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Bruce Feldman of Sports Illustrated reports that West Virginia redshirt sophomore LB David Long (meniscus) will miss at least the first month of the 2017 season.

Long suffered the injury during off-season conditioning. As a redshirt freshman last season, he posted 63 tackles and 4.5 TFL. The fleet 5-foot-11, 230-pounder was one of three returning defensive starters for West Virginia. The Mountaineers do get back top-notch S Dravon Askew-Henry, who missed all of last year after suffering a season-ending knee injury during camp.
Source: SI
Jul 13 - 2:51 PM

West Virginia received a verbal commitment from three-star 2018 QB Trey Lowe.

"The first time Coach Spavital saw me threw he knew right then that he wanted me and I really like that about him. He's a real down to Earth coach and we have connected very well," Lowe explained of his commitment. The 6-foot-3, 175-pounder ranks as Rivals' No. 17 dual-threat quarterback in the 2018 class, but despite the outward "dual-threat" label, considers himself a pocket passer who happens to have wheels. West Virginia is now up to 11 commitments for the cycle.
Source: Rivals
Jul 11 - 8:57 PM

West Virginia junior WR Gary Jennings said that redshirt senior WR Ka'Raun White is "definitely progressing very well" from the broken leg which sidelined him in 2016.

Not exactly a medical report, here, but still nice to get an update on White's progression. He broke his leg in a win over Iowa State near the end of November and subsequently underwent surgery. Prior to his season's early end, the 6-foot-1, 200-pounder had caught 48 passes for 583 yards and five touchdowns over the course of 11 games played. White, Jennings, David Stills, Jovan Durante and Marcus Simms should all have extensive opportunity in HC Dana Holgorsen's air raid this coming season, as the Mountaineers are largely rebuilding their receiving corp in the absence of former top wideouts Shelton Gibson and Daikiel Shorts.
Jun 29 - 6:33 PM

Alabama sophomore WR T.J. Simmons transferred to West Virginia.

Simmons (6'2/201) played in 12 games as a true freshman last season. He was used in a special teams capacity and did not record a catch. The sophomore wideout showed out well during the team's spring game -- six catches for 82 yards and a touchdown -- but was on the outside looking in when it came to the depth chart heading into the summer. The former three-star recruit will have to sit out the 2017 campaign now that he has transferred to West Virginia, but will have three years eligibility remaining beginning in 2018.
Jun 26 - 12:13 PM

Former redshirt freshman TE Jovani Haskins transferred to West Virginia.

Haskins reunites with former Miami teammate QB Jack Allison on West Virginia's roster. The 6-foot-4, 245-pound tight end, a three-star recruit, ranked as ESPN's No. 15 TE prospect in the 2016 class. Haskins redshirted in 2016. He'll sit out in 2017 and have three years of eligibility remaining starting in 2018.
Jun 25 - 2:13 PM

The NCAA cleared West Virginia redshirt junior QB Will Grier for immediate eligibility in 2017.

Though expected, this news is a big win for the Mountaineers, who open the 2017 season versus Virginia Tech in Landover, Maryland. Grier's case was unique. While at Florida, he was suspended for one year in October 2015 after testing positive for performance enhancing drugs. Grier transferred to WVU in December 2015. Initially, it appeared as though Grier's suspension would pick up again after he fulfilled the NCAA's transfer-year requirements, forcing him to miss the first six games of the 2017 season. WVU's appeal asked the NCAA to run off the remainder of the suspension during the transfer year, which would grant Grier eligibility at the start of the 2017 season. Grier, who threw for 1,202 yards (65.6% completions) with a 10/3 TD/INT ratio across six games played at Florida in 2015, has two years of eligibility remaining.
Jun 20 - 1:46 PM

Miami redshirt freshman QB Jack Allison transferred to West Virginia.

Per the Charleston Gazette-Mail's Mike Casazza, Allison had initially been expected to transfer to a JUCO program. Change of plans, now, and he will instead follow in the footsteps of former Florida QB transfer Will Grier in joining the Mountaineers. Allison was a four-star recruit out of high school, but was unable to gain a clear foothold in the starting competition between Evan Shirreffs and Malik Rosier during spring practice. With West Virginia, he will have to sit out the 2017 season in order to satisfy NCAA transfer regulations.
Jun 13 - 7:46 PM

Miami redshirt freshman TE Jovani Haskins will transfer.

"I talked to Jovani and we both felt it was in his best interests to get a fresh start somewhere else. We wish him all the best in his future plans," said HC Mark Richt in a statement. The 6-foot-4, 245-pounder ranked as ESPN's No. 15 tight end prospect in the 2016 class. He would have to sit out a season to satisfy NCAA transfer regulations should he opt to move on to another FBS outfit.
Jun 13 - 4:28 PM

West Virginia junior WR David Sills caught six passes for 98 yards in the team's spring game.

That Sills is even a member of the team is something -- he had actually transferred to the JUCO ranks in the summer of 2016 before looping back around to rejoin the Mountaineers for the coming season. The 6-foot-4, 204-pounder has also transitioned from quarterback to wide receiver since his initial stint at West Virginia. ESPN's Jake Trotter writes that Sills "quickly positioned himself this spring as a go-to receiver for new QB Will Grier."
Source: ESPN.com
May 30 - 6:15 PM

ESPN's Mitch Sherman named West Virginia OLB/S Kyzir White the Mountaineers' best NFL prospect.

Havoc-loving defensive coordinator Tony Gibson has himself a stellar safety combination of Dravon Askew-Henry and White. White is the kind of hybrid safety-linebacker ("Spur safety") that West Virginia has developed in recent seasons to combat spread offenses with the 3-3-5 defense. At 6-foot-2, 220 pounds, White had 58 tackles, three sacks, and seven TFL in 12 starts last year. "He runs well for a big guy for what we do, but to play at the next level as a safety, he’d have to work on his overall speed," said Mountaineers S coach Matt Caponi. "He’s really built like an outside linebacker." Ka’Raun -- a starting receiver -- and Kyzir White are the younger brothers of Kevin Jr., who played for the Mountaineers in 2013-14 and was a first-round pick of the Bears in the 2015 NFL Draft.
Source: ESPN
May 23 - 1:22 PM

Bleacher Report's Kerry Miller believes West Virginia sophomore RB Kennedy McKoy will "eclipse 100 touches with room to spare" as the No. 2 back with a "significant role in the receiving game."

It's almost difficult to remember now, but it was McKoy -- and not Justin Crawford -- who replaced Rushel Shell in late October after Shell suffered an ankle injury. McKoy had 283 rushing yards on 5.3 yards per carry over the next two-and-a-half games before going down with his own injury, opening the door for Crawford. Crawford is the undisputed starter heading into the summer, but McKoy should pick up plenty of touches as his understudy. McKoy finished 2016 having converted 73 carries into 472 yards and four touchdowns. He chipped in nine receptions for 64 yards and another score.
May 21 - 2:30 PM

Penn State redshirt junior DT Brenon Thrift transferred to West Virginia.

Thrift has had himself a collegiate journey, having started his career at Temple in 2014 before moving on to the JUCO ranks in 2015 and then subsequently transferring over to Penn State. He did not appear in a game with the Nittany Lions last season. The 6-foot-3, 290-pounder will have to sit out the 2017 season due to NCAA transfer regulations and will have one season of eligibility remaining to his fair name with the Mountaineers starting in 2018.
May 16 - 5:30 PM

West Virginia HC Dana Holgorsen called redshirt junior QB Will Grier "as good as advertised."

"I like the kid's demeanor. He has complete control of the huddle...He has a really good idea of what we want to do offensively. His accuracy is outstanding," Holgorsen said. 6-foot-2, 200-pound Florida transfer Grier played well in the team's spring game, completing 12-of-18 passes for 202 yards. Prior to being suspended for a positive PED test at Florida during the 2015 season, Grier had thrown for 1,202 yards (65.6% completions) with a 10/3 TD/INT ratio across six games played. The NCAA still needs to approve him as being eligible to play in Week 1 of the coming campaign, but there has been no rumbling as of yet that this approval will not be forthcoming.
May 5 - 7:42 PM

Eagles signed West Virginia C Tyler Orlosky.

Orlosky (6’3/298) was a three-plus-year starter on the Mountaineers’ offensive line, manning center throughout his career and earning first-team All-Big 12 from the conference’s coaches as a senior. PFF College charged Orlosky with only one career sack allowed. Orlosky is severely undersized, however, and possesses short arms (32 ¼"). Also not particularly athletic, Orlosky is an overachiever who won with smarts and technical soundness at the college level.
May 1 - 2:09 PM

Eagles selected West Virginia WR Shelton Gibson with the No. 166 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Gibson (5’11/191) started for two years at WVU before going pro as a redshirt junior, tallying a career 84/1,898/17 (22.6! YPR) receiving line and averaging 23.5 yards on kickoff returns, including a 100-yard score as a sophomore. Billed as a burner, Gibson disappointed at the Combine with a 4.5-flat forty and lowly 15th-percentile SPARQ score. Like most ex-Mountaineer wideouts, Gibson enters the NFL with limited route experience. He also has small hands (8 7/8") and struggled with drops at West Virginia. Gibson was a dynamic college deep threat whose best NFL projection may be as a special teams ace.
Apr 29 - 3:02 PM


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