West Virginia Mountaineers

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Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline "continue[s] to hear" that West Virginia WR Shelton Gibson is moving up draft boards.

Pauline hears that Gibson "should run the 40 in the 4.3s at the combine," a development which would "only enhance his draft stock." The 5-foot-11, 188-pounder is a pure burner who can pop the lid off of coverages.
Feb 16 - 4:00 PM

Syracuse graduate CB Corey Winfield transferred to West Virginia.

Winfield announced his intention to transfer in November. He will be eligible to play immediately for the Mountaineers in 2017. This past season, the 6-foot, 181-pounder registered 41 tackles (2.0 for loss), a sack, an interception and four passes defended in 12 games. Winfield was in the headlines last April after he was stabbed by former corner Nasean Howard at an on-campus barbecue while trying to intervene in an altercation. He made a full recovery from that assault.
Feb 11 - 1:11 PM

West Virginia hired Alabama defensive graduate assistant Doug Belk to serve as cornerbacks coach.

Belk steps in for Danny Adams, who has accepted a job on Charlie Strong's staff at South Florida. This is a nice jumping off point into the coaching landscape for the three-year Tide assistant, as Belk has never held an on-field FBS job. In a statement, he said, "I’m excited to come to West Virginia University and be a part of a program that does an outstanding job of developing players and has a great winning tradition."
Source: USA Today
Feb 10 - 5:06 PM

West Virginia signed three-star JUCO T Kelby Wickline.

Wickline committed to North Carolina in November but officially flipped to West Virginia the next month. "Wickline is a good, tough offensive lineman who may not excel in any one way, but can be effective and well-rounded with ability to potentially help at tackle or guard," ESPN opined in a scouting report. Wickline will need to add weight to his 280-pound frame.
Source: ESPN
Feb 7 - 12:37 PM

The Charleston Gazette-Mail's Mike Casazza reports that West Virginia will hire Arizona assistant Tony Dews to serve in an unspecified capacity.

Dews has been on staff with Arizona for the past five seasons. He has previous ties to West Virginia, having served as both a graduate assistant and assistant coach with the Mountaineers in the past. Just what role he will take with West Virginia is not yet clear. The obvious fill would be in place of departed RB coach JaJuan Seider, who is taking the same position at Florida. However, Dews does not have experience in that specific capacity. That isn't to say that he won't be coming on as RB coach -- only that it would be a journey into uncharted waters.
Feb 5 - 2:25 PM

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 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


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