West Virginia Mountaineers

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ESPN's Brett McMurphy reports that Florida State and West Virginia are nearing agreement on a season-opening clash for 2020.

Per McMurphy, the match-up that is being discussed would open the 2020 season at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. The Seminoles and Mountaineers have never played in the regular season, but they have tangoed in a trio of bowl games (2010, 2005, 1982). FSU won all three of those contests. An added piece of intrigue here -- one that you are sure to hear about plenty on September 5, 2020 -- is that FSU HC Jimbo Fisher is a native of West Virginia.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 27 - 12:52 PM

West Virginia HC Dana Holgorsen said that he was "sick" of playing regular season games on championship Saturday.

"It pisses me off. We miss a week of recruiting, and it's not a championship game," Holgorsen said. "It has not made sense to me." He also asked, "Who cares about that?" in response to the fact that his team lost to Kansas State on championship Saturday last season. Said Holgorsen, "The only way it matters is if it's a true championship game, the way every other conference is doing it." You have to appreciate Holgorsen's honesty, though his squad will need to make major strides off their 8-5 2015 campaign if they want a realistic shot of facing off with one of the big boys come 2017.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 20 - 3:48 PM

Former West Virginia WR Stedman Bailey joined the team as a student assistant coach.

Bailey was drafted by the Rams with the 92nd pick of the 2013 draft. He posted his best professional season the following year, catching 30 passes for 435 yards and a touchdown. Last November, though, tragedy struck after Bailey was shot twice in the head while sitting in a car with his family. He survived that assault, but has not been cleared to resume football proper. In a statement, Bailey said he is not calling it quits on his playing career, but would like further time to heal before reassessing his options. In addition to his first foray into the world of coaching, Bailey will enroll at the university as a full-time student in order to finish his bachelor's degree in multidisciplinary studies.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 18 - 2:05 PM

West Virginia senior C Tyler Orlosky is the top-graded returning center in college football, per Pro Football Focus.

Orlosky allowed merely 10 pressures over 1,094 pass blocking snaps over the past two years. He wasn't one-dimensional, either, chipping in a +16.9 run blocking grade that tied for No. 9 in the FBS last fall. "He doesn’t lose many blocks in West Virginia’s zone-heavy system, giving his running backs a chance to pick up yards on either the front or back side of the play," Steve Palazzolo wrote. PFF sees Orlosky as the No. 60 returning player in college football.
Jul 15 - 7:10 PM

Tennessee redshirt sophomore OL Ray Raulerson transferred to West Virginia.

Raulerson indicated near the end of June that he was looking to transfer to a program that would allow him more potential playing time. Last season, the 6-foot-4, 287-pounder appeared in five games while serving as a third center for the Volunteers. He will have to sit out the 2016 season, but will have two years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2017. West Virginia's starting center, Tyler Orlosky, is heading into his redshirt senior season and his presumed departure at the end of this coming season should at least allow Raulerson a shot at competing for increased snaps come next spring.
Jul 2 - 12:29 PM

Four-star 2017 WR Mike Harley committed to West Virginia.

Assuming HC Dana Holgorsen can keep Harley in the fold through National Signing Day, this could be a really nice under-the-radar summer commitment for the Mountaineers. The 5-foot-10, 153-pound wideout ranks as Rivals' No. 222 prospect for the 2017 cycle, while ESPN 300 notes that he "[s]hows very good football instincts and has a very nice feel for the position." Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell singled him out as having the best footwork of any player at the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge earlier this month. As for his future role with West Virginia, Harley said, "They are going to use me in the slot for some of the time, but they will put be outside for deep balls, too. They’re going to move me around depending on the plays and the situation."
Jun 26 - 6:38 PM

Tennessee redshirt sophomore OL Ray Raulerson indicated that he was looking into transfer destinations.

"I'm exploring options right now," Raulerson said, later adding, "I really loved it at Tennessee, but I'm going to go to a place where I have a better chance to play." The 6-foot-4, 287-pounder came to the decision to transfer after talking with Volunteer coaches last week. He hopes to find a new home by the end of the summer, preferably within the FBS. Raulerson is comfortable with the fact that he would have to sit out a year. A member of the 2014 recruiting class, Raulerson was graded as a consensus three-star prospect out of high school.
Jun 26 - 12:11 PM

Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell predicts that four-star 2017 WR Mike Harley will commit to USC.

Harley does not actually hold an offer from USC at this juncture, but Farrell sees one coming later this summer. The analyst was all a-flutter over Harley at the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge in Atlanta earlier in June, tagging him as the prospect with the best footwork -- regardless of position -- among that loaded collection of future stars. Farrell loves his ability to cut and change direction. The 5-foot-10, 153-pounder ranks as Rivals' No. 222 prospect for the 2017 cycle. He will need to pack on a few pounds once he hits college.
Source: Rivals
Jun 25 - 4:46 PM

Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell wrote that four-star 2017 WR Mike Harley showcased "the best footwork, regardless of position [at the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge]."

Farrell noted that Harley "cuts on a dime and just sets up defensive backs so well." The 5-foot-10, 153-pounder plays his high school ball at the football factory that is St. Thomas Aquinas in Florida and has received offers from the likes of Michigan, Mississippi State, NC State, Washington State and Wisconsin. "He’s not very big," Farrell wrote, "but try dealing with his change of direction or even his ability to make you miss after the catch even in 7-on-7. He’s a blur."
Source: Rivals
Jun 23 - 2:57 PM

West Virginia sophomore QB David Sills is transferring to the JUCO level in order to receive more reps.

Remember the seventh grader who verbally committed to Lane Kiffin and USC? That is this guy. Out of high school he was viewed as four-star recruit. Sills was practicing at receiver for the Mountaineers, so it seems evident he wants to find a place where he can stay at quarterback. Matt Welch reports Sills is headed for El Camino College in Torrence, California.
Jun 23 - 9:12 AM

Per ESPN's Brandon Chatmon, West Virginia senior C Tyler Orlosky is "the type of player who can carve out a lengthy NFL career."

"The foundation of the Mountaineers’ offense, Orlosky has smarts, skills and experience," Chatmon wrote, adding the caveat that an "early round selection may not be a guarantee." Orlosky, who started all 13 games at center in 2014 and 2015, was a All-Big 12 First Team selection by ESPN and a Second Team selection by the conference's coaches last season.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 14 - 6:36 PM

West Virginia HC Dana Holgorsen believes redshirt sophomore QB Will Grier (suspension) will be eligible to play the opener of the 2017 season.

"Will Grier enrolled for classes here at WVU on May 16. With the timing of his transfer, and the requirements that he has to finish from the NCAA, I cannot officially confirm his eligibility until the summer of 2017," Holgorsen said in a release. "However, I fully anticipate him being eligible for the opening game of the 2017 season." Holgorsen isn't alone in his optimism. The Charleston Gazette-Mail's Mike Casazza reported on Friday that Grier would indeed be deemed eligible for the beginning of the 2017 season. Grier's year-long PED suspension ends on October 15. But because he transferred to West Virginia in the spring, there had been a question as to whether the NCAA would wait until October 15 to begin his one-year transfer penalty. Grier will have two seasons of eligibility left beginning in 2017.
Source: CBS Sports
May 20 - 7:44 PM

The Charleston Gazette-Mail's Mike Casazza reports that West Virginia redshirt freshman QB Will Grier (suspension) will be eligible to play in week one of the 2017 season.

Grier was hit with a year-long suspension by the NCAA after he tested positive for PED's in early October. The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder subsequently transferred to West Virginia in March. That comes with its own year-long sit-out period. Apparently, the NCAA is willing to wrap the PED suspension and transfer sit-out into one tidy package, making Grier eligible to play in the 2017 season-opener against Virginia Tech on September 2. Had this not been the case, Grier wouldn't have been eligible to play until the seventh game of the 2017 campaign.
May 20 - 4:40 PM

West Virginia dismissed redshirt sophomore RB Donte Thomas-Williams.

Thomas-Williams was initially hit with an indefinite suspension for reasons unknown in April. He has now been dismissed, though there is no word as of yet as to whether the suspension and dismissal stem from the same mystery incident West Virginia only offered a "violation of team rules" as reason for Thomas-Williams' boot. The 6-foot-1, 214-pounder rushed for 43 yards on 14 carries last season. He was a four-star recruit out of high school as part of the 2014 cycle.
May 17 - 2:31 PM

West Virginia signed Iowa grad transfer CB Maurice Fleming.

Fleming appeared in 33 games over the past three years for the Hawkeyes, posting 17 tackles and five pass breakups in 14 games last year. He chose the Mountaineers, who lost four defensive backs to the NFL, for obvious reasons. Fleming will compete for one of the cornerback vacancies left by Daryl Worley (Carolina Panthers) and Terrell Chestnut (San Diego Chargers).
May 16 - 11:25 AM


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