West Virginia Mountaineers

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ESPN's Brandon Chatmon believes Wendall Smallwood’s departure means early-enrollee RB Kennedy McKoy can "make an impact during his first season in Morgantown."

McKoy was only a three-star prospect in the 2016 class, but Smallwood was also only a three-star recruit coming out of high school. "McKoy is similar to Smallwood and Charles Sims as a running back who can contribute with his hands in the passing game," Chatmon wrote. "West Virginia doesn’t need him to make an immediate impact with Rushel Shell and Donte Thomas-Williams already on campus, but McKoy’s versatility and decision to enroll early could help him carve a third-down role or special teams spot in the spring."
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 9 - 6:41 PM

Four-star LB Brendan Ferns signed with West Virginia.

Ferns drew interest of varying degrees from Alabama, Duke, Arizona and Cincinnati prior to signing with the Mountaineers. The 6-foot-3, 225-pounder tried his hand on the offensive side of things with St. Clairsville High School as a senior, but he'll put such child's play behind him under HC Dana Holgorsen. Scout.com analyst Allen Trieu wrote that Ferns "has the quickness and ball skills to be effective in coverage at the next level, but can also come forward as a blitzer and rush the passer."
Source: scout.com
Feb 3 - 7:08 PM

West Virginia senior ILB Nick Kwiatkoski's "instincts and recognition are off the charts," according to the eyes of Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl.

Weidl adds the linebacker has "fast eyes" which helps with "locating and reacting." Kwiatkoski did not stand out during Senior Bowl week, but that can be a difficult task with tackling limited to first contact in many situations. The 6'2/235 lbs linebacker was a mainstay in the middle of the Mountaineers' defense this season.
Feb 1 - 12:26 PM

West Virginia P Nick O'Toole accepted an invite to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

O'Toole's built pretty well for a punter. He stands 6-foot-3, 228 pounds. This past season, he averaged 45.4 yards per punt with a long kick of 65 yards. You'll recognize him easily enough in the game, as he has a beard that would make even the most isolated mountain man blush.
Jan 17 - 1:29 PM

West Virginia redshirt senior T Marquis Lucas accepted an invite to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

Lucas was a rock on the line for the Mountaineers in 2015. OL coach Ron Cook said in late December, "You look at Marquis and players like that, those are the guys you lean on." The 6-foot-4, 313-pound redshirt senior's family was actually homeless when he was a teenager, which makes his rise with West Virginia all the more remarkable.
Jan 16 - 4:36 PM

West Virginia hired former Texas OL coach Joe Wickline to serve as offensive coordinator.

Wickline had been working in the trenches as the Longhorns' OL coach each of the last two seasons, but was fired in December. He already has a connection with HC Dana Holgorsen, as the two worked together at Oklahoma State in 2010. In a statement, Holgorsen said, "Joe brings a wealth of experience and his resume speaks volumes of his ability to build top offensive lines, as well as being a prominent voice in developing offensive units." In additional Mountaineer coaching news, the team's also hired Arizona State safeties coach Matt Caponi to serve in the same capacity.
Jan 14 - 8:00 PM

West Virginia senior S K.J. Dillon accepted an invitation to play in the Senior Bowl.

Dillon was named to the All Big-12 Second Team this fall after breaking through for 49 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, two interceptions and eight pass breakups during the regular season. The physical 6-foot-1, 205-pounder has experience at free and strong safety and the "Spur" position (hybrid safety/linebacker). He has long arms and is a sure tackler. If Dillon slides to Day 3, it's because his ball skills need work and his quickness may not translate to the 40-yard dash.
Source: Senior Bowl
Jan 10 - 7:21 PM

West Virginia junior RB Wendell Smallwood announced on Twitter that he will forgo his senior and enter the NFL Draft.

The 5-foot-11, 201-pound Smallwood had an outstanding season for the Mountaineers, rushing for 1,519 yards and nine touchdowns this season. The West Virginia prospect surpassed 100 yards rushing in eight games this year, managing at least 72 yards in every game, while taking home the Big 12 rushing title.
Jan 7 - 3:17 PM

West Virginia junior CB Daryl Worley has declared for the 2016 NFL Draft.

Worley missed out on the team's 43-42 win over Arizona State in the Cactus Bowl due to a missed academic deadline. And now his career with the Mountaineers is over and done with. In December, the 6-foot-1, 199-pound junior addressed draft speculation, saying that "it’s something we’ve all thought about since we started playing. When you feel like it’s in arm’s reach, you definitely feel like you should go grab it. But at the end of the day, there are a lot of things you have to weigh. I’ll talk to my coaches and my family about all the things that factor into it." He requested an evaluation from the NFL Draft Advisory Board in December. Said report suggested he should return to school, but Worley won't be following that advice. He won't be following the advice of HC Dana Holgorsen either, as Holgorsen indicated that he didn't believe Worley or RB's Wendell Smallwood and Rushel Shell would be drafted. While this is dark and ominous, Worley did record six picks in 2015.
Jan 3 - 10:14 PM

West Virginia junior RB Wendell Smallwood rushed for 72 yards on 14 carries in Saturday's 43-42 win over Arizona State in the Motel 6 Cactus Bowl.

The two teams combined to attempt 103 passes, so as you might expect, the running game wasn't a huge factor here. Smallwood rushed for 72 yards (5.5 YPC, long run of 24 yards), while Arizona State's Demario Richard managed just 48 (4.4 YPC, long run of 22). Relatively quiet effort aside, the 5-foot-11, 201-pound Smallwood proved steady as a rock during the 2015 campaign, rushing for 1,519 yards and nine touchdowns. He surpassed 100 yards rushing eight times and managed at least 72 yards in every game.
Jan 3 - 3:20 AM

West Virginia redshirt sophomore WR Shelton Gibson caught four passes for 143 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 43-42 win over Arizona State in the Motel 6 Cactus Bowl.

Gibson hauled in a 59-yard touchdown pass from QB Skyler Howard midway through the second quarter for his lone score on the evening. The 5-foot-11, 188-pound speedster might have only caught four passes, but he averaged an immaculate 35.8 yards per reception. When he's been able to find room to work downfield, he's been dynamite this season. Alas, the consistency hasn't always been there. He has receiving efforts of 130, 118, 148 and 143 yards for the 2015 campaign, but those were his only 100-yard games on the ledger. Gibson finishes out with 37 catches for 887 yards and nine touchdowns.
Jan 3 - 3:06 AM

West Virginia junior QB Skyler Howard completed 28-of-51 passes for 532 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions in Saturday's 43-42 win over Arizona State in the Motel 6 Cactus Bowl.

Those who stayed up into the wee hours of the morning for some late bowl action were treated to quite the shootout between the Sun Devils and Mountaineers. The two teams' combined offenses racked up 1,196 total yards. Howard connected on two of his five touchdown passes in the second quarter, then tossed three more in the second half. His final one would prove to be the difference, as he hit David Still on a 15-yarder with 2:19 left in the contest to boost his squad to a 43-42 lead, which would stand as the final. The 6-foot, 202-pound junior's offensive explosion stands in stark contrast to his season-long game logs. Entering Saturday's action, Howard had just one game of more than 300 yards passing. And that came in the season-opener. He finishes the 2015 campaign with 3,145 passing yards and a 26/14 TD/INT ratio.
Jan 3 - 2:48 AM

West Virginia HC Dana Holgorsen indicated that redshirt senior TE Cody Clay (quad) should be healthy enough to play against Arizona State in Saturday's Cactus Bowl.

Clay suffered a quad injury in the Mountaineers' season finale against Kansas State. It kept the 6-foot-4, 265-pound redshirt senior from practicing on Thursday, but Holgorsen said, "He hasn’t missed a snap his whole career, so I anticipate him being full speed and ready to go." Entering Saturday evening's tilt against Arizona State, Clay had caught just two passes for eight yards. Both catches went for touchdowns.
Jan 2 - 5:34 PM

West Virginia junior CB Daryl Worley, freshman WR Jovon Durante, senior DL Eric Kinsey and freshman S Kevin Williams will miss the Motel 6 Cactus Bowl against Arizona State due to academic issues.

Worley's loss is tough to make up. The 6-foot-1, 199-pound junior was an All-Big 12 first-teamer this past season on the strength of six interceptions and 12 pass breakups. HC Dana Holgorsen indicated that Worley was late turning in homework and missed the NCAA bowl certification deadline. Had he made that deadline, he would have been deemed eligible. The other three Mountaineers in question, though, have all been deemed academically ineligible through and through.
Source: ESPN.com
Wed, Dec 30, 2015 12:37:00 AM

The West Virginia Mountaineers (7-5) will play the Arizona State Sun Devils (6-6) in the Cactus Bowl on Jan. 2.

The spread is pick 'em. The Sun Devils get home field advantage at Chase Field in Phoenix, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Behind a disruptive front and athletic LBs Antonio Longino and Salamo Fiso, ASU leads the FBS with 44 sacks and ranks No. 5 with 101 TFLs. The offense will play without coordinator Mike Norvell, who left to take over at Memphis. ASU's rotation of downhill RBs Demario Richard and Kalen Ballage can be highly effective. The offense's success generally comes down to how well QB Mike Bercovici plays. He's got a nice arm and tests vertically with WRs Tim White and Devin Lucien (17 balls for 390 yards and four TDs over the last two games). WVU will provide an interesting test. The Mountaineers are hyper-aggressive and intercepted 23 passes (six by star CB Daryl Worley). As a group, the secondary makes big plays and surrenders them as well. QB Skyler Howard must right the ship after completing less than 50 percent passes in four of his last seven.
Source: SB Nation
Tue, Dec 29, 2015 05:10:00 PM


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