While we wait for the summer to roll on through and the air to go from hot and humid to cool and crisp, indicating another season of West Virginia Mountaineers football is upon us, let us look back on some of top plays that helped define the 2017 season.
Don’t forget you can look back on previous version if you need to scratch that itch for highlight plays from the Mountaineers.
10. David Long Is Superman Against OSU
David did everything he could against the Oklahoma State Cowboys, racking up 18 tackles, 14 solo and 7 TFL. Despite the superhuman effort, the Mountaineers fell but if you didn’t believe that Long was one of the nation’s best linebackers before this game, you had to believe it after.
9. Marcus Simms Burns Baylor
Will Grier started slow in this game but started to pour it on late. He hit David Sills for three touchdowns and then tossed this fake screen vertical to Marcus Simms. Simms used a spin move which allowed the Baylor defender the hope of catching him but Simms turned on the afterburners and pulled away.
8. Kyzir White Picks Off ECU
I loved this play so much I did a whole Nite’s Watch on it. Just watching White sprint to the sideline like he knows before the ball is snapped where the QB is going and being right is amazing to me. It was plays like this that got White drafted by the San Diego Chargers.
7. Gary Jennings TD Catch Against VT
This was one of my favorite touchdowns of the season (and the only touchdown for Jennings, who led the team in both receptions and receiving yards), not because it showcases a lot of good things about Will Grier like ball placement and velocity [check out the throw from the QB view at 1:20] but because of what Geoff Coyle was able to capture as Jennings crossed the goalline.
Gary Jennings with the face on his way to a 60-yard TD. Savage. #WVU pic.twitter.com/BDpzUD31JG— Geoff Coyle (@GFCoyle) September 4, 2017
6. Ka’Raun White Mimics Brother Kevin Against TTU
The fact that it was Ka’Raun White and not another receiver who made basically the exact same catch in the exact same spot of the endzone (even going the exact same way on field) really makes this play. Add in the fact that the Texas Tech Red Raiders were ranked and we’re looking to steal a win in Morgantown, the catch becomes even bigger. The play helped spark the comeback.