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WVU receivers comfortable with Howard as leader | The Exponent Telegram
Over the course of these last four years, Jordan Thompson has started to get a feel for what receivers need to do in order to build that bond with a quarterback, and Thompson said that Howard seems to get it.
2015 Season Preview: West Virginia Mountaineers | ESPN
A rough October will prove too much for West Virginia, in terms of contention, but the Mountaineers will provide a challenge for every opponent.
Coaches, teammates raving about WVU receiver Durante | Charleston Gazette-Mail
During West Virginia’s first 13 preseason football practices, many opinions were formed about Jovon Durante. It was harder to decide what to trust.
The big winners from WVU's preseason camp | The Exponent Telegram
Training camp just ended for the West Virginia football team, and like every year, there were several players who used the preseason practices to their advantage to prove to the coaching staff where they could be of value to the team, while others began to slide further down the depth chart.
WVU linebacker Barber made most of time away from field | Charleston Gazette-Mail
It’s probably wise not to underestimate the value of what Jared Barber went through the past two years. And that has nothing to do with the rehabilitation that has made his damaged knee stronger.
Fan Day Draws Thousands, Proves High Interest in WVU Football | WV Illustrated
The West Virginia University football brand is as marketable as it's ever been. Whether you agree with that or not, that's your opinion. But judging by the 2,000-plus fans that arrived bright and early Sunday morning prior to the start of 2015 Fan Day, it seemed as though the program is back to its respectable stature.
Autographs, smiles mark West Virginia’s annual Fan Day | WV MetroNews
August brings students back to campus, college football back to the forefront, and perforated season-ticket cards to the mailboxes of eager Mountaineers fans. And August brings Fan Day, with its replica helmets, selfies with Skyler Howard, and a group of new jerseys.
Let’s hear it for the home team | The Dominion Post
For Billy Kinney and five other Morgantown natives who wear the Gold and Blue, home games carry a slightly different meaning.
West Virginia Athletics:
A Youthful Beginning | WVU Athletics
The WVU women's soccer team launched behind two best-friends' efforts.
Around The Big 12:
Feldman's Big 12 picks: Baylor's time for undefeated title run is now | FOX Sports
The Bears vs. the Horned Frogs, last season's biggest subplot to the playoff debate, will get new life this fall.
Big 12 picks, predictions: TCU has one key advantage Baylor can't overcome | FOX Sports
TCU or Baylor? Baylor or TCU? I've gone back and forth on it all summer. Especially since the Big 12 really will have one true champion this year.
Former Baylor LB leaves special 'tip' for TCU graduate | FOX Sports
Move over, Red River Rivalry, there's a new rivalry in the Big 12 conference. After sharing a controversial Big 12 title in 2014, the Baylor Bears and TCU Horned Frogs have developed a grudge for one another as the new powerhouses in the conference. It didn't help matters when the Bears narrowly beat the Frogs 61-58 in October.
Around The NCAA:
The 2015 Piesman Trophy Watch List, or the country's most exciting giant athletes | SBNation
You can't have a (very real) award without a watch list, so our (very real) award for the nation's most impressive lineman feat has one.
Nick Saban frustrated with Alabama QB competition | Sporting News
Alabama's first game of the 2015 season is just three weeks away, and Nick Saban is none the wiser as to who his starting quarterback will be. Following an intra-squad scrimmage on Saturday, Saban voiced his frustration with the quarterback competition.
USC freshman quarterback Ricky Town to transfer, report says | Sporting News
The top quarterback from USC's highly-touted 2015 recruiting class has requested a transfer after spending only a few months on campus.
Gators fan creates the worst rap song known to man | Sporting News
Hype videos are supposed to get you excited for college football. This video will make you hope Florida never plays another football game. Ever.
ESPN's college football hype video is kind of scary | Sporting News
College football is so close you can almost taste the grass Les Miles is inevitably going to munch on. If you weren't excited enough, ESPN's new hype video will get you pumped for the season, but it might creep you out a bit too.
Geno Smith of New York Jets reprimanded for unauthorized physical activity after surgery | ESPN
Jets quarterback Geno Smith was reprimanded by the team Sunday for playing catch with a friend only two days after surgery on his fractured jaw, disobeying an edict to avoid physical activity.
Austin flashes big-play potential | St. Louis Post-Dispatch
For those hoping new Rams offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti can bring out the best in Tavon Austin, play No. 2 in Friday’s preseason opener against Oakland was a tantalizing tease.
John Fox: Kevin White's surgery likely this week | Chicago Sun-Times
Wide receiver Kevin White will likely have surgery to insert a rod into his left tibia sometime this week.
Hard to believe Bears GM Ryan Pace after Kevin White fiasco | Chicago Tribune
losing wide receiver Kevin White to a stress fracture the Bears downplayed from day one, general manager Ryan Pace gained a credibility problem.
Buona fortuna: Truck Bryant signs deal in Italy | College To Pro Sports
Mountaineer point guard and former BK Kolin point guard Darryl "Truck" Bryant will continue his professional career this coming season in Italy.
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