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UCLA redshirt senior DB Denzel Fisher transferred to West Virginia.

Fisher (6'1/175) is transferring after recording a mere 30 tackles in his career. He played as a backup and on special teams during his time at UCLA and is likely looking to get more playing time as a starter at West Virginia. Because he's a graduate transfer, He will be eligible to play for the Mountaineers in 2018 and should have an opportunity to see the field more.
Apr 8 - 11:11 AM

West Virginia has been forced to cancel Saturday's spring game due to snow in the forecast.

"You would expect to not have to worry about snow accumulation in April, but that’s the forecast," said Mountaineers AD Shane Lyons in a statement. The spring scrimmage will not be made up following Saturday's cancellation and WVU's spring session can now essentially be considered a wrap.
Apr 5 - 7:06 PM

USC redshirt senior DL Kenny Bigelow transferred to West Virginia.

Bigelow (6'3/300) was granted a rare sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA in November due to his suffering a pair of torn ACLs during his time with the Trojans -- he was forced to miss both the 2016 and 2014 seasons due to those severe knee injuries. After enrolling with USC as a five-star recruit in 2013, Bigelow went on to register just 11 total tackles for his injury-plagued career. The Mountaineers will see if they can cause that initial talent to spark for the coming season.
Apr 2 - 2:20 PM

West Virginia has placed transfer restrictions on departing DT Lamonte McDougal.

McDougal (5'10/295) confirmed that he had left the Mountaineers this week, but as tends to be the case with most transfers, there are a few stipulations on his future movements. For starters, he won't be allowed to stay in the Big 12. No surprise there. In addition, he's being blocked from a rather lengthy list of programs -- all non-conference foes that WVU is scheduled to play over the next four years. That's a lengthy list of programs which includes outwardly palatable transfer landing spots such as Tennessee, North Carolina State, Florida State, Missouri, Maryland and Virginia Tech. McDougal was a three-star recruit in the 2017 class and came on to post 23 tackles (4.0 for loss) and a pair of sacks while doing battle as a true freshman. Due to NCAA regulations, he'll be sitting out the coming campaign with his eventual new school so long as he remains in the FBS.
Mar 31 - 1:00 PM

West Virginia sophomore DT Lamonte McDougal has left the team.

McDougal (5'10/295) figures to be searching for a transfer home now that he's moved on. A three-star recruit in HC Dana Holgorsen's 2017 recruiting class, the defensive tackle registered 23 tackles (4.0 for loss) and a pair of sacks as a true freshman. Should he keep his transfer in the FBS, he would have to sit out the 2018 campaign in order to satisfy NCAA regulations.
Mar 29 - 2:09 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares West Virginia S Kyzir White to NFL safety Michael Boley.

White (6'2/216) has some of the best size of any safety in this class, and Zierlein notes his "gift wrapped, NFL-ready frame with good length and well-distributed musculation." He also calls him a forceful hitter who can be a force in the run game, but wonders if he has the speed to help in man coverage. Still, because of his thumping ability and his impressive instincts, Zierlein gives him a Day 2 grade, and he could be off the board before the end of the second round.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 12 - 2:15 PM

West Virginia S Kyzir White did not take part in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine.

We're not seeing word on any injury concern for White, so it's likely that he's just decided to train up for a little while longer before taking part in the WVU pro day 40-yard dash later this spring. The 6-foot-2, 216-pounder ranks as the No. 6 safety prospect on the rankings board of Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom.
Mar 5 - 6:10 PM

West Virginia RB Justin Crawford ran the 40-yard dash in 4.64 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Crawford (5'11/202) was unable to do much in the bench press on Thursday, managing a mere 11 hoists of the bar. His 40-yard sprint failed to impress one day later. He should be considered a fringe Day 3 possibility for the draft. NFL.com's Lance Zierlein sees him as an undrafted free agent when all is said and done.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 2 - 1:54 PM

West Virginia redshirt senior DL Jaleel Fields will transfer as a graduate.

Fields (6'1/298) initially joined the Mountaineers as a two-star recruit in 2014. He took a redshirt as a true freshman, then went on to record eight tackles for the 2015 season. He was subsequently sidelined for the 2016 campaign by a summer knee injury and came back to contribute minimally during the most recent season. As a graduate transfer, he'll be free to play with another FBS outfit in 2018 without having to sit out a year.
Feb 28 - 1:50 PM

West Virginia redshirt senior WR Ricky Rogers will transfer as a graduate.

Rogers (6'1/205) finishes his career with the Mountaineers having caught just three passes for 77 yards. The former three-star recruit will be eligible to play immediately as a graduate with his new team-to-be come the start of the 2018 season.
Feb 28 - 12:52 PM

West Virginia redshirt junior QB Chris Chugunov will transfer as a graduate.

Chugunov (6'1/203) played a bit role at the end of the season for the Mountaineers, coming on for an injured Will Grier to start the final two games of the 2017 campaign. He was not particularly impressive in starting action and with Grier set to return for one more run, will try to make a home elsewhere. He'll have two years eligibility remaining with his new program and will be allowed to play immediately in 2018 as a graduate transfer.
Feb 28 - 12:22 PM

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


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