West Virginia Mountaineers

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West Virginia senior CB Ishmael Banks has been suspended for three games due to an unspecified academic eligibility issue.

A previous report suggested Banks could be sidelined for the entire season. He has appeared in 36 games over the last three seasons and started every contest in 2013. Banks will miss games against Alabama, Towson and Maryland, but will likely return against Oklahoma on September 20.
Source: ESPN
Aug 25 - 4:04 PM

West Virginia senior CB Ishmael "Icky" Banks "is dealing with an academic eligibility issue that could sideline him this season," reports WV Metro News.

Banks, one of the Mountaineers' most valuable defenders, has appeared in 36 games the past three years and started every contest last season. "I’m still learning from him," sophomore Daryl Worley to Metro News two weeks ago. "There’s times when I feel myself getting overwhelmed and angry with myself and he can calm me down." For a Mountaineers defense which coughed up 263.3 passing yards per game last year and finished 106th overall in pass defense, this is potentially devastating news. Junior Terrell Chestnut would likely start across from Worley if Banks misses action.
Aug 19 - 2:03 AM

Former USC QB recruit David Sills has now committed to West Virginia.

The 6'3/200 lbs 2015 recruit decommitted from USC in June, and Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman suggested early on that WVU could be the destination. We can speculate Sills saw the writing on the wall when USC signed five-star recruit Ricky Town. If you remember, Sills was the seventh grader that gave his verbal commitment to Lane Kiffin. He is viewed as a four-star prospect by many services.
Jul 16 - 4:22 PM

FOXSports.com's Bruce Feldman speculated that West Virginia could be a possibility for high school QB David Sills, who decommitted from USC last week.

Sills saw the writing on the wall when the Trojans staked their future on five-star quarterback commit Ricky Town and has re-opened his recruiting. Some saw Sills as a prodigy back in middle school when Lane Kiffin acquired his verbal commitment as a seventh grader, but the Maryland prep has turned into "merely" a really good recruit -- he's the No. 14 pro-style QB according to Scout.com, the No. 21 QB according to 247 Sports and the No. 23 according to ESPN. West Virginia is the heavy early favorite for Sills, but the four-star recruit could also investigate scholarship offers from Boston College, Clemson, Maryland, Michigan, Virginia Tech, and a bevy of others.
Jun 29 - 2:49 PM

High school QB David Sills, who verbally committed to USC as a 13-year-old seventh grader, has decommitted, reports Scout.com.

Sills hasn't publicly stated his intentions, but one could make an educated guess after he retweeted Scout.com writer Brian Dohn's article. Sills reportedly cooled on the Trojans after they fired Lane Kiffin, to whom the signal-caller committed, and signed Ricky Town, the No. 2 pro-style quarterback in next year’s class. Sills, a 6-foot-3, 200-pound Maryland product, is a four-star recruit graded as the No. 14 pro-style QB in the country. He has scholarship offers from many teams, including West Virginia, Boston College, Clemson, Maryland, Michigan and Virginia Tech.
Source: Scout.com
Jun 29 - 1:35 PM

West Virginia HC Dana Holgorsen has named redshirt senior Clint Trickett the school's starting QB.

Trickett "worked hard last season and showed a lot of ability and leadership and deserves the chance to lead the team as a senior. He will be our starter," Holgorsen said. After transferring from FSU, Trickett started seven games but did not look overly impressive in any contest. It could be a make or break season for Holgorsen, and the team's high powered offense with Geno Smith, Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey will be tough to replicate.
Source: Blue Gold
Jun 25 - 9:53 AM

West Virginia senior QB Clint Trickett must improve on his accuracy to have any chance at the NFL, CBS Sports' Dane Brugler writes.

Trickett completed just 52.8 percent of his passes last season. He has received more attention than his talent deserves during his career, owing to the fact that he started games at Florida State and then walked into a seemingly perfect situation with the Mountaineers last year. Despite having a stellar running game and a creative coach, Trickett was unable to consistently move the chains. We don't see him as an NFL prospect.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 12 - 8:44 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes West Virginia OL Quinton Spain best fits at guard.

The 6-foot-5, 335-pounder played both tackle and guard last year for the Mountaineers. "He is stiff, tight-jointed and high cut, which shows up quite a bit during games, but he does have the body and length that coaches want to work with at the next level," Brugler wrote. "Spain's functional strength and timing are both question marks, but where he needs to improve the most is his hand placement, which is all over the place and causes him to fall off blocks or get grabby. His kickslide and blocking ability at the second level aren't strengths either, but it's also easier to mask his short-area skill-set when he lines up inside at guard." Brugler believes Spain is not assured of being drafted, despite possessing a few NFL traits: "[He] needs to improve in several areas this season."
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 12 - 7:59 PM

West Virginia junior S Karl Joseph was "was one of the few bright spots on an otherwise disappointing" defense last year, according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

Joseph collected 68 tackles last season while "displaying rangy play speed with the ability to make stops at every level of the field." The 5-foot-10, 200-pound safety runs a 4.63 forty. "Joseph tends to be an ankle biter at times and has room to clean up his tackling technique, but he is a more than willing run defender with the drive quickness to attack downhill," Brugler wrote. "He will take some unnecessary steps in coverage and needs to clean up his footwork, but is quick to recover and shows loose movements. Joseph's anticipation and instincts are still in the development phase, but he has shown improved eye use to make quick decisions and stay true to his aggressive nature." Brugler says the 25-game starter at free safety "is still far from hitting his football ceiling, making his NFL potential an intriguing storyline moving forward."
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 12 - 7:08 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes that there "aren't too many differences" between West Virginia senior RB Dreamius Smith and ex-Mountaineer RB Charles Sims.

"The second-leading rusher for West Virginia in 2013, Smith played behind Charles Sims last season, who was drafted 69th overall last month by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But on film, there really aren't too many differences in the two prospects. Smith has quick feet and lateral agility with a balanced lower body to make strong cuts and shake defenders," Brugler wrote. The 5-11, 220 pound Smith has the ideal size and physicality to his game, as well as the speed to take it the distance. Unfortunately with only two catches to his resume in 2013, Smith will have to show evaluators that he can be an effective pass-catcher out of the backfield in order to raise his stock.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 12 - 6:13 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that senior DE Shaquille Riddick reminds him of a "more polished version of Larry Webster Jr," who was a fourth round pick of the Lions in the draft last month.

"Although he's played at a lower level of competition, Riddick shows excellent ball awareness with zero give up in his play style, showing not only All-Big 12 potential, but also intriguing NFL upside. He reminds me of a more polished version of Larry Webster Jr., who was a fourth round pick of the Lions last month," Brugler wrote. Riddick played three years at Gardner-Webb in Boiling Springs, N.C., and will have one season of eligibility remaining to play with the Mountaineers. The 6-6, 244-pound Riddick earned FCS All-American honors and had 19 tackles for a loss, racking up 8.5 sacks as a junior in 2013.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 12 - 1:18 PM

NFL.com projects West Virginia senior RB Dreamius Smith as Charles Sims' replacement at starting halfback.

"Sims had the rare ability to be the primary ball carrier and be a threat out of the backfield, and that will be tough to find in just one back," wrote Bryan Fischer. "Luckily Dana Holgorsen has plenty of options in what should be the Big 12's deepest backfield." Smith will fight for a share of the playing time this summer with Wendell Smallwood, Andrew Buie, Pitt transfer Rushel Shell and true freshman Donte Thomas-Williams. Despite the loss of Sims, don't expect a dropoff in the rushing attack.
Source: NFL.com
May 26 - 6:23 PM

Gardner-Webb senior DE Shaquille Riddick has transferred to West Virginia.

Riddick has one season of eligibility remaining as a graduate student, so he will play immediately for the Mountaineers. He recorded 19 tackles for loss as a junior in 2013, 8.5 of which were sacks.
May 19 - 1:32 PM

Bengals selected West Virginia DE Will Clarke with the No. 88 overall pick in the NFL draft.

Clarke (6-foot-6, 271) ranked second in the Big 12 in tackles for loss (17) as a senior, adding six sacks. A high-ceiling prospect with a long, wiry frame, Clarke's college tape was maddeningly inconsistent, but he is very light on his feet and looks like an NFL small forward on the field. He ran a 4.77 forty at the Combine with a 32-inch vertical and 22 reps on the bench. Clarke may need a year before he's ready to contribute, but offers NFL starter potential as a left end. He'll compete for playing time initially with Margus Hunt, Wallace Gilberry, and Robert Geathers. Carlos Dunlap has moved to right end.
May 9 - 10:48 PM

Buccaneers selected West Virginia RB Charles Sims with the No. 69 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Sims (5-foot-11 7/8, 214) will be a 24-year-old rookie after a five-year college career, spending his first four at Houston before finishing at WVU. He's joining a crowded backfield in Tampa. All told, Sims turned 592 carries into 3,465 yards (5.85 YPC) and 40 touchdowns, adding a whopping 203 receptions. Sims ran 4.48 at the Combine with a 37 1/2-inch vertical and impressive 10-foot-6 broad jump. Sims isn't flashy on film, but has some Matt Forte/DeMarco Murray to him with a linear running style but outstanding vision, plus burst and arguably the best receiving/pass pro combination in the draft. Even if Sims lacks franchise-runner upside, he should assimilate quickly in the NFL. The fact that the Bucs were willing to spend a third-round pick makes Sims a good bet for No. 2 duties behind Doug Martin. His selection is bad news for Bobby Rainey and Mike James
May 9 - 10:04 PM


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