West Virginia Mountaineers

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West Virginia hired Cal OC/interim head coach Jake Spavital as offensive coordinator and QB coach.

Interesting little two-step here. When Cal fired Sonny Dykes last weekend, they promoted Spavital to interim HC. Reportedly, the administration considered both the possibilities of hiring Spavital as the permanent HC or just rolling with him on a one-year trial basis. When Spavital was beat out for the post by Wisconsin DC Justin Wilcox, old buddy Dana Holgorsen deployed a golden parachute pronto for him. The 31-year-old Spavital was a grad assistant under Holgorsen at Houston and Oklahoma State. Spavital, a rising prospect in the coaching ranks, was OC at Texas A&M prior to his one-year stay in Berkeley. We'd expect Spav to have a program of his own to run in the next few years, assuming he can quickly navigate the losses of QB Skyler Howard and star WR Shelton Gibson, who declared for the Draft this week.
Jan 14 - 11:38 AM

West Virginia redshirt sophomore WR Shelton Gibson declared for the NFL Draft.

Gibson indicated that he had received "favorable feedback from the NFL," but we haven't heard what he was told. Gibson is gifted, but raw and unrefined. The 5-foot-11, 188-pounder is a burner who can take the top off of defenses, but he ran a limited route tree in college and will have to rely on his pro coaches to teach him the finer points of the position. For those reasons, we would have advised him to return to school (though Gibson may have felt compelled to jump into this weak crop of receivers). He had only 43 catches this past season, but turned them into 951 yards and eight touchdowns on 22.1 yards per catch. Walter Football mocked him to the Rams in the second round (No. 37) of a recent mock draft.
Jan 11 - 1:43 PM

ESPN's David Lombardi reports that Cal OC/interim head coach Jake Spavital is interviewing for the Golden Bears' vacant head-coaching position on Tuesday.

Spavital was named interim head coach following Cal's abrupt firing of Sonny Dykes on Sunday. The former Texas A&M offensive coordinator initially joined up with the Golden Bears last offseason. Under Spavital's offensive watch this past campaign, Cal averaged almost 40 points on average. It isn't yet known just who else might be on Cal's interview docket.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 10 - 12:59 PM

Cal named OC and QB coach Jake Spavital as interim coach.

Spavital is also a candidate to replace former HC Sonny Dykes -- fired as head football coach Sunday -- on a permanent basis. The 31-year-old may not yet be ready for a Power 5 job, but he's one of the sport's top assistant coaching prospects.
Source: ESPN
Jan 8 - 3:33 PM

West Virginia CB Rasul Douglas accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

The Mountaineers had a bucket-full of secondary jobs to fill over the summer after Karl Joseph and his senior-class DB buddies departed for greener pastures. Douglas, a former JUCO prospect, was one of a group of first-year DB starters who won a job. He went on to dominate, getting named a Walter Camp All-American after leading the nation with eight interceptions.
Source: Senior Bowl
Jan 5 - 12:53 PM

West Virginia C Tyler Orlosky accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

The All-American was a three-year starter. Orlosky is one of the best centers in the nation and one of the best center prospects in this upcoming Draft class. An AFC North scout told CBS in November that Orlosky was "nasty" and a "warrior."
Source: Senior Bowl
Jan 4 - 2:07 PM

West Virginia senior QB Skyler Howard completed 17-of-26 passes for 134 yards while rushing for 63 yards and a touchdown in Wednesday's 31-14 loss to Miami in the Russell Athletic Bowl.

About the best you could say for Howard in this one is that he led his team in rushing. Even that came with a demerit, as he averaged a paltry 3.0 YPC, needing 21 carries to reach 63 yards on the ground. Nothing doing through the air, either. The 6-foot, 202-pounder has thrown for 26 touchdowns in back-to-back seasons. He could fight his way into the sixth or seventh-round conversation if things break right for him during the draft process, but his likely path to the NFL will be through undrafted free agency (if that).
Wed, Dec 28, 2016 09:21:00 PM

West Virginia has signed DC Tony Gibson to a three-year contract extension worth $2.7 million.

"Our players respond to him, and the scheme fits our program well. Tony has the defense playing with an edge and it shows in the results," said HC Dana Holgorsen. Gibson has been with West Virginia for four seasons and earned a promotion from secondary coach to defensive coordinator during the winter of 2014. This past season, the Mountaineers surrendered just 23.4 points on average, a remarkable feat given the offense-happy stylings of the Big 12.
Wed, Dec 21, 2016 05:53:00 PM

West Virginia four-star 2017 verbal WR commit Mike Harley said on Friday that he will join whichever school wins the Russell Athletic Bowl.

Harley remains committed to West Virginia's cause, but he also said that he loves Miami. And so, he said on Friday, he will allow the college football deities to determine his feat when the Hurricanes take on the Mountaineers in the Russell Athletic Bowl on December 28. Harley has since posted to Twitter that a bowl game will "not determine [his] future," though, so it is possible that he was just speaking out in the adrenaline of the moment -- he made his initial comments following St. Thomas Aquinas' third consecutive state title.
Source: CBS Sports
Mon, Dec 12, 2016 08:12:00 PM

West Virginia senior QB Skyler Howard completed 10-of-26 passes for 111 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 24-21 win over Baylor.

Not much doing here through the air, but West Virginia improved to 10-2 nonetheless. Howard tossed touchdown passes near the end of the second and third quarters. Those scoring passes gave him 26 on the season, matching the total he posted in 13 games a year ago. For the 2016 campaign as a whole, the 6-foot, 202-pound senior has thrown for 3,194 yards with a 26/10 TD/INT ratio. He has also rushed for an even 400 yards and nine additional scores.
Sat, Dec 3, 2016 07:37:00 PM

West Virginia junior RB Justin Crawford rushed for 209 yards on 28 carries in Saturday's 24-21 win over Baylor.

Skyler Howard proved spotty in the passing game, throwing for all of 111 yards in the contest. With little happening through the air, the Mountaineers leaned hard on their running game, racking up 312 yards as a team. The bulk of that output came via Crawford. He averaged 7.4 YPC with a long run of 63 yards in the victory. Just about the only knock you could levy against him is the fact that he failed to rush for a touchdown. Otherwise, this was a dynamite performance through-and-through. While the 5-foot-11, 198-pounder has been held under 50 yards rushing five times in 12 games this season, he also has several monster efforts to his name. Most notably, Crawford blasted Oklahoma for 331 yards on 24 carries back on November 19. West Virginia wraps up its regular season with a 10-2 record and will now await bowl assignment.
Sat, Dec 3, 2016 07:21:00 PM

ESPN's Brett McMurphy reports that West Virginia and HC Dana Holgorsen have agreed to a five-year contract extension.

Holgorsen's new contract will run through the 2021 season. In his six seasons at the helm of the Mountaineers' ship, West Virginia has posted a 45-30 record (26-25 in conference). They play Baylor Saturday afternoon as they look to secure their second 10-win season under Holgorsen. Given that he was reportedly close to losing his job at the end of the 2015 campaign, this has been quite the turnaround.
Sat, Dec 3, 2016 04:04:00 PM

West Virginia HC Dana Holgorsen says senior WR Devonte Mathis will start against Baylor.

The senior will start in his final collegiate regular season game because Ka'Raun White suffered a season-ending leg injury. Mathis, who has 16 career receptions, will work alongside Shelton Gibson, Daikiel Shorts, and Jovon Durante in attacking a Baylor secondary that has been taking its licks for the past month and a half.
Fri, Dec 2, 2016 03:13:00 PM

West Virginia redshirt senior RB Rushel Shell (ankle) is questionable for Saturday's game against Baylor.

Shell suffered the injury last month and just hasn't been able to, ahem, kick it. The 6-foot, 215-pounder has just one carry over the past four games.
Source: Fansided
Fri, Dec 2, 2016 02:25:00 PM

West Virginia redshirt junior WR Ka'Raun White will not play again this season due to a broken leg.

White has not only been ruled out for this Saturday's regular-season finale against Baylor, he has also been ruled out for West Virginia's yet-to-be-determined bowl. On Tuesday, HC Dana Holgorsen indicated that the 6-foot-1, 200-pound redshirt junior will need to undergo surgery to repair the injury. He finishes his 2016 campaign having caught 48 passes for 583 yards and five touchdowns over the course of 11 games played.
Source: ESPN.com
Tue, Nov 29, 2016 02:02:00 PM


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