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The Smoking Musket Aug 12, 2022
Could Harrel’s Offense Hinder Defense?

Could Harrel’s Offense Hinder Defense?

Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via More plays on offense could mean worse plays on defense We are closing in on two weeks before the West Virginia Mountaineers will begin prepping for the Pitt Panthers when they open the college football season on September 1, at Heinz Field Acrisure Stadium. For the Mountaineers, they are looking to determine a quarterback and begin repping him highly while installing a new offense. The installation of a new offense is a welcome change as the past three years have been a stagnant representation of the type of offenses many fans...
The Smoking Musket Aug 12, 2022
Could Harrell’s offense hinder West Virginia’s defense?

Could Harrell’s offense hinder West Virginia’s defense?

Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via More plays on offense could mean worse plays on defense We are closing in on two weeks before the West Virginia Mountaineers will begin prepping for the Pitt Panthers when they open the 2022 season on September 1st, at Heinz Field Acrisure Stadium. The Mountaineers will be looking to determine a quarterback and begin repping him while installing a new offense. The installation of a new offense is a welcome change as the past three years have been a stagnant representation of the type of offenses many fans have been accustomed...
The Smoking Musket Aug 12, 2022
Battle for the Black Diamond trophy officially a sell-out

Battle for the Black Diamond trophy officially a sell-out

Photo by John McCreary/Icon Sportswire via Good morning! This is the Shotgun Throwdown, your daily West Virginia sports roundup. Welcome, By-Godders, to The Shotgun/Throwdown, WVU’s best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions. Football WVU’s road clash at Virginia Tech sold out | Gold and Blue NationWest Virginia will enter Lane Stadium to fight with Virginia Tech for possession of the Black Diamond Trophy on Sept. 22 for the first time since 2004. The Mountaineers are sure to face a raucous Hokie crowd, as the...
The Smoking Musket Aug 11, 2022
Sam James stays loyal to the state of West Virginia

Sam James stays loyal to the state of West Virginia

Photo by John McCreary/Icon Sportswire via Good morning! This is the Shotgun Throwdown, your daily West Virginia sports roundup. Welcome, By-Godders, to The Shotgun/Throwdown, WVU’s best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor, and daily distractions. Mountaineer wide receiver Sam James is staying loyal to the WVU football program and the state of West Virginia. James is one of the few West Virginia players that was with the program before head coach Neal Brown arrived, and he and many of his teammates have remained faithful throughout...
The Smoking Musket Aug 9, 2022
SOCCER SCHOOL: A new conference and a Top 10 ranking set the scene for the Mountaineers

SOCCER SCHOOL: A new conference and a Top 10 ranking set the scene for the Mountaineers

Photo by Tony Quinn/Icon Sportswire via Will this be the year the Mountaineers make it to the College Cup? In his second season at the helm of the West Virginia University men’s soccer team, Dan Stratford guided the Mountaineers to their first Elite 8 appearance since 1981. And though they lost on penalty kicks to third-seeded Georgetown, there are plenty of reasons for cautious optimism around the team, including a #6 ranking in the United Soccer Coaches preseason poll — the highest in school history. Overview Former head coach Marlon LeBlanc laid the...
The Smoking Musket Aug 7, 2022
Coach Speak Week Two: Brown Names Players Who Impress

Coach Speak Week Two: Brown Names Players Who Impress

Head coach Neal Brown spoke to the media yesterday At the end of the first week of practice, West Virginia Mountaineers head coach Neal Brown spoke to the media addressing a wide-range of topics, but specifically named players who had impressed him during this first week. Guys aren’t freshman know what to do in terms of assignments and alignment. Fundamentals are above where they normally are. We’re still trying to figure out who can do what and we will through the first scrimmage. Asani Redwood has put on 90 pounds (!) since he joined the team. Jaylen Shelton has...
The Smoking Musket Aug 3, 2022
Coach Speak Week One: Brown, Lesley, Harrell Address the Media

Coach Speak Week One: Brown, Lesley, Harrell Address the Media

The 2022 football season has begun and we have press conferences The West Virginia Mountaineers have begun their fall practices and we are beginning to get coaches addressing the media. On Monday, the first day of practice, head coach Neal Brown took the stand and addressed the media on a variety of topics. Yesterday, defensive coordinator Jordan Lesley and offensive coordinator Graham Harrell addressed the media. Lesley raved about middle linebacker Lee Kpogba, (pronounced KO-BA), talking about how the mike linebacker is the quarterback of the defense. Kpogba has...
The Smoking Musket Aug 2, 2022
Reason For Hope & Concern In 2022 - Part One

Reason For Hope & Concern In 2022 - Part One

John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports West Virginia returns five starters on the offensive line but can JT Daniels stay healthy? Five Returning Offensive Linemen I’ve written about it previously, but the Mountaineers return five starters on the offensive line and if you are looking for a reason to have joy in 2022, its the return of the all five offensive line starters: Brandon Yates, James Gmiter, Zach Frazier, Doug Nester, Wyatt Milum. Returning offensive line starters is one of the biggest ways to take a major step forward for teams. The offensive line has slowly...
WVU’s Zach Frazier On Another Watch List

WVU’s Zach Frazier On Another Watch List

Another day, another Mountaineer on a preseason watch list for a major college football award. Thursday WVU sophomore center Zach Frazier was honored for the second time. Last week he was named to the Rimington Trophy Watch List, and this time he is part of the Wuerffel Trophy Watch List. Frazier has started 22 of […]
WVU’s Popular Football Fan Day Set For Aug. 13

WVU’s Popular Football Fan Day Set For Aug. 13

West Virginia’s football fan day has been set for Saturday, Aug. 13, just 19 days in advance of the Mountaineers’ season-opener against Pitt. The popular event typically draws large crowds, and with the anticipation of the Bckyard Brawl building to open the 2022 season, there will likely be even more people queueing up at Milan […]
WVU’s Casey Legg On Groza Watch List

WVU’s Casey Legg On Groza Watch List

West Virginia placekicker Casey Legg, who converted 82.6% (19-23) of his field goal tries in 2021, is one of 30 members of the preseason Watch List for the 2022 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award. He was a semifinalist for the award in 2021 while also earning All-Big 12 honorable mention status. The Charleston, West Virginia, […]
The Smoking Musket Jul 27, 2022
Pat White lands assistant job with the Los Angeles Chargers

Pat White lands assistant job with the Los Angeles Chargers

Photo by Streeter Lecka/ Good morning! This is the Shotgun Throwdown, your daily West Virginia sports roundup. Welcome, By-Godders, to The Shotgun/Throwdown, WVU’s best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions. Football Stills, Woods land on national watch lists | Gold and Blue NationA pair of Mountaineers have landed on the watch list for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, given annually to the most outstanding defensive player in college football. WVU Sports Zinn Leaving a Legacy of Success at WVU | West Virginia...
A Pair Of Mountaineers On Nagurski Watch List

A Pair Of Mountaineers On Nagurski Watch List

A pair of Mountaineers, senior defensive tackle Dante Stills and senior cornerback Charles Woods, are two of 85 defensive standouts from 61 FBS schools who have been selected to the 2022 Bronko Nagurski Award Watch List. The Nagurski is presented annually by the Charlotte (N.C.) Touchdown Club to the top defensive player in college football. […]
The Smoking Musket Jul 26, 2022
West Virginia to face Purdue in Phil Knight Legacy

West Virginia to face Purdue in Phil Knight Legacy

Photo by Donald Page/ Good morning! This is the Shotgun Throwdown, your daily West Virginia sports roundup. Welcome, By-Godders, to The Shotgun/Throwdown, WVU’s best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor, and daily distractions. The West Virginia men’s basketball team will face Purdue in the first round of the 2022 Phil Knight Legacy tournament on Thanksgiving night. The Mountaineers will then play against Gonzaga or Portland State in the second game. The other teams that will be competing in the event are Duke, Florida, Oregon State,...
WVU Football Notebook: Roster Addition, GameDay

WVU Football Notebook: Roster Addition, GameDay

With the start of preseason football practice just a little over a week away for the Mountaineers, their football roster is rounding into place. Most of West Virginia’s 33 signees for its class of 2022 enrolled at WVU either in January or earlier this summer. Just a few were not in school by mid-June, but […]

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