which he said was about as uncomfortable as it sounds.
He figures he was fortunate because he didn't need surgery for anything that happened in the crash. He just needed time and rest, which are pretty precious commodities in college football.
He had a walking boot for his leg, but there was nothing doctors could do for the ribs, lung and liver. He wasn't allowed to run or lift weights and he needed to have his urine checked regularly to make sure his liver kept healing and wasn't bleeding.
"The whole thing took me about eight weeks," he said.
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ARLIA MISSED winter conditioning and the beginning of the weight-training program before he was allowed to do some lifting. The 7-on-7 drills started without him, but he made it back in time for the last week and then was cleared for spring practice.
He had aches and pains from inactivity, but he pushed through them rather than sit out. His leg hurt when he ran routes and made cuts. He tired quicker than normal because the injuries and the time away from football had affected his breathing.
Slowly, he cleared little hurdles, physical and mental. He cut without consequences. His stamina improved. He got leveled by freshman safety Karl Joseph and felt fine after it.
It was only a few days ago when Arlia was talking to a friend and admitted he was back to normal.
"I feel like I'm good," he said. "I'm so excited for Saturday because that's my first game I'll get to participate in. I hope I get a chance to make some plays out there and help the team get better."
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THIS IS WHAT he's been waiting for. Arlia came to WVU because he wanted to make a name for himself. He was a straight A student at Madonna, the MVP of the North-South Game in 2011 and the winner of West Virginia's 2010 Wendy's High School Heisman. He talked to Harvard and Penn about playing in the Ivy League. Robert Morris, Carnegie Mellon and Davidson had partial scholarships to offer.
Arlia was invited to WVU's spring game last year and talked with Dawson afterward. On the drive home, Arlia told Mike and Mary Beth he wanted to go after his dream and play in Division I. He was eventually invited to WVU as a preferred walk-on and the Mountaineers thought enough of him last year that he didn't redshirt.
He's back to proving himself again, using his hands, routes and effort to become known as the walk-on who made it, as opposed to the walk-on from the Jet Ski accident.
"That's absolutely what drives me," he said. "The next big thing for me is performing in the spring game and making my family proud, making an impact for the team and making the players and the coaches proud by playing as hard as I can."
Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at mi...@dailymail.com or 304-319-1142. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/wvu.