West Virginia Mountaineers

West Virginia Mountaineers

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West Virginia senior QB Skyler Howard completed 31-of-40 passes for 332 yards, a touchdown and an interception in Saturday's 35-32 victory over BYU.

He added 27 yards and another score on the ground. Listed at 6-foot but no taller than 5-foot-10, the scrappy Howard continues to produce. He's up to 974 yards passing with a 6/3 TD/INT ratio through three games. Howard held a decent enough 26/14 TD/INT ratio last season, but he made clear improvements in the offseason.
Sep 24 - 7:32 PM

West Virginia redshirt sophomore WR Shelton Gibson caught six passes for 171 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 38-21 win over Youngstown State.

Gibson's elite speed factor was on full display against Youngstown State, as the 5-foot-11, 188-pounder averaged a healthy (very healthy) 28.5 yards per reception in the victory. Both of his touchdown catches went for more than 50 yards. Gibson is capable of these kinds of electric performances, though he was something of a black/white performer a year ago, logging just four games of more than 100 yards receiving.
Sep 10 - 6:06 PM

West Virginia senior QB Skyler Howard completed 20-of-33 passes for 389 yards, five touchdowns and an interception in Saturday's 38-21 win over Youngstown State.

Howard took a hard hit to the ribs in the season-opener against Missouri, but he showed no signs of discomfort in shredding Youngstown State. The 6-foot, 202-pounder managed two touchdown passes in the first half, then let 'er rip for another three after the intermission. These kinds of performances are possible against the likes of Youngstown State. Howard will try to step it up against tougher competition in a home date with BYU on September 23. The Mountaineers are on bye next weekend.
Sep 10 - 5:59 PM

West Virginia redshirt sophomore LT Yodny Cajuste will miss the remainder of the season after tearing his ACL.

Cajuste missed a handful of games last season due to a knee injury. Cajuste was facing Missouri defensive end Charles Harris of Missouri prior to suffering the injury. Redshirt freshman Colton McKivitz will take over the left tackle job, and the Mountaineers face Youngstown State next.
Sep 5 - 9:02 AM

West Virginia senior QB Skyler Howard (ribs) completed 23-of-35 passes for 253 yards and an interception in Saturday's 26-11 win against Missouri.

Howard took a big hit in the first half and left the game briefly. He returned when the Mountaineers emerged from halftime, but he did so limited, dealing with a rib injury. Howard was effective before the injury but lost his touch in the second half. Luckily for he and his teammates, Missouri's putrid offense wasn't equipped to take advantage. West Virginia gets Youngstown St. next, so Dana Holgorsen and crew figure to play things safe with their veteran signal-caller if he doesn't heal quickly.
Sep 3 - 3:40 PM

West Virginia RB Justin Crawford ran 21 times for 101 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 26-11 victory over Missouri.

Crawford, a JUCO transfer from Northwest Mississippi Community College, burst onto the scene Saturday and quickly established himself as one of the Mountaineers' most dangerous offensive weapons. The 5-foot-11, 198-pound Crawford rushed for 3,161 yards and 30 touchdowns over the past two seasons at the JUCO level. This fall, he and Rushel Shell will divvy carries.
Sep 3 - 3:39 PM

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


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