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The Shotgun/Throwdown (12/25/18): David Sills and David Long Ready for WVU Bowl Game

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These two Mountaineer stars are eager to play in the Camping World Bowl this week.

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Football

WVU football: Receiver David Sills ready for last hurrah with Mountaineers | WVU Gameday | wvgazettemail.com
There was a choice that had to be made by several West Virginia football players in days and weeks that followed the end of the Mountaineers’ regular season. For some, that meant cutting their time as WVU football players short, but for senior receiver David Sills the choice was an easy one. No chance he was going to pass up a final opportunity to play football for the Mountaineers.

WV MetroNews – For David Long, a decision on NFL future can wait — but a win cannot
West Virginia linebacker David Long doesn't know whether the Camping World Bowl is his last game as a Mountaineer, but he does know he wants to win it.

Holgorsen: Simmons to Start at Inside Receiver on Friday - West Virginia University Athletics
Jack Allison and Trey Lowe are going to handle the quarterbacking duties for West Virginia in the 2018 Camping World Bowl this Friday night against #17 Syracuse. Junior Kelby Wickline is going to subin at left tackle in place of Yodny Cajuste. The other remaining question for the Mountaineer offense was the player filling in for Gary Jennings at inside receiver. Dana Holgorsen said that junior T.J. Simmons will be that guy.

Opportunities abound for WVU in bowl game | Sports | wvnews.com
In the past, a bowl game was always a farewell party for the stars, but with the trend being for star players to skip lower-rung bowls rather than face the fear of injury, it gives you a look at tomorrow’s replacements.

West Virginia Athletics

Passing out gifts to the Mountaineers | Sports | wvnews.com
It’s Christmas, a time for giving and we don’t want to leave anyone out. Here’s a bag full of gifts for our WVU friends.

Around the Big 12

College Sports: Big 12 bowl preview: Postseason schedule provides conference more opportunity to prove doubters wrong | SportsDay
Oklahoma got the benefit of the doubt from the College Football Playoff selection committee. As a result, Texas found itself in a big-time bowl.

Kansas basketball: Jayhawks drop in latest AP poll rankings | The Kansas City Star
The Kansas Jayhawks men’s basketball team fell four spots to #5 in the latest Associated Press basketball poll released Monday. KU still received four of 65 first-place votes, while Duke was the new #1.

Alamodome's turf, dry conditions exciting for Iowa State
Iowa State excited by positive conditions for Alamo Bowl.

Around the NCAA

Syracuse football DE Alton Robinson, DT McKinley Williams won’t play in bowl | syracuse.com
Syracuse defensive end Alton Robinson and defensive tackle McKinley Williams will not play in the Camping World Bowl due to personal reasons.

Alabama suspensions for Orange Bowl include starting LG Deonte Brown - SBNation.com
Alabama now has three suspensions for the Orange Bowl for "violations of team rules and policies."

Brandon Wimbush transfer shouldn’t affect Notre Dame in the Playoff - SBNation.com
Notre Dame quarterback Brandon Wimbush will transfer after the College Football Playoff.

Dexter Lawrence’s failed drug test at Clemson: What happens next - SBNation.com
Dexter Lawrence’s immediate future hinges on the testing of a second sample.

NFL Christmas cleats: The best footwear during Week 16 - SBNation.com
NFL players were feeling festive this week.

NFL Week 16: The 9 dumbest mistakes from a Grinch-like Sunday, ranked - SBNation.com
The Lions still don’t know how to defend a Hail Mary, and the Steelers put their playoff fate in the hands of the Browns.

NFL playoff picture 2019: 4 teams clinch, 3 spots remain in final week - SBNation.com
The NFC will go through New Orleans, and the Cowboys, Texans, Patriots, and Seahawks are in the playoffs.

2019 NFL mock draft: The strangest QB draft in years - SBNation.com
Few teams need quarterbacks in the next draft, so where the top ones could fall is up in the air.

Falcons punter Matt Bosher absolutely leveled a Panthers returner - SBNation.com
Matt Bosher has never been afraid to make contact, and Kenjon Barner learned that the hard way.


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