West Virginia Mountaineers

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West Virginia head coach Dana Holgerson called redshirt sophomore WR Shelton Gibson the fastest player he has ever coached.

This includes former WVU receiver Tavon Austin, who ran a 4.34 forty and 4.01 20 yard short shuttle at the Combine. Gibson only recorded four catches for 60 yards last season, but a team of Mountaineer receivers will need to combine to make up for the production lost with Kevin White.
Jul 21 - 11:03 AM

West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen said this is the best defense he's ever coached.

"Without a doubt, it should be the best I’ve had since I started coaching 20 years ago," Holgorsen said Monday at Big 12 media days. "We have guys who have a bunch of experience. When we came into this league three years ago, everyone remembers Geno Smith, Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey, but I doubt you could name another person, especially on defense." Holgorsen's crew boasts Karl Joseph, potentially the top safety prospect in the class, and Nick Kwiatkoski, one of the Big 12’s best linebackers. The Mountaineers finished No. 16 in the Big 12 with 27.6 points allowed per game, but they finished second in passing yards per attempt allowed and figure to be better across the board in 2015.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 20 - 9:17 PM

West Virginia senior S Karl Joseph boasts "great instincts, a hitter's mentality and play-making skills," writes ESPN's Mel Kiper.

"Joseph goes into his senior year at West Virginia already the school record-holder in forced fumbles," Kiper wrote. "I point out the forced fumbles because he's truly one of the great hitters in college football, even while playing at under 200 pounds. Coverage skills will improve, but I expect his hitting to be coveted." The analyst ranks Joseph as the No. 2 senior safety prospect in the country. Joseph (5-foot-11, 197-pounds) posted 92 tackles, 4.5 TFL, three pass breakups, three forced fumbles and one interception last year.
Jul 19 - 7:45 PM

West Virginia senior S Karl Joseph has "a reputation as one of the hardest hitters in college football," according to Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

Indeed he does. "While just 5-foot-11, 197 pounds, Joseph is a fearless presence in the middle of the field, bringing energy and aggressiveness to a defense on the rise," Brown wrote. The 5-foot-11, 197-pounder was named first-team All-Big 12 last year by putting up 92 tackles, 4.5 TFL, three pass breakups, three forced fumbles and one interception last year.
Jul 1 - 4:34 PM

West Virginia graduate RB Andrew Buie will play his final season for UNC Charlotte.

Buie had a productive season in 2012, rushing for 851 yards and seven touchdowns. Since then he has been a situational player. UNCC running back Kalif Phillips rushed for 1,436 yards and scored 20 touchdowns last season, so Buie could be a complementary piece.
Jun 30 - 12:59 PM

West Virginia senior S Karl Joseph "flies into the backfield and attacks receivers in space like few others in this draft class," notes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

Indeed, Joseph is something of a defensive kamikaze who was ranked by NFL Media as the No. 1 most physical player in college football. "Joseph has a chance to fly up boards by proving his coverage skills to scouts during the 2015 season and postseason," Reuter wrote. "He'll also need to show fluid hip movement and change-of-direction ability at the combine. Combining that sort of athleticism with his excellent hitting and tackling skills (92 stops in a first-team All-Big 12 junior campaign) could push him even higher on team draft boards." The 5-foot-11, 197-pounder had 92 tackles, 4.5 TFL, three pass breakups, three forced fumbles and one interception last year.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 23 - 7:50 PM

NFL Media ranks West Virginia senior S Karl Joseph their No.1 ranked physical player in college football.

The 5-foot-10, 200-pound safety plays fearless despite his size, and is not afraid to get physical when he's out there on the football field. The West Virginia prospect has also been quite productive, posting 264 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, 15 passes defensed, 8 forced fumbles, 5 fumble recoveries and 4 interceptions in his time at Morgantown. With a solid year, Joseph has a shot to be a top safety prospect going into the 2016 NFL draft.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 8 - 2:02 PM

West Virginia junior RB/WR Wendall Smallwood "is simply a playmaker that grabs your eye," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"Smallwood has somewhat of a tweener frame, lacking the ideal build of a running back or the height or strength of a receiver, but he uses his athletic gifts to be a home run threat any time he touches the ball. He has terrific speed and acceleration to erase defender angles and although he lacks an ideal identity as a pro prospect, Smallwood is simply a playmaker that grabs your eye," Brugler wrote. Smallwood was West Virginia's second leading rusher with 148 carries for 722 yards and two touchdowns. As a wideout, Smallwood was the fourth-leading receiver with 31 catches for 326 yards in 2014. The 5-foot-11, 201-pound Smallwood will split time in the Mountaineers' backfield with Rushel Shell, Donte Thomas-Williams and Jacky Marcellus.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 2 - 3:30 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that it "wouldn't be a shock" if West Virginia redshirt junior RB Rushel Shell "emerged as the best running back in the Big 12 conference this year."

"Shell is patient and does a great job resetting his eyes on the move, using balance and an extra gear at the second level to run away from linebackers. He will again share the carries in 2015, but it wouldn't be a shock if he emerged as the best running back in the Big 12 conference this year," Brugler wrote. The former Pittsburgh transfer was the leading rusher for the Mountaineers with 176 carries for 788 yards and seven touchdowns, and also added in 21 receptions for 140 yards in 2014. Shell and the running game could be the focal point in 2015, with new starters at quarterback and wide receiver for West Virginia.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 2 - 2:43 PM

West Virginia senior S Karl Joseph "enters the 2015 season as one of the best senior safety prospects in the country," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"He strikes through his target and is a big hit waiting to happen, but he doesn't consistently wrap and will take wild angles at times. Although he has room to develop in coverage, Joseph enters the 2015 season as one of the best senior safety prospects in the country," Brugler wrote. The West Virginia prospect is the second-leading tackler for the Mountaineers, with 92 tackles, including 62 solo stops, 4.5 tackles for loss, three pass breakups, three forced fumbles and 1 interception. Joseph lacks the ideal size, but plays big and is more physical than expected.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 2 - 2:08 PM

Ex-Michigan junior OL Kyle Bosch has transferred to WVU and has been granted immediate eligibility.

Bosch was away from the Michigan program for much of the 2014 season after starting three games at left guard during his freshman year. Bosch could help the Mountaineers immediately after the school lost two offensive linemen to the NFL.
Jun 2 - 10:39 AM

Chargers signed West Virginia RB Dreamius Smith.

Smith (5'11/223) spent two seasons at WVU after transferring from JUCO, turning 183 carries into 945 yards (5.16 YPC) and ten TDs. He caught 13 passes for 52 yards. Despite a nondescript college career, Smith put himself on NFL radars by running 4.50/4.52 with a 35-inch vertical and 10-foot-2 broad jump at the Mountaineers' Pro Day. Smith is a stiff, straight-linish runner, but gobbles up blocked yards and runs hard downhill. While obviously not a big-time prospect, he's a name to keep in mind based on his impressive size-athleticism combination.
May 4 - 1:07 AM

ESPN's Mel Kiper gave the draft host Bears and general manager Ryan Pace a "B+" draft grade.

Kiper liked the fit of West Virginia WR Kevin White with the No. 7 pick, but liked what Chicago did later even more. "My favorite pick for the Bears was probably Eddie Goldman early in Round 2," Kiper wrote. "I thought he could have been taken in Round 1, and they needed to add a D-lineman." In addition, the analyst thinks Hroniss Grasu could start immediately at center. Kiper also praised the selections of RB Jeremy Langford and DB Adrian Amos.
May 3 - 5:26 PM

Bengals selected West Virginia WR Mario Alford with the No. 238 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Alford (5'9/180) spent two seasons at West Virginia, catching 92 balls for 1,497 yards (16.3 YPR) and 13 TDs. He served as the Mountaineers' lid popper opposite alpha dog Kevin White. Although Alford can run like the wind -- he clocked 4.25 at WVU's Pro Day -- Alford has inconsistent hands, is severely undersized, and won't win contested catches with a 34-inch vertical. Alford did return two kickoffs for touchdowns as a senior and could carve out a Trindon Holliday-like NFL career.
May 2 - 6:00 PM

Cardinals selected West Virginia OLB/DE Shaq Riddick with the No. 158 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Riddick (6'6/244) was an FCS All American at Gardner-Webb before transferring to West Virginia for his senior year, where Riddick piled up 11 TFLs and seven sacks. He showed big-time athleticism at the WVU Pro Day, running 4.64 with a 10-foot-4 broad jump and 36-inch vertical. Riddick played out of position at five-technique end for the Mountaineers, but flashed explosive burst when given pass-rush opportunities. A long (33 3/4-inch arms), rangy edge presence, Riddick has the potential to be an NFL draft steal.
May 2 - 2:52 PM


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