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Who will fill in at the Will linebacker position during David Long’s absence?

Now that there’s something more credible than just rumors, it’s time for someone to step into Long’s spot as a starting linebacker.

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After David Long’s knee injury, who fills the Will for WVU? | WV MetroNews
With West Virginia gearing for a titanic season opener against former Big East rival Virginia Tech, David Long’s absence will force some shuffling by defensive coordinator Tony Gibson, who aims to make his outside linebackers interchangeable.

No big names on WVU defense | The Exponent Telegram
It is not to go unnoticed that when they announced the Preseason All-Big 12 All-Conference football team on Wednesday, nary a West Virginia defender was mentioned. There is good reason for that, although it might not be as it seems.

WVU offensive lineman Kyle Bosch on the mend, ready to work | Charleston Gazette-Mail
A season ago, West Virginia’s best plan along the offensive line was broken in the first quarter of the first game. There were some nervous moments during April’s spring game when it seemed the Mountaineers might be stung even sooner this year.

WVU's Battle Improving His Craft | WVU Athletics
One of the next guys Tony Gibson needs to get ready is senior Elijah Battle, unquestionably the most seasoned corner West Virginia has returning in WVU’s defense

WVU’s Martin invited to USA basketball trials | Charleston Gazette-Mail
West Virginia University women’s basketball junior guard Tynice Martin is one of 40 players invited to the 2017 USA Basketball U23 national team trials, which will take place July 31-Aug. 4 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Women’s Hoops Non-Conference Schedule Revealed | WVU Athletics
West Virginia University Director of Athletics Shane Lyons has announced the 2017-18 women’s basketball non-conference schedule.

Quick Hits:

If ‘NCAA Football 18’ were real, here’s how EA Sports might rate each team | SBNation
Rankings of all 130 teams for 2017, in the three categories the old games used.

FSU and Clemson aren’t ‘built like SEC teams.’ They’re better. | SBNation
Roughly 13 of 14 SEC teams would trade situations with either ACC power.

Is the SEC trying to juice up its Florida-LSU and Arkansas-Missouri rivalries? | SBNation
It could be good for business, but probably not.

Nick Saban explains the most precious fuel of all: failures | SBNation
If you, reader, have given up a questionable pick-like route and finished one second shy of spending an entire season at No. 1 in your own life, now’s the time to capitalize.

Have another hype video. This one comes with a little bit better music selection than the one featured on Monday.

Between the new season of Last Chance U and this, I’m gonna have to take a day off on the 21st to binge all day.

Today’s Miss Throwdown is a Colombian fitness/Instagram model, and nothing I can say about her will do any justice. Just give Anllela Sagra a follow on Instagram and enjoy.