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The Smoking Musket 18 hours ago

West Virginia QB Skyler Howard Ready To Lead The Mountaineers

Howard put together one of the best year’s in WVU history in terms of throwing the ball last season while taking over as the offense’s leader, something that will be needed a good deal this season as they try to integrate some new talent in with a lot of the holdovers from last season’s eight-win team. Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown: WVU's best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions. Football: This is the final summer of Skyler Howard's checkered collegiate career, one that has seen him first win...
The Smoking Musket 18 hours ago

West Virginia Football Recruiting Update: Lawless coming to WVU

After posting 7.5 sacks during his freshman season, Brandon Lawless will join the Mountaineers for fall camp. Brandon Lawless (Valley Glen, California - Los Angeles Valley C.C.) I have officially committed to West Virgina University and will report for fall camp this summer pic.twitter.com/XUg0B5qcRA — Brandon Lawless (@BrandonLawless1) June 30, 2016 Not all recruiting updates are about the 2017 or 2018 class. Sometimes you get a surprise with the current class. Such a surprise surfaced last night when JUCO defensive end Brandon Lawless agreed to join the Mountaineers for fall...
The Smoking Musket 19 hours ago

West Virginia Football Recruiting Update: Another Day, Another Florida Prospect

Cody Bowes (Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Southridge HS) God is great #WVU #DubV #hailWV pic.twitter.com/qKA4sMEGvA — 1K TUT (@Cody_TheTruth) June 30, 2016 The Mountaineers are on a bit of a hot streak right now, reeling in recruits left and right. It wasn’t that long ago that the Mountaineers had one of the lower ranked classes because they just had not secured many commitments. June 12th saw the Mountaineers with only three commitments. As June comes to a close, West Virginia has garnered six commitments in a little over two weeks, bringing their total to nine. The latest player to...
The Smoking Musket Jun 30, 2016

Sky Is The Limit - Skyler Howard's Official Junior Highlights Produced By DougityDog

DougityDog and Skyler Howard collaborated to produce Skyler's official Junior highlight video.
The Smoking Musket Jun 30, 2016

Introducing The Smoking Musket T-Shirt Line

The Smoking Musket has teamed up with GameDay Depot to bring Mountaineer fans a brand new line of t-shirts. The Smoking Musket has teamed up with Gameday Depot to begin producing t-shirts, and our first shirt available is being produced and sold for a good cause. Every dollar we make from selling these shirts between now and kickoff of the West Virginia Mountaineers showdown with the Missouri Tigers on September 3rd will be donated straight to The Greenbrier’s Neighbors Loving Neighbors campaign. This campaign was chosen because the money will stay within our state and...
The Smoking Musket Jun 30, 2016

How Does WVU Not Go 1-11 Every Year?

West Virginia is a tough gritty football team that recruits up and down the East Coast out of necessity since the state has failed to produce a blue-chip player in the last 5 years. If you have followed WVU for any length of time, you know that West Virginia recruits nationally. The Mountaineers will pull in players from Florida, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio, North Carolina, and Georgia just to name a few states. Every now and then, the Mountaineers will offer a scholarship to a local home-grown kid. The Mountaineers do this because the state of West Virginia does not produce many FBS...
The Smoking Musket Jun 30, 2016

West Virginia Mountaineers Help Lifelong Fan Fulfill Her Final Wishes

For many West Virginia University Mountaineer fans, their happy place is Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium. Such is the case for one special, lifelong WVU football fan. Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown: WVU's best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions. Football: For many West Virginia University Mountaineer fans, their happy place is Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium. Such is the case for one special, lifelong WVU football fan - Donna Tucker. A native of Charleston, West Virginia, Ms. Tucker,...
The Smoking Musket Jun 29, 2016

Bruce Irvin, Tavon Austin And Karl Joseph Return To The Mountain State For The Bruce Irvin Classic

It is no secret that Bruce Irvin loves the state of West Virginia, and he is not shy about showing it. Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown: WVU's best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions. Football: West Virginia strength and conditioning coach Mike Joseph is entering his ninth summer in Morgantown, the second longest by any Mountaineer strength coach. It is no secret that Bruce Irvin loves the state of West Virginia, and he is not shy about showing it. The former WVU defensive end and current...
The Smoking Musket Jun 29, 2016

West Virginia Football Recruiting Update: Ohio Athlete Commits to Mountaineers

WVU continues its recruiting momentum with the latest player to commit to the Mountaineers. DeAmonte King (Akron, Ohio - St. Vincent - St. Mary) Blessed to say I'm officially committed to West Virginia University #HailWestV ‼️ pic.twitter.com/jCYlIfeyDV — DEE⌛️ (@DeAmonteK98) June 28, 2016 When Brian Mitchell departed for Virginia Tech in February, it left a hole in the coaching staff that shocked everyone. Dana Holgorsen and the school worked diligently to fill the spot with someone capable of coaching and recruiting young men. They finally decided on Blue Adams, a...
The Smoking Musket Jun 28, 2016

West Virginia Head Coach Dana Holgorsen Ranked No. 45 In List Of FBS Coaches. Is This Appropriate?

Of all 128 FBS head coaches, Holgorsen in ranked in the top half, but sixth in Big 12. By now, I think you all know me from the Smoking Musket Podcast, but I’m actually a writer by trade. As a new member of the staff, I am trying to do my part in supplying this amazing site with written content. We all have our own opinions of West Virginia head football coach Dana Holgorsen, but Athlon Sports & Life ranked all 128 college football bowl subdivision head coaches. Holgorsen was ranked No. 45 overall, No. 6 in the Big 12. "Holgorsen enters 2016 in an interesting position. Last season, the...
The Smoking Musket Jun 28, 2016

PODCAST: WVU Summer Pod 2016 [69min]

Smitty and Bart give the rundown all the headlines since the 2016 offseason began. NO SLEEP TIL JESUS, I'M BORED (YouTube video coming later today, so the green embedded player is below) Episode Info: Part 1 - Smitty and Bart go over headlines with wicked (not at all) fast takes. Part 2 - There is no Part 2. This and future episodes can be found AT OUR NEW YOUTUBE CHANNEL. Subscribe via RSS Subscribe via iTunes RATE US, Y'ALL Direct MP3 Download
The Smoking Musket Jun 28, 2016

Two More Football Signees Enroll At West Virginia University

Two more players from the 2016 recruiting class enrolled on Monday, leaving just one player who has not yet on campus. Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown: WVU's best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions. Football: Two more players from February's recruiting class enrolled at West Virginia on Monday, leaving just one football player from national signing day who is not yet on campus. Basketball: New season tickets for West Virginia's 2016-17 men's basketball campaign will go on sale today at the Mountaineer...
The Smoking Musket Jun 26, 2016

Huggins, Holgorsen and West Virginia University Put The Mountain State First During Tragedy

In the midst of a tragedy in West Virginia, West Virginia University stepped up in a major way to help all of those in need. Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown: WVU's best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions. We missed Friday's edition of the Shotgun/Throwdown due to the terrible situation in my hometown and the rest of West Virginia, and because I plan on going back out into the community again on Monday morning to help you're getting Monday's edition of the Throwdown a little bit early. Basketball: West...
The Smoking Musket Jun 26, 2016

Devin Williams Signs Rookie Deal

Former WVU basketball player Devin Williams has signed a rookie deal with the Milwaukee Bucks. Despite being passed over in the NBA Draft, former Mountaineer standout Devin Williams signed a rookie deal with the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday. He is expected to join the Bucks summer league squad in Las Vegas, Nevada. Williams chose to leave the Mountaineers a year early after a shocking first round loss to Stephen F. Austin in the NCAA Tournament. The 6-foot-9 power forward averaged over 13 points and led the Big 12 with 9.5 rebounds in his junior year. He was rewarded with all-league...
The Smoking Musket Jun 26, 2016

Three Game Stretch Could Define Mountaineers Season

Another October stretch of games could determine whether or not the Mountaineers are Big 12 contenders or pretenders. Last season the Mountaineers were faced with one of, if not the most challenging 4-game stretch of games every in their history. Four teams, all ranked, with three of them on the road. The Mountaineers faced the Oklahoma Sooners in Norman, the Oklahoma State Cowboys in Morgantown, the Baylor Bears in Waco and the TCU Horned Frogs in Fort Worth. The latter two opponents were top 5 opponents. All were undefeated at the time the Mountaineers played them. It may be a stretch of...
The Smoking Musket Jun 26, 2016

Morgantown's 2016 Visitor Guide: Part III - Attractions

Coming to Morgantown this year for a football game? Here are some sites to enjoy during your stay. Greetings again, travelers from the West. We have reached September and thus finally broken into the threshold of college football (Amen.) With this arrival, autumn is soon around the corner and, with it, conference play. We're all very excited to welcome you into our state and have prepared you with a bit of a guide to steer you toward the finer parts of our home, this article being the third and final edition. Part I and Part II focus mainly on the eateries and watering holes of the...
The Smoking Musket Jun 26, 2016

Morgantown's 2016 Visitor Guide: Part II - Night Life

Coming to Morgantown this year for a football game? Here are some spots to get after it. Hello again, travelers. As the month of September is soon to be upon us, The Musket has acknowledged that there will be a large influx of visitors flocking to West Virginia to bear witness the greatness known as Mother's Day Shrine just outside of Grafton. Some may be traveling for college football season as well. Whatever the reason you are spending a weekend in the North-Central West Virginia area, we have compiled a visitor's guide with some suggestions of a few places you should eat in Part I...
The Smoking Musket Jun 25, 2016

Morgantown's 2016 Visitor Guide: Part I - Fine Dining

Coming to Morgantown this year for a football game? Here are some food spots you need to try. Welcome, football travelers! Back in 2012, the world was a different place. The news was plastered with the election and mass shootings, so college football fans immersed themselves in constant offseason realignment talk. That being said, literally nothing has changed in that department. However, Morgantown (and North-Central West Virginia in general) has changed a good bit. We did a Visitor's Guide when the Mountaineers moved to the Big 12 and that needs a bit of refreshing. Luckily, I am the...
The Smoking Musket Jun 25, 2016

West Virginia Flooding Disaster Relief Informaiton: It's Time For Us To Band Together

Our great state has been devastated by floods, and now is the time for all West Virginians to join together and help their fellow Mountaineers. I'm going to step away from talking about West Virginia University athletics for a moment, and discuss something much more serious. There comes a time when we have to take a step back and look at what is really important, and that is why I'm writing this call to action. As many of you know by now, our great state was devastated by horrible floods on Thursday. The National Weather Service has called it a 1-in-1,000 year event. The death toll is...
The Smoking Musket Jun 24, 2016

What I Think About WVU Football

Its the dead of summer but it doesn't mean I don't have thoughts on the upcoming season. 1. I think this is the best offense Dana has had since 2012. Think about it. For the first time since 2012 we have a quarterback who played the entire season with receivers who played the entire season with that quarterback. A few years of quarterback turnover and roster upheaval have left the Mountaineers without the most dynamic offense, despite being a top 30 offense last year. I know Skyler Howard has some accuracy issues he needs to resolve. I expect him to be better. I expect the receivers to...