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NFL Films' Greg Cosell is intrigued by West Virginia RB Charles Sims.

Cosell threw out the popular comparison of Sims to Bears RB Matt Forte. "I don't think he's quite as smooth and fluid a runner as Forte," Cosell said. "He doesn't have sort of that natural fluidity. He's a little choppy and a little stop and start. But he's got really good acceleration. He can get to the perimeter. He's a really good receiver. So he's got that runner-receiver multi-dimensional skill set that brings to mind a Matt Forte." Sims is a great receiver out of the backfield despite having small hands (8 1/4 inches) and he has the size (6-foot, 215 pounds) to handle NFL punishment.
Mar 27 - 12:19 AM

NFL.com's Gil Brandt believes West Virginia senior RB Charles Sims "will surprise some people in the NFL."

"He can really catch the ball well, which is what teams are looking for out of a running back, and does so despite having small hands (8 1/4 inches). You usually don’t find guys who are as good a receiver as Sims with those size hands," Brandt wrote on Friday. Sims transferred from the Houston Cougars to West Virginia for his senior year, where he rushed for 1,095 yards and 11 touchdowns. Sims could be one of the most complete running backs in this year's draft.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 21 - 6:49 PM

West Virginia DE Will Clarke led the list of NFL.com writer Charles Davis' defensive draft sleepers.

"His 6-foot-6, 271-pound frame makes him look more like an outside linebacker, but Clarke has been a defensive end," wrote Davis. "He has a tremendous motor and never gives up on a play. He's known more for his pass-rushing ability, but he holds the point of attack better than you might expect from a guy his size." Clarke is a surprisingly agile athlete who will need to continue packing weight onto his wiry frame.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 7 - 12:20 AM

Tony Gibson will be named defensive coordinator at West Virginia, reports CBS Sports' Bruce Feldman.

Former defensive boss Keith Patterson left for Arizona State last week. The 41-year-old Gibson is being promoted from secondary coach and will retain the Mountaineers' 3-4 scheme. He was the defensive coordinator at West Virginia Tech between 1999-2000. This is no plum job: WVU allowed 33.3 points per game in 2013.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 13 - 2:05 PM

Senior Bowl Director Phil Savage was pleasantly surprised with West Virginia DE Will Clarke's work in practice.

Clarke stands a towering 6-foot-7, 271 pounds and is a surprisingly agile athlete. Although WVU's coaching staff complimented Clarke for his weight room work after showing up to campus as a lean 235-pounder, he'll have to continue bulking up his spidery frame. Savage notes that Clarke looks like he weighs only 240 pounds. "Will has a quick first step and a subtle closing burst to the QB when he gets close," Savage said. "He needs to play lower when confronting direct runs, but has enough agility to pursue from the backside. He will have a busy spring because all 32 NFL teams will want to get to know this 'under-the-radar' prospect better prior to the draft in May."
Feb 5 - 6:00 PM

West Virginia senior RB Charles Sims is "a little bit of a sleeper," according to NFL.com's Gil Brandt.

"[Sims] will stir up a lot of interest as draft day nears," Brandt wrote. "West Virginia didn't have a good offensive line this season, and it hampered him, but he is a very good all-around back who can really catch the ball well and is a good runner." Brandt's NFL.com colleague Bucky Brooks wrote in November that Sims would have a "Matt Forte-like impact in the pro game." Sims is a great receiver out of the backfield, and that might get him drafted higher than experts expect in May.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 13 - 4:19 PM

West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck confirmed that Dana Holgorsen will return as head coach in 2014.

"In my opinion, continuity is the key ingredient that will bring our football program back to the high level that Mountaineer fans expect," Luck's statement read. West Virginia would have been forced to pay in excess of $11 million had fired Holgersen without cause. Holgorsen, who led the Mountaineers to a 10-3 record in his first season in 2011, has gone 7-6 and 4-8 in the past two seasons, respectively.
Tue, Dec 3, 2013 08:31:00 PM

West Virginia junior CB Travis Bell faces DUI charges after being arrested Sunday morning following an incident involving his girlfriend.

Bell, who started nine games this season, was also arrested for misdemeanor domestic battery in February. "His status with the WVU football team is uncertain," reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Bell, 22, failed field sobriety tests after an argument with his girlfriend in Morgantown at around 3 a.m. on Sunday.
Tue, Dec 3, 2013 06:37:00 PM

West Virginia DE Will Clarke has been invited to the East-West Shrine game.

Clarke stands a towering 6-foot-7, 271 pounds and is a surprisingly agile athlete. He's the type of player that will make a jaw-dropping play and then disappear for large segments of a game. Clarke needs some technique work and will also need to continue working hard in the weight room (he's been lauded at WVU for doing so after showing up to campus as a lean 235-pounder), but he has the measurables to impress in a showcase such as this.
Wed, Nov 27, 2013 07:17:00 PM

West Virginia senior RB Charles Sims will have a "Matt Forte-like impact in the pro game," according to NFL.com's Bucky Brooks.

"Crafty offensive coordinators will take advantage of his versatile skills to make him a dynamic backfield weapon capable of tallying 100-plus scrimmage yards (combination of rushing and receiving yards) on a weekly basis," Brooks writes. Sims should be the focal point of West Virginia's offense, but they choose to go away from him too often. His pass catching ability will be valued highly by NFL evaluators.
Source: NFL.com
Wed, Nov 20, 2013 09:45:00 AM

West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen said redshirt freshman QB Ford Childress has been cleared to play.

He'll only play "if needed" this weekend at Kansas. Childress suffered a torn muscle in his chest back in September against Maryland. He's currently third on the depth chart.
Thu, Nov 14, 2013 10:05:00 PM

West Virginia senior QB Clint Trickett was knocked out of Saturday's game against Texas.

Trickett fumbled on a Desmond Jackson sack in the first quarter. Trickett remained on the turf for several moments and then stumbled back to the sidelines. Backup signal caller Paul Millard replaced Trickett.
Sat, Nov 9, 2013 08:26:00 PM

West Virginia senior QB Clint Trickett will start for the second time, as the school takes on Baylor.

Trickett helped lead the Mountaineers over Oklahoma State last weekend. This isn't the same Mountaineer offense as last year, and we think they should heavily rely on running back Charles Sims. Baylor is still posting huge numbers thanks to Bryce Petty's efficiency.
Source: USA Today
Fri, Oct 4, 2013 10:13:00 AM

West Virginia Dana Holgorsen said senior Clint Trickett would start over redshirt freshman Ford Childress at quarterback if both are completely healthy.

Trickett is dealing with a sore shoulder and Childress has been working through a torn chest muscle sustained in the Maryland game. This isn't good news for WVU with a trip to Waco on deck. Las Vegas doesn't seem to care who starts for the Mountaineers; Baylor is a 27.5-point favorite and it wouldn't be a surprise if that number climbs over four touchdowns by kickoff.
Tue, Oct 1, 2013 02:12:00 PM

West Virginia senior RB Charles Sims rushed for 60 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries in a 30-21 win over Oklahoma State.

Sims added 82 yards on five catches. The Mountaineer offense really struggled last week against Maryland, but senior transfer Clint Trickett helped moved the team forward today. Sims is a versatile receiving option with size as a runner.
Sat, Sep 28, 2013 05:40:00 PM


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