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The Shotgun/Throwdown (9/6/18): Will Grier Picks Up Yet Another Weekly Award

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If Mountaineer quarterback Will Grier plays every week like he did on opening day, he could find himself winning the Maxwell Award at the end of the season. Grier was also named one of the Manning Award Stars of the Week.

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Football

WVU's Will Grier named Maxwell Award Player of the Week | WVU Gameday | wvgazettemail.com
West Virginia quarterback Will Grier was named the Maxwell Award Player of the Week on Wednesday. The Mountaineers were boosted by Grier's efforts in the season opener win against Tennessee last weekend.

PFF releases Big 12 Team of the Week for Week 1
Check out which Mountaineers made the PFF Big 12 Team of the Week following opening weekend.

Holgorsen, Spavital pleased with WVU running backs | WVU Gameday | wvgazettemail.com
After last season, most assumed Kennedy McKoy would be the next top WVU running back, but it was a team effort in the season opener in Charlotte.

WVU defense aims to improve on critical downs
There was a lot to like about West Virginia’s defense Saturday, but there are still aspects that can be improved.

WV MetroNews – Carrier takes ‘tough world’ approach to grading West Virginia’s receivers
The tough love from West Virginia assistant Tyron Carrier helps the WVU wide receivers remain focused on improvement even after success.

United Bank Playbook - Youngstown State - West Virginia Athletics
Let's look ahead to WVU's FCS opponent, Youngstown State, who comes to Morgantown this Saturday night.

The Importance of Recruiting Under Dana Holgorsen - Last Word on College Football
Mountaineer fans often disclaim the importance of recruiting rankings. Nonetheless, the importance of recruiting under Dana Holgorsen is clear.

Ten Mountaineers Recognized for Earning Degrees - West Virginia Athletics
Ten members of the WVU football team were included on the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame's list of 1,200 student-athletes who have already earned their undergraduate degrees and will be playing college football this fall.

Basketball

2018-19 WVU Men's Basketball Schedule - West Virginia Athletics
Pitt and Tennessee highlight the non-conference slate for the Mountaineers. WVU will also host Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas on Saturdays, which will provide more fans with opportunities to see the Mountaineers take on these Big 12 opponents.

West Virginia Athletics

Wood Named Big 12 Runner of the Week - West Virginia Athletics
Freshman Charlotte Wood of the Mountaineer cross country team has been named the Big 12 Runner of the Week.

Around the Big 12

The Kansas Jayhawks dropping football would not be absurd - SBNation.com
Is it realistic to think that the Jayhawks could consider dropping down from FBS to FCS?

Around the NCAA

Virginia Tech faked injuries vs. FSU, Willie Taggart suggests - SBNation.com
Anyone who watched Monday night's game between the Seminoles and the Hokies could see that some of the Tech defensive players suffered some very suspect "injuries" whenever FSU was speeding up the pace of their offense.

Changing kickoff rules really isn’t changing college football much - SBNation.com
Let’s run the numbers on how several rule changes have altered the game.

Jim Harbaugh’s not on the hot seat, per a very necessary president comment - SBNation.com
Jim Harbaugh is safe for now at Michigan, according to the university president.

Rick Pitino, finally unhireable, retires from coaching - SBNation.com
The one-time national champion has finished his career as a coach.

Hawaii football’s ultra-fun offense is worth losing sleep to watch - SBNation.com
Staying up late on Saturdays may be worth it to see Hawaii's offense.

2018 NFL predictions: Who will win this year’s awards and Super Bowl 53 - SBNation.com
Here is who SB Nation thinks will be this season’s biggest winners and why. How accurate do you think these predictions are?

NBA odds: 5 teams that should beat Vegas’ over/under lines - SBNation.com
Vegas may have underrated these five NBA teams.

Why the Steelers’ offensive line shouldn’t be calling out Le’Veon Bell - SBNation.com
Why in the world are the Steelers’ NFLPA reps Ramon Foster and Maurkice Pouncey ripping apart Le’Veon Bell instead of the team?


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