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The Shotgun/Throwdown (9/19/18): Will Grier an NFL Draft first-rounder according to scouts

While he has the highest grade according to ProFootballFocus, Grier is currently listed as the second QB off the board

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Scouts: Will Grier an NFL First Rounder | EerSports
Will Grier is one of the top NFL Draft prospects for 2019.

WVU football: 'Aggressive' Kansas State defense will challenge Grier, Mountaineers | Charleston Gazette-Mail
Kansas State is, for the most part, a known commodity in the world of college football. The Wildcats do what they do, and they usually do it well for coach Bill Snyder. West Virginia University coach Dana Holgorsen, however, sees some slight changes from the usual look K-State presents, particularly on defense.

WVU football notebook: Kansas State brings continuity into clash with Mountaineers | Charleston Gazette-Mail
When you think of Kansas State football, you think of longtime coach Bill Snyder.

K-State offense has lost its grip with early season fumbles | WV MetroNews
Through three games, it’s not hard to figure out Kansas State’s Achilles heel in 2018.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Strong pass defense should fortify WVU’s game against Kansas State | Times West Virginian
If West Virginia had been given a choice to have one game cancelled this season, the contest against North Carolina State could not been a better choice — even if the reason for the cancellation was due to an angry lady named Florence.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Sills family, football helped transform Bigelow’s life | Times West Virginian
Kenny Bigelow doesn’t pull any punches when he talks about it. The talk was about his long relationship with WVU wide receiver David Sills, about how Sills had been offered a scholarship to USC when he was 13 years old, and Sills’ father starting a football-first high school called Eastern Christian.

Redshirt rule leads to developmental Thursdays at West Virginia | WV MetroNews
The NCAA’s new rule permitting players to play up to four games while retaining a redshirt season has already led to an adjustment in West Virginia’s weekly preparation.

Avery on UNT punt-return fakeout: ‘If we don’t hear a whistle, we’re not stopping’ | WV MetroNews
West Virginia players saw the highlight of North Texas punt returner Keegan Brewer pulling off the craziest, gutsiest fake-out in special-teams history.

Mountaineers in the Pros: Week Two | West Virginia Athletics
In this week's report, Tavon Austin finds the end zone, Kyzir White records his first career interception and a pair of Mountaineers get a win on Monday Night Football.

West Virginia Athletics

WVU men's soccer team blanks Cincinnati 2-0 | Charleston Gazette-Mail
The West Virginia University men’s soccer team topped Cincinnati 2-0 Tuesday night thanks to a pair of second-half goals.

Mountaineers Shut Out Bearcats | West Virginia Athletics
A pair of second-half goals and a shutout performance defensively lifted the West Virginia University men's soccer team to a 2-0 victory over Cincinnati on Tuesday night at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.

West Virginia Opens Big 12 Play | West Virginia Athletics
Riding a four-match win streak into league play, the West Virginia University volleyball team opens the 2018 Big 12 Conference season on Wednesday, Sept. 19, when Iowa State comes to the WVU Coliseum for a 6 p.m. match.

Around the Big 12

Impactful wins, losses emerge as Big 12 play gets rolling | Times West Virginian
It’s no surprise that West Virginia enters this weekend’s home game against Kansas State riding a two-game winning streak. But, it is a surprise that the University of Kansas — long the doormat of the Big 12 — also enters this week’s action with a two-game winning streak after beating Rutgers 55-14 on Saturday.

Around the NCAA

The top 5 college football teams’ biggest weaknesses | SBNation
Here’s some hope for upsets.

Alabama football is actually fun now | SBNation
Tua Tagovailoa’s Tide offense is a blast to watch.

Tua Tagovailoa, Kyler Murray taking college football over | ESPN
One is making Alabama look better than ever. The other has let Oklahoma lose a Heisman winner without missing a beat. The CFB world belongs to Tua and Kyler.

Why 2019’s calendar is going to make it easier for college football to avoid severe weather | SBNation
The calendar will allow for greater flexibility with rescheduling in 2019 ... but don’t get used to it.

Why you shouldn’t worry about the Big Ten’s bad start | SBNation
Despite some high-profile losses, the B1G is fine.

Is college football’s cut block rule harming the triple option? | SBNation
Short answer: we don’t know yet. Longer answer: there are signs that it’s hurting in a significant way.

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