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West Virginia in search for the most dependable Mountaineer receiver

West Virginia's Tyron Carrier, the first-year wide receiver coach, had rated Gary Jennings his “most dependable” receiver, which brings us to a discussion of which is more valuable to a team — dangerous or dependable.

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WVU looking for most dependable receiver | The Exponent Telegram
Perhaps the most intriguing development out of West Virginia’s preseason camp, which now turns toward the two weeks of game preparation for the Sept. 3 home opener against Missouri, is that the Mountaineers’ best receiver may not be their most important receiver.

A peek behind the curtain of WVU football | Charleston Gazette-Mail
More and more, it seems, folks look at major college football programs as businesses or corporations shrouded in secrecy. The coach is the CEO, the face that occasionally emerges from behind the curtain to give updates. On Friday, however, WVU coach Dana Holgorsen allowed the Gazette-Mail behind the curtain for a peek as the Mountaineers move toward their Sept. 3 opening game against Missouri.

Versatile WVU defensive back Fleming leading by example | Charleston Gazette-Mail
There are times when one of West Virginia’s assistant coaches feels the need to not only stop what he’s doing, but to stop what everyone else is doing. Maurice Fleming has done it again.

WVU’s Marvin Gross quietly getting the job done at spur safety | Charleston Gazette-Mail
Marvin Gross is basically undetectable. It’s what makes him so intriguing to outsiders wondering how he’s atop the depth chart at spur safety. It’s what West Virginia’s defensive coordinator likes most about him.

WVU football defense moving from ‘scoop’ to ‘scoop and score’ | Charleston Gazette-Mail
With the new regular season and the Sept. 3 opener against Missouri approaching, the Mountaineers are again focused on turnovers and what to do with them. On the 31 plays when the defense forced a turnover last season, WVU totaled 122 return yards. That’s 3.9 yards per return. Twenty-six turnovers saw no return yardage.

West Virginia ‘took a chance’ on Nwachukwu and it’s paying off | WV MetroNews
It still requires an interviewer’s persistence to pry much from Noble Nwachukwu. The kid doesn’t waste syllables. He carried the same stoic, almost expressionless, disposition back in high school at Wylie, Texas, which factored into his limited recruitment.

West Virginia Athletics:

No. 5 WVU Comes Back, Ties No. 2 PSU - WVU Athletics
Down a goal late to the defending National Champions and playing in front of a record-crowd of 5,791 fans, the No. 5-ranked West Virginia University women’s soccer team dug deep and pulled out a 1-1 double-overtime draw at No. 2-ranked Penn State on Friday night, in the teams’ season opener at Jeffrey Field.

No. 5 Mountaineers, Izzo-Brown Earn Big Win - WVU Athletics
A goal each half helped the No. 5-ranked West Virginia University women’s soccer team overcome wet, tough conditions and deliver career win No. 300 to coach Nikki Izzo-Brown, as the Mountaineers defeated Buffalo, 2-0. Sunday afternoon, in the Penn State Invitational at Jeffrey Field.


WVU football recruits busy all over the country | Charleston Gazette-Mail
Recruits and college coaches alike are focusing on the upcoming season, but there are still several recruiting updates from the last week.

West Virginia, defensive tackle commitment ‘part ways’ | WV MetroNews
Baltimore defensive lineman Marcus Coleman, committed to West Virginia since mid-July, has re-opened his recruitment.

Around The League

Around The Big XII:

If our Big 12 blogs were in charge, here's how expansion would go | SBNation
Let's take the temperature of some passionate and knowledgeable Big 12 fans.

Around The NCAA:

Preseason college football rankings: Alabama starts at No. 1 in AP Poll | SBNation
Media voters still have the Crimson Tide on top, and that’s not a surprise.

Based on my analysis, Alabama will probably win several football games in 2016 | SBNation
Alabama has won four of the last seven national titles and easily has the pieces to make it five in eight. But five tricky road trips await, and depth issues could strike at QB or in a couple of defensive units. Don't crown 'em just yet.

6 Notre Dame football players arrested overnight Friday on various charges | SBNation
Six Notre Dame football players were arrested overnight between Friday and Saturday, facing charges ranging from misdemeanor marijuana possession to unlicensed handgun possession and battery.

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