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West Virginia HC Dana Holgorsen believes redshirt sophomore QB Will Grier (suspension) will be eligible to play the opener of the 2017 season.

"Will Grier enrolled for classes here at WVU on May 16. With the timing of his transfer, and the requirements that he has to finish from the NCAA, I cannot officially confirm his eligibility until the summer of 2017," Holgorsen said in a release. "However, I fully anticipate him being eligible for the opening game of the 2017 season." Holgorsen isn't alone in his optimism. The Charleston Gazette-Mail's Mike Casazza reported on Friday that Grier would indeed be deemed eligible for the beginning of the 2017 season. Grier's year-long PED suspension ends on October 15. But because he transferred to West Virginia in the spring, there had been a question as to whether the NCAA would wait until October 15 to begin his one-year transfer penalty. Grier will have two seasons of eligibility left beginning in 2017.
Source: CBS Sports
May 20 - 7:44 PM

The Charleston Gazette-Mail's Mike Casazza reports that West Virginia redshirt freshman QB Will Grier (suspension) will be eligible to play in week one of the 2017 season.

Grier was hit with a year-long suspension by the NCAA after he tested positive for PED's in early October. The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder subsequently transferred to West Virginia in March. That comes with its own year-long sit-out period. Apparently, the NCAA is willing to wrap the PED suspension and transfer sit-out into one tidy package, making Grier eligible to play in the 2017 season-opener against Virginia Tech on September 2. Had this not been the case, Grier wouldn't have been eligible to play until the seventh game of the 2017 campaign.
May 20 - 4:40 PM

West Virginia dismissed redshirt sophomore RB Donte Thomas-Williams.

Thomas-Williams was initially hit with an indefinite suspension for reasons unknown in April. He has now been dismissed, though there is no word as of yet as to whether the suspension and dismissal stem from the same mystery incident West Virginia only offered a "violation of team rules" as reason for Thomas-Williams' boot. The 6-foot-1, 214-pounder rushed for 43 yards on 14 carries last season. He was a four-star recruit out of high school as part of the 2014 cycle.
May 17 - 2:31 PM

West Virginia signed Iowa grad transfer CB Maurice Fleming.

Fleming appeared in 33 games over the past three years for the Hawkeyes, posting 17 tackles and five pass breakups in 14 games last year. He chose the Mountaineers, who lost four defensive backs to the NFL, for obvious reasons. Fleming will compete for one of the cornerback vacancies left by Daryl Worley (Carolina Panthers) and Terrell Chestnut (San Diego Chargers).
May 16 - 11:25 AM

Chargers signed West Virginia CB Terrell Chestnut.

A sleeper prospect whose shine was copped by circumstance (overshadowed by sharing a defensive backfield with Karl Joseph, Daryl Worley and KJ Dillon), misfortune (two torn labrums) and speed (4.61), Chestnut (5'11/198) has the talent to make San Diego's roster. He surrendered only 41.8 percent completions and an NFL passer rating of 46.9 last year, per PFF, and had a much better coverage grade than Worley, taken in Rd. 3. Chestnut was famous in Morgantown for frequent visits to the WVU Children’s Hospital and area schools and for buying food for homeless people. WVU coach Dana Holgorsen called him "the best coach on the field" for star WR Shelton Gibson and "a good guy, a good teammate" who "tries to do the right thing all the time."
May 11 - 5:26 PM

The Raiders' draft class was one of three in the NFL that received a B+ grade or better from each of Rotoworld’s Evan Silva, ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr, CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco and Sports Illustrated’s Chris Burke.

The straw poll, conducted by Rotoworld's Mark Lindquist, saw Oakland's class in an extremely favorable light... with a few nitpicky caveats. Burke, for instance, loved the pick of S Karl Joseph in the first round, but wondered why GM Reggie McKenzie didn't add a cornerback soon thereafter. Prisco also applauded the Joseph selection, but nagged the decision to draft Connor Cook by writing, "What’s the point?" Silva thought the class may bring "as many as five early contributors."
Source: Rotoworld
May 10 - 12:00 AM

West Virginia senior QB Skyler Howard indicated that he is ready for increased expectations in 2016.

"Not saying I wasn’t ready last year," Howard said, "but everything that happened better prepared me. You win in your preparation and that’s something I’ve always taken advantage of." The 6-foot, 202-pounder threw for 270 yards, three touchdowns and an interception during the Mountaineers' spring game earlier this offseason. HC Dana Holgorsen said that he "looks like a starting senior QB" at this juncture. While Howard held a respectable 26/14 TD/INT ratio last season, he completed just 54.8% of his passes.
Source: ESPN.com
May 9 - 1:41 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. wrote that he would be "shocked" if West Virginia S Karl Joseph did not start for the Raiders in Week 1.

Kiper tossed out the usual health caveats, though with White, health is not just a buzzword. The 5-foot-10, 205-pounder tore his ACL in early October and while he has professed that he expects to be ready for training camp in a few months, there is no reason for the Raiders to push him if that is not the case. As for Joseph's on-field work, Kiper wrote, "Is he going to take some risks and miss some tackles? Yep. Is he going to take some risks and make some big hits and take the ball away? Again, yes. If the pass rush is improved, his ball skills could be useful on forced throws." The veteran analyst included the Mountaineer great on his list of players he views as immediate impact rookies.
May 8 - 7:44 PM

Florida redshirt freshman QB Will Grier transferred to West Virginia last month.

Because Grier's year-long NCAA-imposed PED suspension does not end until October 15, the question becomes if he'll be eligible to play immediately at the start of the 2017 season, or if he'll have to wait until mid-October. Grier will file an appeal to shorten the suspension. Whenever his eligibility clock resumes in 2017, he'll be a redshirt junior. Grier had the Gators off to a scorching 6-0 start before his suspension was handed down in the fall.
Source: SEC Country
May 6 - 2:07 PM

The Raiders emerged from the 2016 NFL Draft with a strong B+ grade on Evan Silva's report card.

"[Rd. 1 S Karl] Joseph solidifies a suddenly imposing Raiders pass defense that will field two long, physical press corners (Sean Smith, David Amerson), 2015 NFL interceptions leader Reggie Nelson, Oakland's new first-round safety, and the Khalil Mack-Bruce Irvin edge-rush tandem, which suspended Aldon Smith should join eventually," Silva wrote. The analyst also liked what GM Reggie McKenzie did on Day 2 in addressing need with solid value picks in Rd. 2 Illinois DE Jihad Ward and Rd. 3 Michigan State DE/OLB Shilique Calhoun. "Since a painfully slow start to his tenure as GM, McKenzie has caught fire and stayed hot this draft weekend. I'd expect as many as five players from this class to become early contributors in Oakland," Silva wrote.
Source: Rotoworld
May 5 - 6:59 PM

The Panthers said they did their due diligence on West Virginia CB Daryl Worley, their second-round pick who faced a battery charge on a woman in 2014.

From an organization that suffered through waking P.R. nightmare Greg Hardy, it was a curious choice. But GM Dave Gettleman said the team thoroughly vetted Worley, including sitting him down for a meeting with owner Jerry Richardson. "It was a simple situation where it was wrong place at the wrong time. There were nothing malicious about the incident," Worley said during a conference call. "All 32 teams have seen the videotape. They have the official court documents, which I gave to them, where there was nothing malicious about it." The episode, which occurred in a nightclub, has been expunged from Worley's record. "Nothing like that is ever going to be a problem heading forward," he said.
May 1 - 2:06 PM

Texans selected West Virginia S K.J. Dillon with the No. 159 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Dillon (6'1/208) started three seasons at WVU, tallying 18 career tackles for loss with five interceptions and two forced fumbles. He earned second-team All-Big 12 as a senior. Dillon shined at the Combine -- running 4.53 with a 10-foot-1 broad jump -- but athleticism questions arose when he managed a 28-inch vertical and slow agility scores at the Mountaineers' Pro Day. A 'tweener safety, Dillon was an inefficient college tackler and isn't quite a free safety-type athlete. He'll have to earn initial playing time on special teams.
Apr 30 - 3:12 PM

Eagles selected West Virginia RB Wendell Smallwood with the No. 153 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Smallwood (5'11/208) left school following his junior year after posting a career rushing line of 425-2,462-12 (5.79 YPC) with 68 receptions. He led the Big 12 in rushing in 2015. Smallwood showed breakaway speed in Indy, blazing 4.47 with a 10-foot broad jump and strong agility scores. Smallwood was known more for grinding between the tackles at West Virginia, in addition to plus passing-game skills. His pre-draft workout metrics hint at the potential for more. An underrated prospect, Smallwood is a sleeper to monitor for fantasy purposes.
Apr 30 - 2:48 PM

Bears selected West Virginia LB Nick Kwiatkoski with the No. 113 selection.

Kwiatkoski (6'2/243) made 38 starts for West Virginia, compiling 28 career tackles for loss, six interceptions, and three forced fumbles. He was named first-team All-Big Ten by the conference's coaches as a senior. Kwiatkoski helped himself in Indy, running 4.73 with a 10-foot broad jump and 32-inch vertical. A high school safety, Kwiatkoski made college starts at WILL, SAM, and MIKE linebacker and is an efficient tackler with some playmaking ability in coverage. Kwiatkoski will focus on special teams early, but he could make a run at defensive snaps in a year or two.
Apr 30 - 1:03 PM

Panthers selected West Virginia CB Daryl Worley with the No. 77 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Worley (6'1/204) turned pro after starting for 2 1/2 seasons at West Virginia, tallying ten career INTs and 9.5 tackles for loss. He earned first-team All-Big 12 as a 2015 junior. A long-armed (33 3/8") ballhawk, Worley tested out like a safety in Indy, running 4.64 with a 35 1/2-inch vertical and 10-foot-3 broad jump, before improving his forty time to 4.48 at the Mountaineers' Pro Day. Worley has an intriguing blend of size, movement ability, and ball skills. He'll team with second-rounder James Bradberry to compete to replace Josh Norman.
Apr 29 - 10:21 PM


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