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The Shotgun/Throwdown (2/23/18): Is Will Grier A Realistic Heisman Trophy Candidate?

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Grier’s supporting cast and coaching staff will help him put up eye-popping numbers. Unfortunately, the team’s success will likely dictate how close he gets to a New York invite.

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Welcome, By-Godders, to The Shotgun/Throwdown, WVU’s best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions.

Football:

Film Room: The Heisman Hype Team for 2018 | Diehards
It's the heart of the offseason, so naturally, it's time to start predicting the Heisman Trophy winner for 2018! (Yes, Will Grier made the list)

Kyzir White could offer the Seahawks a fallback option for Derwin James | Field Gulls
SBNation's Seattle Seahawks blog has West Virginia safety Kyzir White on their want list.

Basketball:

WVU's Carter Poised To Join A Club Of One | West Virginia Athletics
It seems with each passing day Jevon Carter's name is added to a new list, be it the Naismith Trophy, the Senior CLASS Award, the Wooden Award, the Bob Cousy Award … you name it. What the guard has accomplished in four seasons at West Virginia University is truly remarkable.

WVU notebook: Iowa State facing Mountaineers short-handed | Charleston Gazette-Mail
Many coaches go to a small lineup because of matchups. Steve Prohm of Iowa State, however, has to go to a small roster — because of injuries and circumstances.

Big 12 reprimand means Huggins allowed to vent for free | WV MetroNews
At least the Big 12 didn't fine West Virginia's coach. After all, that 35-2 free-throw gap invited some criticism.

More to Big 12 officiating than missed calls | The Times WV
The Big 12 didn’t owe Bob Huggins the public reprimand it laid on him Thursday for comments last Saturday after his West Virginia Mountaineers lost at Kansas in a game in which the Jayhawks shot 35 free throws and West Virginia shot TWO!!!!!!. Instead, it owed him an apology.

Baseball:

West Virginia to play 4 games in SC | WV Illustrated
Head coach Randy Mazey and West Virginia (1-2) head to Conway, SC this weekend to play four games in three days as part of the Brittain Resorts Invitational.

WVU Travels to Tournament at Coastal Carolina | West Virginia Athletics
The second week of the season sends the West Virginia University baseball team to Conway, South Carolina, for the Brittain Resorts Invitational, hosted by Coastal Carolina, from Feb. 23-25.

WVU Athletics:

WVU Tallies More Record Performances at Big 12 Meet | West Virginia Athletics
The West Virginia University swimming and diving teams competed in the second day of the 2018 Big 12 Swimming and Diving Championship, at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center, in Austin, Texas, on Thursday, as five more school records fell.

Around The Big XII:

Oklahoma State quarterback battle wide open heading into spring camp | Big 12 Diehards
Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph left campus as one of the most productive players in the program’s history. Now, Coach Mike Gundy has his work cut out replacing him.

Sooners' NCAA Tournament hopes still alive, but reaching critical condition | Big 12 Diehards
No one could’ve predicted Oklahoma would be in this position. In the middle of January, it was in the discussion for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The question as February draws to a close is: Will Oklahoma even reach the March Madness?

Around The NCAA:

Marshall’s Larry Aaron III dies from gunshot wound complications | SBNation
Rest In Peace, Larry Aaron III.

Iowa State Cyclones vs. (21) West Virginia Mountaineers
Saturday at 6:00PM ET on ESPNU and WatchESPN. The Mountaineers will be looking to get a little retribution for the loss in Ames.

Baylor Bears vs. TCU Horned Frogs
Saturday at 12:00PM ET on ESPN2 and WatchESPN.

Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. Texas Longhorns
Saturday at 2:00PM ET on The Longhorn Network and WatchESPN.

(8) Kansas Jayhawks vs. (6) Texas Tech Red Raiders
Saturday at 4:15PM ET on ESPN and WatchESPN. The Jayhawks will win their 14th consecutive Big 12 regular season title. Notice I didn’t qualify that statement.

Kansas State Wildcats vs. Oklahoma Sooners
Saturday at 6:00PM ET on ESPN2. Just how fall can the Sooners fall due to the Trae Young bubble bursting?

Dear Big 12,

I can’t wait to watch Hey I Know What That’s From: The Movie.


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