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An AFC South scout says West Virginia WR Shelton Gibson possesses "ridiculous speed."

"He runs by people like they are standing still like DeSean Jackson used to do at Cal," the scout said. NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Gibson to Corey Coleman, one of the speed merchants from last year's class. "While his hands can be a little inconsistent underneath and his routes are underdeveloped, his size-speed combination will offer a team a homerun hitter who forces defenses to keep a safety shaded his way," Zierlein wrote. "Gibson could be a low-volume, high-impact starter fairly early in his career."
Source: NFL.com
Mar 24 - 12:31 PM

West Virginia HC Dana Holgorsen will cede offensive play-calling duties to OC Jake Spavital in 2017.

"You have to spend as much time recruiting as you possibly can, fundraising is a big part of what we do, the game management aspect of it -- although I don’t think it’s been bad -- it’s hard to do," said Holgorsen. He has been in this situation, except in the reverse, before, when he was hired at Oklahoma State under HC Mike Gundy. Gundy handed off play-calling honors to Holgorsen in 2010. That worked out splendidly and ultimately served as a springboard for his hiring at West Virginia. As for Spavital, the new Mountaineers offensive coordinator has previous experience calling plays at Texas A&M and Cal.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 14 - 6:59 PM

West Virginia CB Rasul Douglas was likened to former teammates Daryl Worley by NFL Media's Lance Zierlein.

Douglas went from an unknown entity at the junior college level to a first-team All-Big 12 selection and NFL prospect following a 2016 season in which he tied for the national lead with eight interceptions. Douglas added 70 tackles, 3.5 TFL and eight pass breakups last season. "There is no doubting Douglas' ability to make plays on the ball when he's in position, but his lack of long speed and closing burst could make his big senior season an anomaly," Zierlein wrote. "Douglas is a zone corner with press and trail ability." The 6-foot-2, 204-pound Douglas posted a poor 4.59 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 13 - 6:31 PM

West Virginia CB Rasul Douglas posted a 4.59 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine on Monday.

NFL Media's Bucky Brooks listed Douglas as a Combine "loser" on Tuesday. In addition to narrowly cracking the 4.6-second mark in the 4, Douglas "labored a bit in the positional drills," according to the analyst. "As a 'big' corner with limited speed and movement skills, Douglas could see his stock plummet on draft day," Brooks wrote.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 7 - 2:33 PM

West Virginia WR Shelton Gibson told CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler that he is aiming to break Chris Johnson's record in the 40-yard dash this weekend.

We hear it every year. Player X says that they will break Johnson's 40-yard dash record of 4.24 seconds, set back during the 2008 Combine. In the intervening years, nobody has broken the speed of light to surpass that mark. Gibson is a burner and should be able to clock a 40 in the mid-to-high 4.3's, but 4.24 seconds might be a bridge too far. Stay tuned.
Mar 3 - 4:57 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein says West Virginia DT Christian Brown has "enough ability to become a rotational interior defender if a team can help him iron out his pad-level issues."

"Athletic defensive tackle who has been more solid than good," Zierlein wrote. "Brown lacks the size along the interior but does come off the ball with some quickness and has moldable attributes." Brown must learn to prevent blockers from getting underneath his pads, which results in getting driven off his spot. He has experience at the nose, three-technique and five-technique.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 24 - 3:47 PM

Though NFL scouts rated West Virginia CB Rasul Douglas as a UDFA coming into the season, according to Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline, the analyst believes Douglas "could end up as a third-round pick."

"The fact that Douglas measured 6-foot-2 and 204 pounds during Senior Bowl weigh-ins only makes him more attractive to NFL teams," Pauline wrote. "I feel he’s one of the better bump-and-run corners in the draft but will struggle in any system that asks him to play backed off the line of scrimmage." Last season, his first as a starter, Douglas was a Walter Camp All-American after leading the nation with eight interceptions.
Feb 20 - 4:58 PM

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


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