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William Crest Emerging As Backup QB

With junior Skyler Howard settling in as the starting quarterback, West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen is turning his attention to developing a dependable backup.


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News Of Note


WVU's Crest emerging as backup QB option | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
With junior Skyler Howard settling in as the starting quarterback, West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen is turning his attention to developing a dependable backup.

WVU offense comfortable with new aerial outfit | The Daily Athenaeum
Since the beginning of the Dana Holgorsen era, the West Virginia University football team has been led by an impressive group of wide receivers on offense.

Play Of WVU Freshmen Leads to Changing Roles | Blue Gold News
West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen said recently that he can only remember one freshman wide receiver making a real impact at any of the colleges where he has coached. Despite that, he's banking on two such players, as well as a junior college transfer, to give him more productivity and depth on this year's football team.

New receivers could grow to be special | The Exponent Telegram
There are words in sports that tend to make coaches somewhat shaky and, perhaps, at the top of the list is the word "potential." So you could almost feel Dana Holgorsen’s arteries hardening when he was asked at a media gathering a week or so ago if this young receiving group of recruits possess as much potential as he has ever had come into his program at one time.

Make-or-break position battle: West Virginia WRs | ESPN
The Mountaineers are looking to replace Kevin White and Mario Alford, who combined for 2,392 yards and 23 touchdowns last season.

Mountaineers want to make special teams special | Charleston Gazette-Mail
The Mountaineers focused on special teams extensively during and after practices in the spring and summer. When they went live, they could spot and correct errors as they happened because assistant coaches trained their eyes on the players they were assigned. In film review, those coaches could speak up and with a particular focus and expertise.

Backup Battles, New Roles For WVU Defenders | Blue Gold News
West Virginia's first 11 on defense is well-set, with experienced performers manning every spot in the 3-3-5 system. That has allowed for some experimentation and moves of players into different backup roles, which will allow the Mountaineers to be more flexible during the 2015 season.

Christian Brown Embracing Move To DE At WVU | Blue Gold News
Heading into this season with what figures to be a much improved defense, WVU has shaken things up along the defensive line, to a certain degree, in an effort to shore it up.

Holgorsen, Huggins Shows Return to Kegler’s | WVU Athletics
For the third year, the Dana Holgorsen Show and the Bob Huggins Show return to Kegler’s, Morgantown’s most popular sports bar and restaurant.


Bahamas trip paid dividends for WVU | Charleston Gazette-Mail
As far as bonding experiences are concerned, the way Jevon Carter sees it there was at least one stark difference between last summer and this for West Virginia’s basketball team. Last year Bob Huggins took his players to a coal mine. This year it was the Bahamas.

WVU hoops notes: Myers’ presence looking doubtful | Charleston Gazette-Mail
It’s beginning to look as if the basketball team that West Virginia took to the Bahamas last week might be the one it takes into the season, as well. And if that’s true, it would mean no Teyvon Myers.

Bonding, not blowouts, should be WVU’s lasting lesson from Bahamas | WV MetroNews
Last year’s trek into the depths of a coal mine was memorable, but Jevon Carter preferred West Virginia’s more recent team-building exercise, a five-day trip to the Bahamas

Around The League

Around The Big 12:

How TCU football became a title threat; Punt, Pass & Pork |
By bringing in Doug Meacham and Sonnie Cumbie to run TCU's offense, Gary Patterson turned the Horned Frogs into title contenders.

QB Seth Russell lights it up in Baylor Bears' first scrimmage | ESPN
QB Seth Russell delivered a near flawless performance in Baylor's first scrimmage of the preseason on Saturday.

Around The NCAA:

College athlete unionization is officially dead. For now, at least |
In a surprising reversal, the national labor board overturns the unions decision.

NLRB will not allow Northwestern football players to form union | Sporting News
The National Labor Review Board unanimously ruled against Northwestern football players who had hoped to form a union.

Northwestern football union ruling: Sizing up implications |'s legal expert Michael McCann breaks down all the implications of the NLRB's ruling on the Northwestern football players union.

N.C. State gives Russell Wilson's No. 16 to QB as part of 'Legends' program | Sporting News
North Carolina State made an interesting choice as the first football player honored as part of its legends program, selecting someone who finished his college career at a different school.

Here are 13 new college football uniforms for 2015. Are they lit or not? |
Fans justify their teams wearing these things because young athletes are said to like them. Here, a young athlete on whether each of these is good.


Between two schools: Ferns choosing West Virginia or Penn State? | WV MetroNews
Four-star recruit Brendan Ferns, the highest-rated linebacker prospect in Ohio for the 2016 recruiting class, said he plans to choose between Penn State and West Virginia before the start of his senior season.

West Virginia Pros

WVUPros news and notes following Week 1 of the NFL Preseason | College To Pro Sports
Here are a few items coming out of the first full week of the NFL Preseason, including notes on Geno Smith, Kevin White, Tavon Austin and one player being let go by his team.

New York Jets WR Brandon Marshall says QB Geno Smith wasn't instigator in fight with IK Enemkpali | ESPN
Wide receiver Brandon Marshall said he witnessed the Geno Smith-IK Enemkpali altercation last week and affirmed that the New York Jets QB is being unfairly portrayed as the instigator.

Myers: With Geno Smith looking like bust, Jets going nowhere | NY Daily News
Geno Smith is such a train wreck that Jets fans are daydreaming about the good old days of Mark Sanchez.

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