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West Virginia coaches optimistic about new Mountaineer running backs

Before preseason practice began, WVU was confident it could continue the trend from 2015. Two weeks of camp followed and only secured that optimism.

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Football:

New WVU running backs have coaches optimistic | Charleston Gazette-Mail
When Wendell Smallwood, who led the Big 12 in rushing yards and yards per attempt last season, decided in January to skip his senior season and head to the NFL, his absence was filled by question marks.

Player Versatility Brings Value to a Team | WVU Athletics
There is an old saying well-known to almost anyone who has ever picked up a book: "A jack of all trades is a master of none." Well, West Virginia University’s Dana Holgorsen certainly adheres to that figure of speech, particularly as it relates to his football players.

Mountaineers Lean on D-Line Experience | WV Illustrated
When Dravon Askew-Henry went down this summer, it left only two players on West Virginia’s projected starting defense with more than 10 career starts.

Freeport's Thimons fights for reserve linebacker spot at WVU | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Freeport, PA product Logan Thimons only has been on campus at West Virginia for a few months, but the freshman linebacker hasn't wasted any time getting adjusted to a new role.

West Virginia Athletics:

Mountaineers No. 6 in TDS.com Poll - WVU Athletics
Following a 1-0-1 showing at the Penn State Invitational last weekend, the West Virginia University women’s soccer team is down one spot to No. 6 in this week’s TopDrawerSoccer.com Women’s Top 25 Poll.

Foster Named Student-Athlete of the Week | WVU Athletics
On the heels of a nine-save performance in her first collegiate contest, women’s soccer freshman Rylee Foster has been named the WVU Student-Athlete of the Week.

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Around The Big XII:

Big 12 QBs pose plenty of challenges | The Exponent Telegram
When you talk about the Big 12 in any year, you talk about a league heavy in quarterback talent, featuring players who can put numbers on the board both in yardage and points. But this year, maybe even more so than usual, seems to be one of those standout seasons.

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