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The Smoking Musket 7 hours ago

Dana Holgorsen Press Conference: Updates On Adam Pankey And Several Key Position Battles

As the Mountaineers enter their mock-game week, several decisions have been made in key position battles. West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen met with the media earlier this afternoon for his first weekly press conference of the 2016 football season. Holgorsen addressed a number of topics, but perhaps the most notable is status of starting left guard Adam Pankey. Pankey was cited for a DUI after rolling his vehicle last week in Morgantown, and Holgorsen announced today that he is suspended through at least the Missouri game on September 3rd. Fellow senior Tony Matteo will step into the...
The Smoking Musket 12 hours ago

West Virginia coaches optimistic about new Mountaineer running backs

Before preseason practice began, WVU was confident it could continue the trend from 2015. Two weeks of camp followed and only secured that optimism. Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown: WVU's best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions. Football: New WVU running backs have coaches optimistic | Charleston Gazette-MailWhen Wendell Smallwood, who led the Big 12 in rushing yards and yards per attempt last season, decided in January to skip his senior season and head to the NFL, his absence was filled by question...
The Smoking Musket Aug 22, 2016

West Virginia in search for the most dependable Mountaineer receiver

West Virginia's Tyron Carrier, the first-year wide receiver coach, had rated Gary Jennings his “most dependable” receiver, which brings us to a discussion of which is more valuable to a team — dangerous or dependable. Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown: WVU's best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions. Football: WVU looking for most dependable receiver | The Exponent TelegramPerhaps the most intriguing development out of West Virginia’s preseason camp, which now turns toward the two weeks of game...
The Smoking Musket Aug 18, 2016

The Smoking Musket is looking for writers with a passion for everything West Virginia University

Have you always wanted to write about the Mountaineers? Well, now’s your chance. Welcome, By-Godders. How would you like to join the staff here at The Smoking Musket? As football season closes in on us, we are in need of a couple new faces to help take our coverage of everything West Virginia University to a new level. Ideally, I’d like to have these positions filled as soon as possible, so please don’t let this opportunity pass you by. Compensation: This is the probably the first question everyone will want to ask, and I totally understand. These positions are unpaid. I started out...
The Smoking Musket Aug 18, 2016

Former Juco All-American Justin Crawford Will Offer Big Play Threat For West Virginia

The 3,161 yards he produced in two seasons at Northwest Mississippi C.C. are in line with what his new teammates in Morgantown have seen so far in training camp. Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown: WVU's best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions. Football: The name we’re hearing a lot this summer is Justin Crawford, last year’s junior college offensive player of the year. His list of accomplishments at Northwest Mississippi Community College is long enough to fill almost a third of a page in this year’s...
The Smoking Musket Aug 17, 2016

2016 West Virginia Football Summer Preview: Texas Longhorns Should Be Much Better This Season

The Mountaineers will travel to Austin, TX on Saturday, November 12 to take on the Texas Longhorns. The West Virginia Mountaineers will follow up a home game against the Kansas Jayhawks with a difficult trip to take on the Texas Longhorns. The Mountaineers hold a 3-2 advantage in the all-time series, but the teams have gone 2-2 since WVU joined the Big 12 in 2012. In 2015, West Virginia defeated the Longhorns 38-20 at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown. The Mountaineers were led by running back Wendell Smallwood who rushed for 165 yards on 24 carries as the West Virginia offense posted 257...
The Smoking Musket Aug 17, 2016

West Virginia wide receiver Gary Jennings embracing multiple roles for the Mountaineers

West Virginia assistant Tyron Carrier has dubbed Gary Jennings Mr. Dependable. The sophomore wide receiver is now finding himself play inside and outside receiver on either side of the field. Welcome, By-Godders, to the (once again center-aligned) Shotgun/Throwdown: WVU's best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions. Football: Preseason camp ended Tuesday for West Virginia’s football team, and if nothing else, it was eventful. A rash of injuries plagued the Mountaineers. There were some position changes that worked, like...
The Smoking Musket Aug 16, 2016

2018 Point Guard Jordan McCabe Commits To West Virginia

West Virginia's first commitment for the 2018 class is a Youtube sensation and an ESPN 4 star prospect. Jordan McCabe, a 2018 point guard from Wisconsin, committed to Bob Huggins and the Mountaineers this evening. McCabe selected West Virginia over Minnesota, DePaul, Missouri, and others. Currently between 5'10 and 6' (depending on who you believe), he is a prototypical point guard with an elite ability to handle the basketball. West Virginia was one of the first major programs to offer McCabe last August. McCabe becomes the first commitment for the 2018 class. He is a four star prospect...
The Smoking Musket Aug 16, 2016

2016 West Virginia Football Summer Preview: Mountaineers Will Look To Demolish Kansas Once Again

WVU’s eighth opponent of the 2016 season will be the Kansas Jayhawks. David Beaty’s club will travel to Morgantown to square off with the Mountaineers on Saturday, November 5. Following a difficult road trip against Oklahoma State, the West Virginia Mountaineers will return home to take on the Kansas Jayhawks. WVU has won four out of five all-time meetings between the two schools with the only Kansas victory coming in 2013 when the Jayhawks defeated the Mountaineers 31-19 in Lawrence. In the 2015 matchup, the Mountaineers steamrolled the Jayhawks to the tune of 426 rushing yards and...
The Smoking Musket Aug 16, 2016

Hey Big 12, WVU is Still in Your Conference

Despite finishing in the top half of the conference in passing statistics and being named to the Manning Award Watch List, the Big 12 failed to recognize Skyler Howard as one of their own. Yesterday, the Manning Award Pre-Season Watch List was announced. The list includes 30 of the top quarterbacks in the nation heading into the 2016 season. The winner will again be selected by a voting panel, which includes national media and each of the Mannings, after the bowls. The Manning Award was created by the Allstate Sugar Bowl in honor of the college football accomplishments of Archie, Peyton...
The Smoking Musket Aug 16, 2016

West Virginia Safeties Push Forward Following Dravon Askew-Henry's Knee Injury

For the second straight season, the team’s top player and leader on defense was taken from them. Then Holgorsen reset the team’s mission. The lineup will change. The goals will not. Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown: WVU's best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions. Football: Jarrod Harper said he felt his heart break when he found out teammate Dravon Askew-Henry tore an ACL in practice last week and that the junior will miss West Virginia's entire 2016 season. But Jeremy Tyler saw Askew-Henry's heart...
The Smoking Musket Aug 16, 2016

Summer Signee Brandon Lawless Leaves WVU

Only months after agreeing to join WVU for the 2016 season, DL Brandon Lawless has left the team. At the end of June, WVU signed JUCO defensive end Brandon Lawless with the intent to bring him into fall camp. Brandon originally graduated high school eligible to play FBS football but failed to receive an offer. He chose to go the JUCO route and the decision paid off. Over his freshman year, Brandon grew another two inches and added 35 pounds to his frame. Brandon posted 35 tackles and 7.5 sacks his freshman year at Los Angeles Valley Community College and received an offer from WVU. As...
The Smoking Musket Aug 15, 2016

Thundering Herd Better than the Mountaineers? CBS Sports Thinks So

Robbie Kalland & Chip Patterson really know how to rile up a state. In their article posted on CBSSports.com, the duo selected the team they feel is playing the best football entering the 2016 season. “With the college football season rapidly approaching, we got to wondering: What is the best team from each state of our union? Specifically, this is not a list of the programs that have had the most all-time success in each state, but rather a look at what teams we believe are playing the best right now.” When the duo got to West Virginia, the Mountaineers fell short of the requirements....
The Smoking Musket Aug 15, 2016

West Virginia Scrimmage Leaves Fans With Concerns About The Mountaineer Offense

After a disappointing performance from the Mountaineer offense, the heat is going to stay on West Virginia's playmakers. Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown: WVU's best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions. Football: Three weeks before West Virginia's season opener against Missouri, the Mountaineers battled heat at Milan Puskar Stadium during their first major intrasquad scrimmage of fall camp. After a disappointing performance from the Mountaineer offense, the heat is going to stay on West Virginia's...
The Smoking Musket Aug 15, 2016

West Virginia Football Recruiting Update: Virginia Beach to Morgantown

It didn’t take long for the Mountaineers to gain another commitment in the 2017 recruiting cycle. Meet Chris Hunt, the newest Mountaineer. Chris Hunt (Virginia Beach, VA - Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School) Blessed to say that Morgantown will be my new home ‼️ #WVU #757to304 #letsgomountaineers pic.twitter.com/MxYIKucAGg— 5scrap god (@Chris___Hunt) August 14, 2016 It didn’t take long for West Virginia to gain its 14th commitment for the 2017 class. Within 72 hours of receiving an offer from WVU, defensive back Chris Hunt made it official on Twitter. Hunt is a tall...
The Smoking Musket Aug 14, 2016

West Virginia Mountaineer Adam Pankey Charged With DUI After Wrecking Car In Morgantown

Starting left guard Adam Pankey was charged with a DUI late Saturday night after crashing his car. West Virginia Mountaineers starting left guard Adam Pankey was charged with a DUI on Saturday in Morgantown after he wrecked his car on Stewart Street, according to Joey LoMonaco of the Dominion Post. Mike Casazza of the Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that police found Pankey’s car upside down off the road with Pankey still inside. The Mountaineers’ offensive lineman was found inside the car with minor injuries, the report says, and was taken into custody without going to a hospital for...
The Smoking Musket Aug 14, 2016

Defense Dominates in Saturday Scrimmage

WVU held an intra-squad scrimmage in the brutal Saturday heat. Tony Gibson’s inexperienced defense got the better of Dana Holgorsen’s veteran offensive unit. With temperatures near 100 degrees and a heat index well above 105, Tony Gibson’s defense dominated an experienced offensive unit yesterday. During an intra-squad scrimmage, quarterback Skyler Howard threw interceptions, running back Justin Crawford fumbled and generally the offense could not get out of its own way. The defense, which will be trying to replace 9 starters, only allowed two touchdowns. One was a short run by...
The Smoking Musket Aug 13, 2016

Dana Holgorsen Mentions There Are 5 Position Battles To Watch For The Mountaineers

Head coach Dana Holgorsen spoke to the media prior to the Mountaineers’ first intrasquad scrimmage on Saturday and mentioned that while 90 percent of the starting lineup is set, there are five position battles to keep an eye on. Dana Holgorsen was interviewed by the media prior to Saturday’s first intrasquad scrimmage. The West Virginia Mountaineers’ head coach touched on a number of topics including the current state of the roster. Holgorsen said that “90 percent” of the starting lineup is already set for the 2016 season, but he mentioned that there are a handful of position...
The Smoking Musket Aug 12, 2016

BREAKING NEWS: Dravon Askew-Henry Out for Season with Knee Injury

Junior Dravon Askew-Henry sustained a season-ending knee injury on Wednesday. Tony Gibson and the West Virginia defense will now be tasked with containing the high-flying Big 12 without their leading returning tackler. The Mountaineers defense will be without their junior safety who has started 26 straight games for the Mountaineers. Head coach Dana Holgorsen announced that the junior safety sustained a season-ending knee injury during Wednesday’s practice. Askew-Henry was the fourth leading tackler for the Mountaineers last year and the leading returning tackler for West Virginia....
The Smoking Musket Aug 12, 2016

Shatter: West Virginia Mountaineers Football 2016 Season Hype Video By DougityDog

A team with one goal. Shattering everybody's expectations.