West Virginia Mountaineers

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West Virginia suspended sophomore WR Marcus Simms for the season-opener against Virginia Tech.

"While every case is unique and discipline imposed is based on varying factors, this suspension is warranted," said HC Dana Holgorsen. "It is my hope that Marcus works hard to fulfill his obligation as a member of our community and as a member of our football program." Simms (6'0/196) was arrested on charges of DUI and driving on a revoked license early Sunday morning after being initially pulled over for a broken taillight. He was expected to take on a bigger role in the offense this season after logging a 6-95-1 receiving line as a true freshman. West Virginia is looking mighty thin at receiver at this juncture.
Aug 15 - 12:25 PM

West Virginia redshirt sophomore T Colton McKivitz could have a big season on the right side.

McKivitz stepped in for Yodny Cajuste and immediately faced future first round pick Charles Harris. He locked down the starting job from then on. The Mountaineers lost Tyler Orlosky to the NFL along with two others. McKivitz could be the top dog this year.
Aug 14 - 9:45 AM

West Virginia sophomore WR Marcus Simms was arrested on Sunday morning on suspicion of driving under the influence and driving on a revoked license.

Simms was pulled over for a broken taillight, after which police caught a whiff of marijuana and noticed marijuana cigarettes in the ashtray. The 6-foot, 196-pound sophomore reportedly showed signs of glassy, bloodshot eyes and was slurring his speech. West Virginia has yet to comment on the arrest or move to suspend Simms, but given that this is his second DUI in the space of four months -- he was previously arrested in May -- he might be facing an in-season suspension. Playing as a true freshman last season, Simms caught six passes for 95 yards and a touchdown. Simms was looking like a prime contender to start prior to this arrest and given that Jovon Durante has not yet even arrived in camp due to a personal matter, the Mountaineers' receiving corps is in a tenuous state at this time.
Source: Fansided
Aug 13 - 3:11 PM

West Virginia junior WR Jovon Durante (personal) has still not reported to camp.

Durante (6'0/171) is away due to what HC Dana Holgorson has termed "personal things." When asked earlier this week what Durante's status was, Holgorson replied, "No update. No comment." This past season, the junior wideout started eight of 13 games for the Mountaineers while catching 35 passes for 331 yards and two touchdowns. Ka'Raun White was already in for a big role with WVU and figures to be leaned upon even more heavily if Durante either fails to join the team or shows up physically unready for the rigors of the season.
Source: Fansided
Aug 13 - 1:04 PM

West Virginia junior WR Jovon Durante has yet to join camp due to what have been termed "personal issues."

"I don’t know if he will (report). I don’t know when he will. He has personal things that he has to work on. We are going to get some other guys ready to go," said HC Dana Holgorsen on Sunday. Durante (6'0/171) appeared in 13 games with the Mountaineers last season, including eight starts. In that space, he logged a 35-331-2 receiving line. The Mountaineers were going to be handing him a heavier offensive load this coming season with Shelton Gibson off to the NFL.
Aug 7 - 12:57 PM

West Virginia senior S Dravon Askew-Henry (knee) has been a full-participant in camp.

Askew-Henry (5'11/200) tore his left ACL in preseason camp last year and subsequently sat out the 2016 campaign. CBS Sports' Mike Casazza passes along that he has been an early standout as camps boot up this month. During a healthy 2015 season, Askew-Henry was a 13-game starter who compiled 59 tackles, an interception and four pass breakups.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 3 - 9:25 PM

Bruce Feldman of Sports Illustrated reports that West Virginia redshirt sophomore LB David Long (meniscus) will miss at least the first month of the 2017 season.

Long suffered the injury during off-season conditioning. As a redshirt freshman last season, he posted 63 tackles and 4.5 TFL. The fleet 5-foot-11, 230-pounder was one of three returning defensive starters for West Virginia. The Mountaineers do get back top-notch S Dravon Askew-Henry, who missed all of last year after suffering a season-ending knee injury during camp.
Source: SI
Jul 13 - 2:51 PM

West Virginia received a verbal commitment from three-star 2018 QB Trey Lowe.

"The first time Coach Spavital saw me threw he knew right then that he wanted me and I really like that about him. He's a real down to Earth coach and we have connected very well," Lowe explained of his commitment. The 6-foot-3, 175-pounder ranks as Rivals' No. 17 dual-threat quarterback in the 2018 class, but despite the outward "dual-threat" label, considers himself a pocket passer who happens to have wheels. West Virginia is now up to 11 commitments for the cycle.
Source: Rivals
Jul 11 - 8:57 PM

West Virginia junior WR Gary Jennings said that redshirt senior WR Ka'Raun White is "definitely progressing very well" from the broken leg which sidelined him in 2016.

Not exactly a medical report, here, but still nice to get an update on White's progression. He broke his leg in a win over Iowa State near the end of November and subsequently underwent surgery. Prior to his season's early end, the 6-foot-1, 200-pounder had caught 48 passes for 583 yards and five touchdowns over the course of 11 games played. White, Jennings, David Stills, Jovan Durante and Marcus Simms should all have extensive opportunity in HC Dana Holgorsen's air raid this coming season, as the Mountaineers are largely rebuilding their receiving corp in the absence of former top wideouts Shelton Gibson and Daikiel Shorts.
Jun 29 - 6:33 PM

Alabama sophomore WR T.J. Simmons transferred to West Virginia.

Simmons (6'2/201) played in 12 games as a true freshman last season. He was used in a special teams capacity and did not record a catch. The sophomore wideout showed out well during the team's spring game -- six catches for 82 yards and a touchdown -- but was on the outside looking in when it came to the depth chart heading into the summer. The former three-star recruit will have to sit out the 2017 campaign now that he has transferred to West Virginia, but will have three years eligibility remaining beginning in 2018.
Jun 26 - 12:13 PM

Former redshirt freshman TE Jovani Haskins transferred to West Virginia.

Haskins reunites with former Miami teammate QB Jack Allison on West Virginia's roster. The 6-foot-4, 245-pound tight end, a three-star recruit, ranked as ESPN's No. 15 TE prospect in the 2016 class. Haskins redshirted in 2016. He'll sit out in 2017 and have three years of eligibility remaining starting in 2018.
Jun 25 - 2:13 PM

The NCAA cleared West Virginia redshirt junior QB Will Grier for immediate eligibility in 2017.

Though expected, this news is a big win for the Mountaineers, who open the 2017 season versus Virginia Tech in Landover, Maryland. Grier's case was unique. While at Florida, he was suspended for one year in October 2015 after testing positive for performance enhancing drugs. Grier transferred to WVU in December 2015. Initially, it appeared as though Grier's suspension would pick up again after he fulfilled the NCAA's transfer-year requirements, forcing him to miss the first six games of the 2017 season. WVU's appeal asked the NCAA to run off the remainder of the suspension during the transfer year, which would grant Grier eligibility at the start of the 2017 season. Grier, who threw for 1,202 yards (65.6% completions) with a 10/3 TD/INT ratio across six games played at Florida in 2015, has two years of eligibility remaining.
Jun 20 - 1:46 PM

Miami redshirt freshman QB Jack Allison transferred to West Virginia.

Per the Charleston Gazette-Mail's Mike Casazza, Allison had initially been expected to transfer to a JUCO program. Change of plans, now, and he will instead follow in the footsteps of former Florida QB transfer Will Grier in joining the Mountaineers. Allison was a four-star recruit out of high school, but was unable to gain a clear foothold in the starting competition between Evan Shirreffs and Malik Rosier during spring practice. With West Virginia, he will have to sit out the 2017 season in order to satisfy NCAA transfer regulations.
Jun 13 - 7:46 PM

Miami redshirt freshman TE Jovani Haskins will transfer.

"I talked to Jovani and we both felt it was in his best interests to get a fresh start somewhere else. We wish him all the best in his future plans," said HC Mark Richt in a statement. The 6-foot-4, 245-pounder ranked as ESPN's No. 15 tight end prospect in the 2016 class. He would have to sit out a season to satisfy NCAA transfer regulations should he opt to move on to another FBS outfit.
Jun 13 - 4:28 PM

West Virginia junior WR David Sills caught six passes for 98 yards in the team's spring game.

That Sills is even a member of the team is something -- he had actually transferred to the JUCO ranks in the summer of 2016 before looping back around to rejoin the Mountaineers for the coming season. The 6-foot-4, 204-pounder has also transitioned from quarterback to wide receiver since his initial stint at West Virginia. ESPN's Jake Trotter writes that Sills "quickly positioned himself this spring as a go-to receiver for new QB Will Grier."
Source: ESPN.com
May 30 - 6:15 PM


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