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The Shotgun/Throwdown (4/23/19): Why Will Grier is One of the Best Quarterbacks in this Year’s NFL Draft

Former West Virginia star Will Grier could potentially be the third quarterback selected in this year’s NFL Draft.

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Why Will Grier is probably the 3rd-best quarterback in the NFL Draft -
The West Virginia quarterback produced elite numbers in college, and he did it in an increasingly NFL-friendly offense. Check out why this Mountaineer has a very good chance of becoming a quality professional quarterback.

WV MetroNews Five key questions facing West Virginia football this offseason - WV MetroNews
Neal Brown is still in the honeymoon phase of his West Virginia coaching tenure after his first spring as a Mountaineer. He and the Mountaineers enter the offseason with several questions that won’t be resolved until training camp, and some that may even carry over into the season.

WVU football: David Sills out to prove he can hang at NFL level | WVU Gameday |
The story of how David Sills was once a highly sought after quarterback prospect has been told countless times. Now Sills wants to prove to the professionals that he can translate those collegiate skills to the NFL. He will find out where he gets the opportunity to do that during this week’s NFL Draft in Nashville, Tennessee.

WV MetroNews Three Guys Before The Game - David Long (Episode 111) - WV MetroNews
In this episode, Tony Caridi and Brad Howe learn how David Long’s upbringing fueled his determination to overcome obstacles that could have ended his career prematurely. Instead, Long left WVU as one of its all-time leading performers and is on the verge of being chosen in the NFL draft.

WVU’s Chandler Learning a New Mountaineer Defense - West Virginia University Athletics
Josh Chandler believes what new defensive coordinator Vic Koenning has in store for West Virginia's defense will eventually make for a great product on the field this fall.

WV MetroNews Brown's first impression of Kanawha Valley: This is Mountaineer country - WV MetroNews
WVU football coach Neal Brown got his first full taste of West Virginia’s capital city and the Kanawha Valley on Monday.

Versatility helps Wesco stand out | 2019 NFL Draft Preview
After his performances at the Senior Bowl, NFL Combine, and WVU Pro Day, Trevon Wesco has caught the attention of several scouts, coaches, and analysts. Wesco is currently projected as a late round pick by several NFL Draft experts and websites.

Changing trends could benefit WVU LB Long | 2019 NFL Draft Preview
The 2019 NFL Draft is approaching and David Long, the reigning Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, is one of several former Mountaineers waiting to hear his name called this week.

WVU football recruiting: Coaches extend new offers during nationwide sweep | WVU Gameday |
The Mountaineer football coaching staff has spread out all over the country, visiting and scouting recruits to kick off the spring evaluation period. The WVU assistants traveled everywhere from Florida to Michigan, extending new offers and making a strong impression on new targets.


What the new NBA Draft rules mean for Sagaba Konate, WVU
Sagaba Konate’s decision to pursue the NBA Draft seems more like a formality than a surprise, but based on new NCAA rules, the star shot blocker could still have a path back to Morgantown to play out his final year of eligibility.

WV MetroNews After year away from basketball, Sean McNeil showed major colleges he could play - WV MetroNews
Looking back now on his journey, there are parts to Sean McNeil’s story even he finds difficult to believe. The incredible shooting guard has signed to play at West Virginia after earning All-American honors at Sinclair Community College.

WV MetroNews West Virginia's Konate officially declares for NBA draft; plans to sign with agent - WV MetroNews
Sagaba Konate cleared up some speculation around his future by declaring he will sign with an agent and enter the NBA Draft. Under the new NCAA rules that does not automatically end Konate’s college eligibility.


Manoah Collects Third Straight Big 12 Pitcher of the Week - West Virginia University Athletics
For the third week in a row, West Virginia junior, right-handed starter Alek Manoah has been named the Big 12 Pitcher of the Week. Manoah is the first pitcher in Big 12 history to be named Pitcher of the Week three consecutive weeks.

No. 17 WVU Hosts Penn State Tuesday - West Virginia University Athletics
The #17 Mountaineer baseball team concludes its homestand against Penn State tonight at 7 p.m., at Monongalia County Ballpark.

West Virginia Climbs in Polls After Another Big 12 Series Win - The Smoking Musket
The Mountaineers have now won four consecutive Big 12 series and the remaining schedule eases up after facing ranked teams to start. West Virginia now sits at 8-7 in conference and only two games out of first place. The Mountaineers continue to work their way towards hosting a Regional in the Field of 64.

Furious Rally Falls Just Short as Jayhawks Take Sunday Finale 6-5 - The Smoking Musket
A four-run rally had everyone at Monongalia County Ballpark thinking about a third straight walk-off, but Kansas did just enough to salvage the final game of the series. The Mountaineers will host the Penn State Nittany Lions tonight for a midweek contest before heading to Austin, Texas, this weekend for a matchup with the Texas Longhorns.

West Virginia Athletics

Gardner Takes Down Another Record at Virginia - West Virginia University Athletics
Redshirt senior Madelin Gardner of the West Virginia track and field team broke the outdoor school record in the pole vault at the Virginia Challenge in Charlottesville on Saturday.

Mountaineers Finish Season Against Wildcats - West Virginia University Athletics
After falling to the #7-seeded Kansas State Wildcats, 4-0, in the opening round of the 2019 Big 12 Women's Tennis Tournament, the West Virginia tennis team has concluded its 2019 season.

2019 Men’s Soccer Schedule Unveiled - West Virginia University Athletics
Highlighted by nine home matches, West Virginia University Director of Athletics Shane Lyons has announced the 2019 men's soccer schedule. The schedule is full of interesting non-conference matchups against teams such as Ohio State, Cincinnati, North Carolina, and an exhibition against rival Virginia Tech.

Osborn Earns Silver Medal - West Virginia University Athletics
Sophomore Sarah Osborn of the West Virginia rifle team finished second in the women's 50m rifle 3 positions at the 2019 National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships.

Meet the Mountaineers: Ava Richards - West Virginia University Athletics
Throughout the spring semester, Mountaineer fans will have the unique opportunity to get acquainted with the West Virginia volleyball team. Next up is Ava Richards.

Gold Team Wins Gold & Blue Regatta - West Virginia University Athletics
Racing its way to three wins, the West Virginia rowing Gold team defeated the Blue team, 800-500, on Friday morning, on the Monongahela River in Morgantown.

Around the Big 12

Big 12 Men’s Golf Championship Information - West Virginia University Athletics
The West Virginia golf team will host the 2019 Big 12 Men's Golf Championship starting this Friday on The Old White TPC at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. Check out the tee times, as well as admission and parking information.

No. 8 Baylor Men's Tennis captures Big 12 Championship title over No. 2 Texas
#8 Baylor men’s tennis won the doubles point and never looked back in its 4-1 victory over #2 Texas in the Big 12 Championship final on Sunday afternoon.

No. 20 Kansas tennis tops No. 7 Texas to earn 2019 Big 12 Conference Championship - University of Kansas Athletics
#20 Kansas tennis topped #7 Texas to earn the 2019 Big 12 Conference Championship.

Kyler Murray’s timeline from baseball to potential No. 1 NFL Draft pick -
In less than a year, Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray was a high MLB Draft pick, won the Heisman, and will soon be a top NFL Draft pick. But his journey took several other twists before that.

NFL Draft 2019: Here’s how Kyler Murray could fall out of the top 10 -
Retired NFL lineman Geoff Schwartz isn’t saying Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray will drop, but if he does, this is how things could play out.

Around the NCAA

Air Force football preview 2019: Expect a nice Falcons rebound -
Air Force has always been a little bit different. Troy Calhoun, now entering his 13th season as the Falcons’ head coach, had a unique combination in his background: the former Air Force QB and six-year assistant also worked for Jim Grobe at Ohio and Wake Forest for eight seasons, then worked in the NFL for four years.

2019 NFL Draft: 22 fun facts about this year’s quarterback class -
The 2019 NFL Draft class of quarterbacks includes big-name guys like Will Grier, Kyler Murray, Dwayne Haskins, and Daniel Jones. You may not know each and every guy in this year’s quarterback class, but there are actually some pretty intriguing ones. A lot of them have compelling and fun backstories, too.

NFL Draft 2019: These are the WR numbers that should matter to teams -
Here’s what advanced stats can tell us about this year’s wide receiver prospects, from the sleepers to the ones to pass on.

Nashville is ready to show why it’s the perfect host for the NFL Draft -
This year’s NFL draft gives Nashville a big stage to shine and gives the league the party it wants.

A reverse 2019 NFL mock draft, where the players choose their teams -
If the top players in the 2019 NFL draft were able to choose their destinations, where would they go? Let's take a look at where some of these players would end up, if they were able to choose their new team.

CBS Sports to broadcast WNBA games beginning in the 2019 season - Swish Appeal
The multiyear deal will broadcast 40 WNBA games in primetime and on weekends via the CBS Sports Network.

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