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The Shotgun/Throwdown (7/26/18): Grier vs. NC State’s Finley set to be an early season marquee matchup

That non-conference game should be a battle between two of college football’s top quarterbacks.

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Football

WVU-N.C. State game should pack punch | Charleston Gazette-Mail
That non-conference game should be a battle between two of college football's top quarterbacks.

Sound Off: David Sills V | West Virginia Athletics
Returning All-American and Biletnikoff Award finalist David Sills V discusses his breakout campaign in 2017, the lofty expectations for WVU football in 2018, and facing daily what he believes is a very underrated Mountaineer defense during Big 12 media days in Frisco, Texas, last Tuesday afternoon.

Holgorsen Show at Kegler's Moves to Mondays | West Virginia Athletics
The Dana Holgorsen Show, the Bob Huggins Show, and the Mike Carey Show return to Kegler's, a popular sports bar and restaurant in Morgantown, for another exciting year of Mountaineer sports.

Baseball

WVU’s Conner Dotson transferring to Texas-Rio Grande Valley | WV MetroNews
Conner Dotson, who made five appearances for West Virginia this past season while recovering from a broken arm suffered in 2017, plans to leave as a graduate transfer.

West Virginia Athletics

Soccer Scarf Ticket Package on Sale | West Virginia Athletics
The West Virginia University soccer scarf ticket package is now on sale, following a fan vote to determine the design of the 2018 scarf. In its fourth year, the scarf ticket package includes a scarf and 10 tickets to be used at any women's or men's soccer match during the 2018 regular season. Packages are just $30 and are available while supplies last.

Sear Named GCAA All-America Scholar | West Virginia Athletics
Rising senior Max Sear of the Mountaineer golf team was named a Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar by the Golf Coaches Association of America.

The Midwest and the Memphis Grizzlies | Grizzly Bear Blues
The Grizzlies have drafted what they know time and time again. It continues with the selection of Michigan State’s Jaren Jackson Jr. and West Virginia’s Jevon Carter.

In Oakland, veteran Bruce Irvin finds smack-talking, kindred spirit in Jon Gruden | ESPN
You could say these are bright times for Bruce Irvin, who has had his share of dark days in his life. Since the end of last season, he has earned a degree, becoming the first member of his family to graduate from college, made a much-desired position switch from outside linebacker to defensive end and maybe, just maybe, found a kindred spirit in returning Oakland Raiders coach Jon Gruden.

Tavon Austin 'web back' role for Cowboys explained | 247Sports
"Tavon Austin is a wide receiver. No, he's a running back. Wait, is he both and neither at the same time? Is that what "web-back" means?" - You, probably

Training camp will show what the Cowboys have in store for Tavon Austin | Blogging The Boys
Training camp is here, thus gives us our first look at newly-acquired Tavon Austin.

Chicago Bears WR Kevin White spends offseason training with quarterback Mitch Trubisky | ESPN
Bears wide receiver Kevin White, entering the last year of his rookie deal, hopes a new offseason regime that includes training with Mitch Trubisky will get his career back on track.

Breakout seasons from Karl Joseph, Gareon Conley crucial to success of Raiders defense | Silver And Black Pride
If the safety Karl Joseph and cornerback Gareon Conley break out in 2018, the Oakland Raiders could break out as a team.

Around the Big 12

Andrew Jones update: Texas guard who fought cancer back to playing pickup hoops | SBNation
Six months after being diagnosed with Leukemia, Texas Longhorns guard Andrew Jones is back to playing basketball.

College Sports: Nearly 60 percent of Big 12 players support allowing kneeling during anthem, survey says | SportsDay
SportsDay surveyed 22 Big 12 players at conference media days last week and 13 players said they support kneeling during the anthem. Two opposed it, and seven chose to pass or otherwise not choose a side.

2018 Ray Guy and Lou Groza Award Watch Lists Announced | Big 12 Conference
After both the Ray Guy and Lou Groza Award Watch Lists were announced, a combined five Big 12 athletes were nominated as candidates.

Around the NCAA

Alabama QB controversy: Jalen Hurts reportedly tells Saban he’s staying | SBNation
Alabama’s quarterback depth chart is a puzzle already, and it could still get more complicated.

How will Washington Huskies offense evolve in 2018? | SBNation
In big games, the Huskies stuck to the basics, and it usually ended up working.

We want Bama, say a bunch of MAC players at their media day | SBNation
The consensus is that the MAC does, in fact, want Bama. But does Bama want the MAC?

TODAY’S FBS TEAM PREVIEW BY BILL C

As always, SB Nation’s Bill Connelly is working his way through every Division I FBS football team, from Georgia State to Alabama. Check out the teams Bill has already previewed by clicking HERE.

Mark Richt’s Miami Hurricanes are the projected favorite in all 12 of their 2018 games | SBNation
Does Richt have the QB to avoid landmines? If so, the Canes could be ready for a huge season.

Todd Gurley’s contract is a special deal for a special kind of player | SBNation
Todd Gurley reset the running back market with his contract extension, but what sets him apart from his peers?

DeMar DeRozan on the Raptors reasoning for trading him: ‘It’s B.S. to me’ | SBNation
DeRozan is not buying what the Raptors, or team president Masai Ujiri, are selling.

Antonio Brown showed up to Steelers training camp in a dang helicopter | SBNation
Antonio Brown’s interesting training camp entrances continue.


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