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The Shotgun/Throwdown (10/31/18): Will Grier’s Balancing Act: Football and Fatherhood

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Grier’s journey to national prominence has been winding, but after finding his way as a father and transferring to WVU, the QB is more comfortable on and off the field than he’s ever been.

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Football

Will Grier: West Virginia QB balances fatherhood, football | SI.com
Will Grier's journey to national prominence has been winding, but after finding his way as a father and transferring to West Virginia, the QB is more comfortable on and off the field than he's ever been.

Mountaineers 13th in initial CFP rankings | WV MetroNews
The CFP committee announced the rankings on Tuesday night. The Mountaineers (6-1) are the second-highest ranking team in the Big 12 behind No. 7 Oklahoma. West Virginia visits No. 17 Texas this week.

He did what? Josh Sills mid-game move to right guard was very smooth | WV MetroNews
Unlike other football players, the goal for an offensive lineman is to avoid detection from fans during a game. It means they’ve kept the quarterback clean, the running backs are getting to the second level and the referee hasn’t called out their name due to a penalty.

Receiver David Sills 'just makes plays' for No. 12 Mountaineers | Charleston Gazette-Mail
West Virginia University receiver David Sills caught two touchdown passes last week in the Mountaineers’ 58-14 romp against visiting Baylor, with both coming directly from conversations he had with WVU quarterback Will Grier.

WVU football gets commitment from juco defensive end | Charleston Gazette-Mail
West Virginia University’s football team nabbed a new verbal commitment Tuesday morning as Co-Lin (Mississippi) Community College defensive end Taijh Alston pledged to the Mountaineers.

Basketball

Mountaineers Down West Liberty in Exhibition | West Virginia Athletics
The West Virginia University women's basketball team outscored visiting West Liberty 46-21 in the second half to run away with an 88-53 victory in exhibition play at the WVU Coliseum on Tuesday night.

West Virginia Athletics

St. Georges Named Big 12 Defensive PotY | West Virginia Athletics
Senior Bianca St. Georges of the No. 14-ranked West Virginia University women's soccer team has been named the 2018 Big 12 Conference Defensive Player of the Year.

WVU Welcomes KU on Halloween Night West Virginia Athletics
The West Virginia University volleyball team plays host to Big 12 foe Kansas on Wednesday, Oct. 31, with first serve set for 6 p.m. at the WVU Coliseum.

Mountaineers to Train in South Africa | West Virginia Athletics
The No. 1-ranked West Virginia University rifle team will travel to Magaliesburg, South Africa, Dec. 28 – Jan. 8, for a training trip at the Eagle Eye Shooting Center.

WVU's Lyons Has a Lot to Smile About These Days | West Virginia Athletics
West Virginia University director of athletics Shane Lyons has a lot to smile about these days. Why? Well, if you've been keeping up with the national rankings – which he certainly has, there's a lot about which to be pleased - and not just with his nationally ranked football program.

Around the NCAA

What Week 10’s top-25 schedule will mean, now that we have Playoff rankings | SBNation
Keeping track of top-25 results, with postseason notes on each game as it goes final.

UCF’s actually quite fairly rated in 2018’s Playoff rankings | SBNation
The committee severely underrated the Knights last year, but a No. 12 starting point is plenty fine this year.

College Football Playoff ranking controversies, a 2014-2018 timeline | SBNation
College Football Playoff ranking controversies, a 2014-2018 timeline

Can anyone stop this Alabama offense? | SBNation
There are only a few things an opponent could try to exploit.

Even by crass college football math, DJ Durkin isn’t worth bringing back | SBNation
If all Maryland cares about is winning at any cost, reinstating this head coach is an odd way of showing it.

Maryland players speak out against DJ Durkin decision, just hours after his reinstatement | SBNation
Several players demanded accountability for teammate Jordan McNair’s death.

Why Lincoln Riley (or another college coach) could be right for these Browns | SBNation
If not Riley, another college coach might make a lot of sense.

6 winners and 4 losers following the NFL trade deadline | SBNation
The NFL trade deadline brought us a variety of trades. How do they impact both the buyers and sellers?

The Real Cannonball Run | It Seemed Smart podcast with Spencer Hall
Or, how to plan to break the law in 20 states at once.

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