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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 playmakers.
Throughout summer sessions and two weeks of preseason camp, assistant Tyron Carrier saw the potential for West Virginia's receivers to be as tough-minded as they are dynamic. Then Saturday showed him the flip side.
Prior to Friday's announcement that free safety Dravon Askew-Henry will miss the entire season after tearing the ACL in his left knee in Wednesday's practice, the biggest injury news from West Virginia's preseason camp was found on the defensive line. Yet as the Mountaineers approach the finish line and the end of camp Tuesday, that same defensive line, thinned by injuries and shaped by the contributions of a handful of freshmen, has been the bright spot of the defense.
Just like every other team in America going through preseason training camp right now, West Virginia is experiencing some of the ups and downs that come with this time of the year. One day the offense performs well, controls play and dictates the pace of practice as was the case yesterday, and then sometimes it's the other way around as happened on Saturday. The defense clearly got the upper hand during Saturday's hour and 45-minute, officiated scrimmage on a very sunny and very hot afternoon inside Milan Puskar Stadium.
West Virginia Athletics:
Former West Virginia University rifle National Champion Nicco Campriani captured his second Gold medal of the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games Sunday afternoon, as he successfully defended his Olympic title in the men's 50m rifle 3 positions competition at the Olympic Shooting Centre.
The No. 6-ranked West Virginia University women's soccer team concluded its exhibition season with a 1-1 draw at No. 4 Virginia Sunday afternoon at Klöckner Stadium, in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Around The Big XII:
The possibility of joining the Big 12 has led schools to try all sorts of creative things. Lots of places, like Cincinnati and Colorado State, have sent pamphlets or promotional materials. Houston called the politicians. UCF touted video games. East Carolina is @ ing everybody on Twitter. You get the idea. But Memphis might have had the most creative pitch yet. It sent Texas Tech some ribs. No, seriously.
Cincinnati landed a major endorsement for its candidacy for the Big 12, even if that program joining a Power 5 league creates some new headaches for Ohio State coach Urban Meyer.
Around The NCAA:
Air Force released new football helmets for a game this season against Georgia State. They look cool, but more than that, they're historical.
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