West Virginia Mountaineers

West Virginia Mountaineers

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West Virginia redshirt sophomore QB David Israel will transfer.

Israel (6'1/170) was a junior college transfer that will end up never playing a snap for West Virginia. With starter Will Grier returning for the 2018 season, Isreal will look for an opportunity to play elsewhere.
Feb 21 - 7:49 PM

West Virginia redshirt junior DE Adam Shuler will transfer.

According to a team spokesman, Shuler (6'4/268) will focus on a track and field career moving forward. Shotput and discus were the two events at which he most excelled while in high school. He was a productive performer for the Mountaineers last season, recording 37 tackles (8.0 for loss) and three sacks over the course of 12 games played. He started the first 10 games of the campaign before JUCO transfer Ezekiel Rose pushed him out for the final three contests.
Source: 247Sports
Feb 21 - 3:38 PM

West Virginia hired former Toledo RB coach Marquel Blackwell to serve in the same capacity.

Blackwell spent two years as the Toledo RB coach, coming over to the Rockets after being a quality control specialist for Florida. He replaces Tony Dews, who leaves the Mountaineers to join Mike Vrabel and the Tennessee Titans to be their new running backs coach. Blackwell has also coached for USF and Western Kentucky, but is most well-known for his work with Kansas City Chiefs star Kareem hunt with Toledo.
Feb 16 - 9:31 PM

The Tennessee Titans hired West Virginia RB coach Tony Dews to serve in the same capacity.

The Titans earlier this winter pillaged the FBS in grabbing Ohio State CB coach Kerry Coombs for Mike Vrabel's staff. Now Dews exits stage left for the NFL after spending one year as running backs coach with West Virginia. Expect the Mountaineers to find a replacement in relatively short order with spring practice just around the corner.
Feb 6 - 2:07 PM

West Virginia signed 2018 four-star JUCO redshirt junior S Josh Norwood.

Norwood transferred out of Ohio State last May and skipped down to the JUCO level for a season. Ranked by Rivals as the No. 44 cornerback recruit in the country for the 2015 cycle, Norwood boosted his stock in 2017. He's now safety. West Virginia, of course, has produced multiple NFL safeties under Dana Holgorsen. "His skill-set allows him to be a complete safety," ESPN noted of Norwood. "He attacks the run lane and hits with bad intentions (tone setter)" and uses "sound fundamentals, instincts, awareness and ball-hawking ability" in coverage.
Source: ESPN
Jan 31 - 9:10 PM

In the final release of the Rivals250 for the 2018 cycle, West Virginia four-star 2018 DT Dante Stills received a boost of 34 spots.

Stills (6'4/263) sat at an even No. 150 in the previous release. Up to No. 116, now. He had been committed to the Mountaineers since August and put pen to paper on his NLI in December. He possesses quick-twitch athleticism and explosion in spades, with the more technical aspects still less-than-polished. These kinds of somewhat raw prospects sometimes are more likely to redshirt.
Source: Rivals
Jan 24 - 2:20 PM

ESPN's Jake Trotter reports that West Virginia redshirt senior QB Will Grier (finger) has been medically cleared to begin throwing.

Grier underwent surgery to repair a broken middle metacarpal in his right (throwing) hand in November and subsequently missed the regular-season finale, plus WVU's bowl loss to Utah. His recovery is worth monitoring over the coming weeks -- just how available he'll be for the start of spring practice is an open question -- but that he has already been cleared for throwing work is an encouraging sign. Barring setback, he will almost certainly be fully recovered from the broken finger when West Virginia takes on Tennessee to kick off the 2018 season come Sep. 1. Grier threw for 3,490 yards with a 34/12 TD/INT ratio during his injury-curtailed 2017 campaign.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 23 - 1:22 PM

West Virginia promoted senior football analyst Dan Gerberry to assistant coach.

Gerberry will begin his new job on Jan. 9, the first day that the NCAA's freshly-minted rule allowing a 10th assistant coach kicks into effect. Gerberry's exact role has not been specified, but he's expected to work on the offensive side. This will be his second go-round with the Mountaineers, having previously worked in the program as a graduate assistant during the 2015 season.
Source: WVU Wire
Jan 7 - 1:40 PM

West Virginia senior S Kyzir White accepted an invitation to play in the Reese's Senior Bowl.

White (6'2/228) is the younger brother of Chicago Bears wideout Kevin White, and the safety finished the 2017 season with 94 tackles and three interceptions. He also had 7.5 tackles for loss, so he's shown the ability to play close to the line of scrimmage, and some believe he'll be a linebacker at the next level. He's currently projected as mid-round selection in the 2018 draft.
Jan 4 - 6:55 PM

West Virginia senior RB Justin Crawford accepted an invitation to the College Gridiron Showcase.

Crawford (6'0/200) will be on hand for the CGS from Jan. 6-10 as he tries to make his mark with NFL scouts and evaluators. He's been named second team All-Big 12 each of the past two seasons. For this most recently wrapped campaign, the Mountaineers back rushed for 1,060 yards (5.5 YPC) and seven touchdowns. He's an elusive back with nice vision, one who's proven adept at making quick cuts. Crawford figures to run the 40-yard dash in the mid-4.4's (maybe low 4.5's) in athletic testing and should draw interest on Day 3. Draft Analyst currently stamps him with a sixth-round grade.
Jan 2 - 3:45 PM

West Virginia signed four-star 2018 QB Woodrow Lowe.

Lowe is the grandson of College Football Hall of Famer Woodrow Lowe, a three-time All-American for Alabama at linebacker. The 6-foot-3, 196-pound quarterback ranked 23rd in 247 Sports rankings, but came in at 13th in the positional rankings by ESPN. Scouting reports suggest there are some mechanical issues to kink out, but the arm strength is legit, and he's capable of making plays with his legs. This could be the replacement for Will Grier after the 2018 campaign.
Tue, Dec 26, 2017 07:58:00 PM

West Virginia junior WR David Sills did not catch a pass during Tuesday's 31-14 loss to Utah in the Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl.

None of this is Sills' fault, as the West Virginia offense was essentially MIA with QB Will Grier (finger) sitting out. It's a sour note to end the season on, particularly given that Sills -- a converted quarterback -- hauled in an FBS-best 18 touchdown passes this year. Both he and Grier will be returning to West Virginia next season as they try to keep their psychic mindmeld going.
Tue, Dec 26, 2017 06:42:00 PM

West Virginia redshirt sophomore QB Chris Chugunov completed 9-of-28 passes for 129 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions in Tuesday's 30-14 loss to Utah in the Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl.

Chugunov drew the start -- his third consecutive -- in place of Will Grier (finger) and played exactly as poorly as his final stat line. He did not connect on a touchdown pass until the fourth quarter, when the game was already essentially in hand for the Utes. The 6-foot-1, 203-pound redshirt sophomore failed to throw for 200 yards in any of his trio of starts this year. Grier will be returning to WVU for the 2018 season. They really, really could have used him on Tuesday.
Tue, Dec 26, 2017 05:06:00 PM

West Virginia redshirt junior T Yodny Cajuste will return for his final season of collegiate eligibility in 2018.

The Mountaineers are returning three of their key offensive, draft-eligible pieces in Cajuste, QB Will Grier and WR David Sills. For his part, the 6-foot-5, 304-pound Cajuste was a 12-game starter this season. Following the campaign, he was named second-team All-Big 12 for his work on the line. West Virginia ranked ninth in the country in terms of fewest tackles for loss surrendered this year.
Thu, Dec 21, 2017 04:15:00 PM

West Virginia redshirt junior QB Will Grier (finger) will not play in the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl on Dec. 26 against Utah.

At a Wednesday news conference announcing the news, WVU HC Dana Holgorsen told reporters that convincing Grier to return for the 2018 season was "the most important part" of his early signing day. He's not kidding. The Mountaineers' offense crumbled after Grier broke the middle finger of his throwing hand in grotesque fashion against Texas last month. QB2 Chris Chuganov has really struggled, and it's difficult to envision him elevating his game against Utah's strong defense. Luckily for West Virginia, Grier will be back to run the offense in 2018. He went 250-of-388 for 3,490 yards and a 34/12 TD/INT rate this season.
Wed, Dec 20, 2017 02:35:00 PM


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