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WVU wants chemistry back in the passing game | Beckley Register-Herald
The Mountaineer offense sputtered in 2015 as quarterback Skyler Howard struggled to find a connection with young receivers like Shelton Gibson and Ka’Raun White, both now juniors. After 13 games and an offseason to work on that chemistry, though, Holgorsen has seen a new look from the WVU passing game this spring.
Cornerback spots wide open for WVU | Exponent Telegram
Last year, it wasn’t an oversimplification to say that the defense was as good as cornerbacks Daryl Worley, an NFL-ready junior, and the talented Terrell Chestnut. This year the question of how good they will be comes down simply to whether or not they can adequately replace them.
Intelligence key to success up front | Exponent Telegram
Bruce Tall and Joe Wickline are in agreement that intelligence is a key ingredient in a lineman’s success.
Is WVU’s Askew-Henry next to turn early to NFL? | Charleston Gazette-Mail
Askew-Henry had to learn under fire. His first game was against Alabama in Atlanta. He responded by separating the shoulder of receiver DeAndrew White. Later that year he had a pick-six against Oklahoma State. Last season, he was the Mountaineers’ fourth-leading tackler with 59. This year, though, he’ll have to be the Man. Gone are Karl Joseph, Daryl Worley and K.J. Dillon, perhaps all to the NFL.
Bosch, Lazard look to regain starting roles from last year | The Daily Athenaeum
The offensive line is the backbone of any football team, and the West Virginia University football team has a wealth of experience at its disposal this season. But just days away from the Blue-Gold Spring Game this Saturday, not every spot is settled.
McKoy looks like the ‘other No. 4’ | The Daily Athenaeum
Running backs coach JaJuan Seider knows he’s got a special talent in the backfield. Freshman running back Kennedy McKoy has turned heads all spring. He’s quick, plays well after contact and his football IQ is off the charts.
Penguins Descend on Morgantown Tuesday | WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University baseball team concludes a nine-game homestand on Tuesday, April 19, against Youngstown State at 6:30 p.m. ET.
Zarbnisky earns first career start for tonight’s game with YSU | The Daily Athenaeum
The West Virginia University baseball team will take a short hiatus from conference play this week, hosting the Youngstown State Penguins tonight at 6:30 p.m.
West Virginia Athletics:
Cooke Named Student-Athlete of the Week | WVU Athletics
Following his record-setting performance at the Rutherford Intercollegiate at Penn State on Sunday, junior Alan Cooke of the West Virginia University men’s golf team has been named the WVU Student-Athlete of the Week, presented by University Apartments.
Around The Big XII:
Texas spring game: What we learned | ESPN
The Longhorns could have their next great quarterback, and the offense might get a whole lot quicker, based on Saturday's game.
Oklahoma State spring game: What we learned | ESPN
Coming out of the Oklahoma State spring game, it's clear that the Cowboys' offensive line still needs work before the 2016 season.
Iowa State spring game: What we learned | ESPN
What did we learn from the Iowa State spring game? Matt Campbell and the Cyclones have a lot of work to do this offseason.
Around The NCAA:
The backlash to Urban Meyer's comments about Cardale Jones and school completely misses the point | SBNation
Urban Meyer wasn't criticizing his former quarterback's intelligence or otherwise. And not loving the school part of college is hardly an indictment of anyone.
In 1996, Rutgers' actual varsity football team played a bunch of old alumni and lost | SBNation
Perhaps the most Rutgers of Rutgers stories.
Dan Mullen had never ran a 5K, but he finished the Boston Marathon for charity | SBNation
It's hard not to respect Mullen's hustle, even if he'll spend a lot of the race walking.
Alabama is recruiting a different kind of running back in Anthony McFarland | SBNation
Alabama, Maryland and every program in the country would love to add DeMatha Catholic's all-purpose star.
Arizona pulls more 5-star recruits than anyone but Duke and Kentucky | SBNation
Arizona basketball has been sneaky dominant at recruiting lately.
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