West Virginia Mountaineers

West Virginia Mountaineers

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West Virginia redshirt senior G Adam Pankey has been suspended for the season-opener against Missouri.

Pankey was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence a little over a week ago after police came upon his car upended on the side of the road. The 6-foot-5, 324-pounder suffered minor injuries in the solo crash, but nothing that required hospitalization. "We hold these guys to high expectations," said HC Dana Holgorsen, "and when you don’t meet that, there’s going to be consequences." Tony Matteo is expect to start at left guard in his place for the opener against Missouri. Holgorsen indicated that Pankey's status would be reevaluated following that game. He started 12 games in 2015.
Aug 24 - 3:17 PM

West Virginia senior QB Skyler Howard admitted that "[m]y completion percentage definitely needs some work."

Mountaineers HC Dana Holgorsen has been using August as a laboratory to help Howard hone his pocket-passing skills, particularly when it comes to intermediate routes. The 6-foot, 202-pounder completed just 54.8% of his attempts a season ago. He finished the campaign having thrown for 3,145 yards with a 26/14 TD/INT ratio. In addition, Howard rushed for 502 yards and six touchdowns. His fantasy appeal is limited to deeper leagues.
Aug 23 - 12:55 PM

West Virginia redshirt senior G Adam Pankey was arrested and charged with driving under the influence on Saturday night.

Police discovered Pankey's car flipped over on the side of the road, with the 6-foot-5, 324-pounder still inside following a solo accident (no other cars involved). He did suffer minor injuries, but they did not require hospitalization. In a statement, HC Dana Holgorsen said, "I have been made aware of the situation and am gathering the facts at this time. When all the facts are in I will take appropriate action." Pankey started 12 games at left guard last season.
Aug 14 - 1:18 PM

West Virginia redshirt senior RB Rushel Shell is sitting out Saturday's scrimmage with a concussion.

Shell has recently been held out of practice. When asked about his absences, HC Dana Holgorsen said, "He's been concussed." So there's that. This is one to keep an eye on, simply because return times on concussions can vary wildly. Last season, the 6-foot, 215-pound Shell rushed for 708 yards (4.4 YPC) and eight touchdowns.
Aug 13 - 2:35 PM

West Virginia junior S Dravon Askew-Henry will miss the 2016 season due to a torn left ACL.

Askew-Henry tore his ACL during practice on Wednesday. In a statement, HC Dana Holgorsen said, "Without a doubt, Dravon was one of our leaders on and off the field. We will support him through his recovery and work with him to get him 100 percent back to health." Last season, the 5-foot-11, 200-pounder started all 13 games and registered 59 tackles, an interception and four pass breakups. Toyous Avery should see increased work in Askew-Henry's absence.
Aug 13 - 1:16 PM

West Virginia redshirt senior DL Larry Jefferson is no longer listed on the team's active roster following a Tuesday arrest.

According to a criminal complaint, Jefferson was arrested and charged with possession on Tuesday after he was stopped by authorities who were investigating a brandishing incident. They allegedly found small quantities of cocaine and marijuana. The 6-foot-5, 225-pounder might logically have received a more lenient punishment than outright exile from West Virginia had he not already been serving an indefinite suspension for a violation of team rules this spring.
Jul 29 - 2:18 PM

ESPN's Brett McMurphy reports that Florida State and West Virginia are nearing agreement on a season-opening clash for 2020.

Per McMurphy, the match-up that is being discussed would open the 2020 season at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. The Seminoles and Mountaineers have never played in the regular season, but they have tangoed in a trio of bowl games (2010, 2005, 1982). FSU won all three of those contests. An added piece of intrigue here -- one that you are sure to hear about plenty on September 5, 2020 -- is that FSU HC Jimbo Fisher is a native of West Virginia.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 27 - 12:52 PM

West Virginia HC Dana Holgorsen said that he was "sick" of playing regular season games on championship Saturday.

"It pisses me off. We miss a week of recruiting, and it's not a championship game," Holgorsen said. "It has not made sense to me." He also asked, "Who cares about that?" in response to the fact that his team lost to Kansas State on championship Saturday last season. Said Holgorsen, "The only way it matters is if it's a true championship game, the way every other conference is doing it." You have to appreciate Holgorsen's honesty, though his squad will need to make major strides off their 8-5 2015 campaign if they want a realistic shot of facing off with one of the big boys come 2017.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 20 - 3:48 PM

Former West Virginia WR Stedman Bailey joined the team as a student assistant coach.

Bailey was drafted by the Rams with the 92nd pick of the 2013 draft. He posted his best professional season the following year, catching 30 passes for 435 yards and a touchdown. Last November, though, tragedy struck after Bailey was shot twice in the head while sitting in a car with his family. He survived that assault, but has not been cleared to resume football proper. In a statement, Bailey said he is not calling it quits on his playing career, but would like further time to heal before reassessing his options. In addition to his first foray into the world of coaching, Bailey will enroll at the university as a full-time student in order to finish his bachelor's degree in multidisciplinary studies.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 18 - 2:05 PM

West Virginia senior C Tyler Orlosky is the top-graded returning center in college football, per Pro Football Focus.

Orlosky allowed merely 10 pressures over 1,094 pass blocking snaps over the past two years. He wasn't one-dimensional, either, chipping in a +16.9 run blocking grade that tied for No. 9 in the FBS last fall. "He doesn’t lose many blocks in West Virginia’s zone-heavy system, giving his running backs a chance to pick up yards on either the front or back side of the play," Steve Palazzolo wrote. PFF sees Orlosky as the No. 60 returning player in college football.
Jul 15 - 7:10 PM

Tennessee redshirt sophomore OL Ray Raulerson transferred to West Virginia.

Raulerson indicated near the end of June that he was looking to transfer to a program that would allow him more potential playing time. Last season, the 6-foot-4, 287-pounder appeared in five games while serving as a third center for the Volunteers. He will have to sit out the 2016 season, but will have two years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2017. West Virginia's starting center, Tyler Orlosky, is heading into his redshirt senior season and his presumed departure at the end of this coming season should at least allow Raulerson a shot at competing for increased snaps come next spring.
Jul 2 - 12:29 PM

Four-star 2017 WR Mike Harley committed to West Virginia.

Assuming HC Dana Holgorsen can keep Harley in the fold through National Signing Day, this could be a really nice under-the-radar summer commitment for the Mountaineers. The 5-foot-10, 153-pound wideout ranks as Rivals' No. 222 prospect for the 2017 cycle, while ESPN 300 notes that he "[s]hows very good football instincts and has a very nice feel for the position." Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell singled him out as having the best footwork of any player at the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge earlier this month. As for his future role with West Virginia, Harley said, "They are going to use me in the slot for some of the time, but they will put be outside for deep balls, too. They’re going to move me around depending on the plays and the situation."
Jun 26 - 6:38 PM

Tennessee redshirt sophomore OL Ray Raulerson indicated that he was looking into transfer destinations.

"I'm exploring options right now," Raulerson said, later adding, "I really loved it at Tennessee, but I'm going to go to a place where I have a better chance to play." The 6-foot-4, 287-pounder came to the decision to transfer after talking with Volunteer coaches last week. He hopes to find a new home by the end of the summer, preferably within the FBS. Raulerson is comfortable with the fact that he would have to sit out a year. A member of the 2014 recruiting class, Raulerson was graded as a consensus three-star prospect out of high school.
Jun 26 - 12:11 PM

Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell predicts that four-star 2017 WR Mike Harley will commit to USC.

Harley does not actually hold an offer from USC at this juncture, but Farrell sees one coming later this summer. The analyst was all a-flutter over Harley at the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge in Atlanta earlier in June, tagging him as the prospect with the best footwork -- regardless of position -- among that loaded collection of future stars. Farrell loves his ability to cut and change direction. The 5-foot-10, 153-pounder ranks as Rivals' No. 222 prospect for the 2017 cycle. He will need to pack on a few pounds once he hits college.
Source: Rivals
Jun 25 - 4:46 PM

Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell wrote that four-star 2017 WR Mike Harley showcased "the best footwork, regardless of position [at the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge]."

Farrell noted that Harley "cuts on a dime and just sets up defensive backs so well." The 5-foot-10, 153-pounder plays his high school ball at the football factory that is St. Thomas Aquinas in Florida and has received offers from the likes of Michigan, Mississippi State, NC State, Washington State and Wisconsin. "He’s not very big," Farrell wrote, "but try dealing with his change of direction or even his ability to make you miss after the catch even in 7-on-7. He’s a blur."
Source: Rivals
Jun 23 - 2:57 PM


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