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Two WVU WSOC Players Named in Top 100

Two WVU WSOC Players Named in Top 100

TopDrawerSoccer.com named two Mountaineers to their top 100 women’s Division I soccer players. TopDrawerSoccer.com named two WVU women’s soccer players in their Women’s D1 Preseason Top 100. Senior forward Michaela Abam made the first-team Best XI and senior midfielder Carla Portillo is on the third-team Best XI. Abam was ranked the sixth-best player in D1 women’s soccer by TDS. The Sugarland, Texas, native is racking up the preseason accolades; she was named to the Hermann Award watch list, a unanimous Preseason All-Big 12 Team selection and is now tabbed as one of the best...
The Smoking Musket Aug 16, 2017
Xavier Pegues is the most senior D lineman on the team

Xavier Pegues is the most senior D lineman on the team

Pegues is going to be needed to anchor the 3-3-5 and provide guidance to all these young pups The 2017 Mountaineer football profile series continues with defensive players this week. Xavier Pegues is the senior most defensive lineman on the team and plays the position with the greatest importance to a 3-front defense. Xavier Pegues, DT, #99 Year: Senior (Redshirt) Height: 6’2” Weight: 292 Hometown: Oxford, MS High School: Oxford High School Junior College: Itawamba Community College How he got to Morgantown Xavier Pegues blossomed right under the nose of the Ole Miss Rebels. He was...
The Smoking Musket Aug 15, 2017
Adam Shuler will be asked to replace an All Big 12 defensive end and should do just fine

Adam Shuler will be asked to replace an All Big 12 defensive end and should do just fine

Shuler played in 13 games last season and will be a force this season The 2017 Mountaineer football profile series continues with defensive players this week. Adam Shuler has big shoes to fill as the Mountaineers must replace all three defensive linemen. Shuler filled in well as a freshman and will now be asked to handle the main duties. Adam Shuler, DE, #88 Year: Sophomore (Redshirt) Height: 6’4” Weight: 268 Hometown: Longwood, FL High School: Lyman High School How he got to Morgantown Shuler was recruited by former defensive coordinator turned special teams coach Joe DeForest. Shuler...
The Smoking Musket Aug 15, 2017
What to expect from defensive leader Al-Rasheed Benton in 2017

What to expect from defensive leader Al-Rasheed Benton in 2017

The Mountaineers have a talented, vocal leader starting at linebacker this season. Al-Rasheed Benton could be a star for the West Virginia defense. The 2017 Mountaineer football profile series continues with defensive players this week. Al-Rasheed Benton looks to be a senior leader for the Mountaineer defense this season. With both his vocal presence and his play making ability, Benton could be a huge asset for West Virginia at the linebacker position. Al-Rasheed Benton, LB, #3 Year: Senior (Redshirt) Height: 6’1” Weight: 237 Hometown: Newark, NJ High School: Malcolm X Shabazz High...
The Smoking Musket Aug 14, 2017
West Virginia Suspends Wide Receiver Marcus Simms

West Virginia Suspends Wide Receiver Marcus Simms

Head coach Dana Holgorsen has shown he’s tough but fair with his players West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen released a statement on wide receiver Marcus Simms earlier today. According to the university, Simms has been suspended for the Mountaineers opening night game against the Virginia Tech Hokies on September 3rd. We have very high expectations for our student athletes and they know that how we represent this university is more important than their contributions on the field. While every case is unique and discipline imposed is based on varying factors, this suspension is...
The Smoking Musket Aug 14, 2017
Virginia Tech Just Announced Its Starting QB Against West Virginia

Virginia Tech Just Announced Its Starting QB Against West Virginia

West Virginia now knows who to prepare for. Virginia Tech head coach Justin Fuente just announced who will be starting for the Hokies against the West Virginia Mountaineers on September 3rd. Fuente named redshirt freshman Josh Jackson as his starting quarterback. According to the guys over at the Virginia Tech SB Nation site, Gobbler Nation, Jackson and current Philadelphia Eagle Jerod Evans were locked in a heated competition last year during fall camp. Evans wasn’t named the starting QB until a week before the season started. "I like to say I'm pretty smart when it comes to knowing...
The Smoking Musket Aug 13, 2017
West Virginia basketball commit Jordan McCabe takes the Overtime Challenge and shows off his Mountaineer knowledge

West Virginia basketball commit Jordan McCabe takes the Overtime Challenge and shows off his Mountaineer knowledge

THE KID IS NIIIICE The guys over at Overtime got together with future West Virginia point guard Jordan McCabe and put him through the first ever Overtime Challenge, giving us a good look of what’s in store for the Mountaineers from Bob Huggins’ prized 2018 recruit. I can’t wait to see Jordan hit that behind the back three to put Kansas away for the Mountaineers’ first Big 12 Conference championship.
The Smoking Musket Aug 13, 2017
West Virginia Won’t Win the National Championship in ‘17, But Just Might in 2018

West Virginia Won’t Win the National Championship in ‘17, But Just Might in 2018

Could 2018 be the year for the Mountaineers? [Writer's Note: This article is based upon the best available depth chart and may not feature players who have shifted during camp.] The West Virginia Mountaineers boasted a host of returning talent in 2016. A senior quarterback, junior receivers, a senior offensive line, senior defensive linemen. That amount of returning talent helped pave the way to the Mountaineers second 10-win season of the Dana Holgorsen era. As often happens with teams that returned a host of talent, the 2017 Mountaineers are one of the teams in Power 5 conferences that...
The Smoking Musket Aug 12, 2017
Colton McKivitz Could Be West Virginia’s Next Great Offensive Tackle

Colton McKivitz Could Be West Virginia’s Next Great Offensive Tackle

Sophomore Colton McKivitz was thrust into early action as a true freshman and held his own. In 2017, he could be ready to make a huge leap forward. We’re back again today with another edition of our 2017 Mountaineer football profile series. Today we look at Right Tackle Colton McKivitz Next up in our look down the road towards the 2017 season is sophomore offensive tackle Colton McKivitz. After being plunged into the thick of the action in last year’s home opener against Missouri, it’s been nothing but learning and building upon a solid freshman outing. Colton McKivitz, OL,...
The Smoking Musket Aug 12, 2017
Trevon Wesco is West Virginia’s most experienced tight end

Trevon Wesco is West Virginia’s most experienced tight end

What will his role be this year? We’re back again today with another edition of our 2017 Mountaineer football profile series. Today we look at Tight End Trevon Wesco. Trevon Wesco, TE, No. 81 Year: RS-Jr Height: 6’4 Weight: 268 Hometown: Martinsburg, WV High School, Junior College: Musselman High School, Lackawanna College How he got to Morgantown Trevon Wesco is a rare in state talent who was rated as a three star recruit by all but one outlet. Trevon spent two years at Lackawanna College (you’ve heard that name before), and was rated the third best JuCo tight end in the nation by...
The Smoking Musket Aug 11, 2017
Marcus Simms: Fleet Of Foot and The Next Great West Virginia Speedster

Marcus Simms: Fleet Of Foot and The Next Great West Virginia Speedster

Continuing the 2017 Mountaineer preview series, we now turn our attention to Sophomore receiver Marcus Simms. West Virginia’s receiving corps is a bit of an unknown entity coming into 2017 and never has there been a more opportune time for an underclassmen to emerge and broadcast him name on the national stage. Marcus Simms just might be the player to do that this season for the Mountaineers. Marcus Simms, WR, #8 Year: Sophomore Height: 6’0” Weight: 198 Hometown: Sandy Spring, Maryland High School: Sherwood High School How he got to Morgantown A consensus first team all-state...
The Smoking Musket Aug 11, 2017
2017 West Virginia Mountaineers Position Overview: Tight Ends

2017 West Virginia Mountaineers Position Overview: Tight Ends

The West Virginia Mountaineers actually have a tight end who could be a legitimate redzone threat. 2016 Exodus This has been a position the Mountaineers have gotten by with over the past few years. Fortunately for the team, they have made it a point of emphasis lately and have younger bodies in camp. No one who saw time last year left the team. Stone Wolfley did move to defensive line. Maverick Wolfley and Michael Ferns have both left the team. Trevon Wesco The coaching staff made it a point last year to attempt to get Wesco the ball. He appeared in 10 games but only caught one pass....
The Smoking Musket Aug 10, 2017
Dominique Maiden can take West Virginia’s red zone passing to the next level

Dominique Maiden can take West Virginia’s red zone passing to the next level

The JUCO transfer can provide an immediate impact to a legendarily frustrating aspect of the Mountaineer offense Dominique Maiden, WR, No. 82 Year: Junior Height: 6’5” Weight: 204 Hometown: Huntington, WVJUCO: Riverside City College High School: Temecula Valley High (CA) How he got to Morgantown Maiden spent two years at Riverside City College in California, racking up 14 touchdowns on his way to a consensus three star rating across the networks. 2017 Prospectus You’ll see Maiden and David Sills compete for playing time behind Ka’raun White at the Z receiver position, and if...
The Smoking Musket Aug 9, 2017
Check Out WVU Football’s New Video Board

Check Out WVU Football’s New Video Board

Milan Puskar Stadium just got a brand new video board and it is amazing. New @WVUfootball HD videoboard testing underway. Just one month until we bring on the Mountaineers! pic.twitter.com/Pz7LaORM8I— Shane Lyons (@WVUADLyons) August 9, 2017 West Virginia Athletic Director Shane Lyons just tweeted this video of the HD videoboard testing at Mountaineer Field and it is glorious. It will be amazing to watch the Mountaineers on this behemoth!
The Smoking Musket Aug 9, 2017
Six Mountaineers Selected to Women’s Soccer Preseason All-Big 12 Team

Six Mountaineers Selected to Women’s Soccer Preseason All-Big 12 Team

WVU proves its depth with conference recognition. The No. 1 West Virginia University women’s soccer team placed six players on Preseason All-Big 12 Team. This number sets a new high of players selected to the conference’s preseason team. Senior All-American forward, and Hermann Award watch list member, Michaela Abam was the only unanimous selection. She scored the goal that downed UNC in the national semifinal and sent WVU to the title game last December. Proving the depth head coach Nikki Izzo-Brown has built, the other five members of the Preseason All-Big 12 Team include two seniors,...
The Smoking Musket Aug 9, 2017
Kyle Bosch has made us recognize the left guard position

Kyle Bosch has made us recognize the left guard position

Do you know who plays left guard? If you’re a Mountaineer fan, you should know Kyle Bosch by now. The 2017 Mountaineer profile series continues with senior left guard Kyle Bosch. A transfer from Michigan, Bosch was inserted right away and locked the position down. He’s improved yearly and this year looks to take home two coveted prizes, the Piesman Trophy and the creepy Dana action figure. Kyle Bosch, OL, #62 Year: Senior (Redshirt) Height: 6’5” Weight: 298 Hometown: St. Charles, Illinois High School: St. Francis How he got to Morgantown Bosch was an all-state lineman in...
The Smoking Musket Aug 9, 2017
Sports Illustrated Ranks West Virginia #21

Sports Illustrated Ranks West Virginia #21

Back in the Top 25 for the Mountaineers Everyone has an opinion and everyone has a Top 25. Sports Illustrated is no different and they just released their’s. West Virginia comes in at a healthy #21. Here is what they had to say. Last year: 10–3 (7–2 Big 12); Lost to Miami in Russell Athletic Bowl SI Top 100 players: Zero Player you need to know: Quarterback Will Grier went 5–0 at Florida as a freshman in 2015, before he was suspended for a year after a positive NCAA drug test. Instead of waiting in Gainesville, Grier transferred to Morgantown, where he takes over an offense that...
The Smoking Musket Aug 9, 2017
2017 West Virginia Mountaineers Position Overview: Offensive Line

2017 West Virginia Mountaineers Position Overview: Offensive Line

West Virginia will need to replace three starters, including a Rimington Trophy finalist Since Dana Holgorsen took over in 2011, the Mountaineers have gone from a pure Air Raid team to a more complex, power-zone-Air Raid offensive scheme. The Mountaineers want to be able to both pass protect and simultaneously run power isolation and zone reads. It’s a lot to ask of players, but it all starts up front. 2016 Exodus The man at center, Tyler Orlosky departs West Virginia as one of the most unheralded lineman but one who was always worthy of attention. Orlosky was an Iron Mountaineer winner...
The Smoking Musket Aug 9, 2017
CBS Sports Ranks West Virginia 31st

CBS Sports Ranks West Virginia 31st

Not sure I agree with this CBS.... CBS Sports released its power rankings yesterday and has the Mountaineers ranked at #31 to start the season. West Virginia slides into the poll between Northwestern at 30 and Arkansas at 32. The top of the power rankings nearly mirror that of the Coaches Poll that came out last week. Alabama is #1, followed by Ohio State at #2, Florida State at #3, USC at #4 and Penn State at #5. Clemson, Washington, Oklahoma, Auburn and Oklahoma State round out the top 10. Georgia, who finished 8-5 last year and did not finish in the top 25, comes in at #15. Kansas, who...
The Smoking Musket Aug 8, 2017
If Yodny Cajuste is healthy, left tackle is locked down

If Yodny Cajuste is healthy, left tackle is locked down

Injuries have sideline Cajuste two years in a row, can he take a step forward and play all 13 games? The 2017 Mountaineer profile series continues with junior left tackle Yodny Cajuste. After back to back seasons have ended with a knee injury, can the Miramar product stay on the field for all 13 games this season? If so, the blindside protector might be the missing key for the offensive line. Yodny Cajuste, OL, #55 Year: Junior (Redshirt) Height: 6’5” Weight: 305 Hometown: Miami, Fl High School: Miramar High School How he got to Morgantown Cajuste played for former Mountaineer...

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