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The Shotgun/Throwdown (1/24/19): Record Number of Mountaineers in Senior Bowl

A school record five seniors are preparing to play in the Reese’s Senior Bowl this week. Six Mountaineers were invited to the game.

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Football

Tom Bragg: Will Grier’s injury revelation no big deal | Tom Bragg | wvgazettemail.com
Former West Virginia quarterback Will Grier shed some light on his decision to skip the Mountaineers’ Camping World Bowl appearance against Syracuse in a media session Tuesday at the Senior Bowl.

Record Number of Mountaineers Performing at This Year's Senior Bowl - West Virginia University Athletics
The largest-ever contingent of Mountaineer football players is performing at this year's Reese's Senior Bowl taking place this week.

Future Broncos QB? Will Grier believes past adversity has prepared him for NFL. – The Denver Post
Will Grier is not projected as a high first-rounder, but he could be an intriguing option for teams like the Broncos that are drafting early in the second round.

2019 NFL Draft: Will Grier says he’d be ‘honored’ to play for Jags
Will Grier could be returning to the north Florida area after the draft being that the Jags could use a signal-caller to lead their team.

Houston Texans Rumors: Yodny Cajuste should be team's top draft target
The Houston Texans desperately need help along the offensive line for the 2019 season. Yodny Cajuste would go a long way to fixing the problem.

How West Virginia TE Trevon Wesco would fit in the Seahawks offense - Field Gulls
The Seahawks may want to double down on a big blocking tight end who can also catch. West Virginia tight end Trevon Wesco may be their man.

WV MetroNews – Neal Brown relies on Troy connections to fill 3 administrative roles
Mark Perry was named director of WVU football administration, with Brian Bennett coming along as director of player personnel, and Patrick Johnston joining the Mountaineers as director of football operations.

NFL Draft Profile: West Virginia LT Yodny Cajuste - Bleeding Green Nation
Mountaineers’ product boasts first-round film.

WVU QB Will Grier confident in explaining his Florida exit
While early reviews of Will Grier’s first two days of Senior Bowl practice were mixed — especially regarding his accuracy, particularly on deep throws — his arm strength has popped.

Basketball

WV MetroNews – Three Guys Before the Game: How’d that happen? (Episode 86)
How did the Mountaineers basketball team beat #7 Kansas and then lose in convincing fashion to Baylor two days later?

Mountaineers Top Texas Tech - West Virginia University Athletics
Redshirt junior guard Tynice Martin led all scorers with 23 points as the WVU women's basketball team topped Texas Tech.

West Virginia Athletics

Mountaineers Remain No. 2 - West Virginia University Athletics
The WVU rifle team continues to rank #2 in the College Rifle Coaches Association (CRCA) Rankings.

WVU Professional Basketball Update - January - West Virginia University Athletics
The January update on former West Virginia Mountaineers playing professionally in the States and overseas.

Around the Big 12

College Sports: Grading the Big 12 coaching hires: Underwhelmed by your coach? Here's why new car smell isn't so bad | SportsDay
Here's a closer look at the four hires of Big 12 coaches complete with letter grade. Check out the grade that WVU and Neal Brown received.

CBS Sports ranks top Big 12 draft prospects
With the 2018 college football season officially in the rearview, many of the top players in the Big 12 Conference are headed to the NFL. Take a look at the top Big 12 prospects in the 2019 NFL Draft.

With smaller crowds spotted across the nation, Texas drew more football fans in 2018 | Hookem.com
During the 2018 football season, Texas sold out two home games and averaged 97,713 fans over its six appearances at Royal-Memorial Stadium.

Around the NCAA

Senior Bowl 2019 preview: Quarterbacks, under-the radar players to know - SBNation.com
From the big names to the small-school stars, these are players to keep an eye on at the NFL Draft’s top all-star game.

College Basketball Bracketology 2019: Thrilling Saturday leads to Tuesday top line shakeup - SBNation.com
All four of last week’s #1 seeds faced serious, March-like tests this weekend. Only two passed.

Virginia Tech’s transfer exodus now includes QB Josh Jackson - SBNation.com
The transfer bug is biting Virginia Tech’s football program again.

The 10 most important players of Super Bowl 53, ranked - SBNation.com
Both New England and Los Angeles will be relying on star-studded supporting casts, but the most important players on the field might not be the Pro Bowlers and All-Pros you expect.

Rams can win Super Bowl 53 with Aaron Donald, Ndamukong Suh, Dante Fowler - SBNation.com
Retired NFL defensive end Stephen White shows how Dante Fowler, Ndamukong Suh, and Aaron Donald made life miserable for Drew Brees. Is Tom Brady next?

NBA mock draft 2019: Zion Williamson is No. 1. What happens after that? - SBNation.com
SB Nation's latest NBA mock draft tries to figure out who will be taken after Zion Williamson in June.

Super Bowl 53: Mercedes-Benz Stadium’s 7 wildest features - SBNation.com
Here is what to know about Mercedes-Benz Stadium, host of the 2019 Super Bowl.

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