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The Shotgun/Throwdown (4/25/19): The 2019 NFL Draft Could be Historic for West Virginia Football

This year’s NFL Draft could have the most Mountaineers ever drafted in one year, since the draft was reduced to seven rounds.

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WV MetroNews Will Grier leads historically deep West Virginia class into NFL Draft - WV MetroNews
A potentially historic NFL Draft weekend awaits for Mountaineer football. Will Grier leads one of the deepest groups of West Virginia players to ever enter the NFL Draft pool.

Neal Brown Big 12 Coaches’ Teleconference - West Virginia University Athletics
Listen to West Virginia coach Neal Brown’s post-spring remarks about his team on the Big 12 coaches’ teleconference.

WVU football: NFL up next for former Musselman High star Trevon Wesco | WVU Gameday |
It was not so long ago when Trevon Wesco was a man without a home in the sports he loved. Wesco was a standout in football and basketball at Musselman High School, and broke many records during his high school career. Now he is preparing for the next step in his sports career at this weekend's NFL Draft.

WVU’s Long About to Realize Lifelong NFL Dream - West Virginia University Athletics
The organization that most values what football players do with their helmets on will likely take West Virginia's David Long Jr. in this year's NFL Draft, which begins tonight in Nashville.

WV MetroNews Three Guys Before The Game - Gary Jennings (Episode 112) - WV MetroNews
Tony Caridi and Brad Howe go deep with Gary Jennings to learn about his development and borderline obsession to succeed at the highest level of the sport.

David Sills V 1-on-1 With Matt Leinart - West Virginia University Athletics
West Virginia wide receiver David Sills V goes 1-on-1 with FOX Sports college football analyst Matt Leinart ahead of this weekend's NFL Draft taking place in Nashville, Tennessee.

With draft on horizon, confidence drives Grier | 2019 NFL Draft Preview
There’s one word to describe how former West Virginia quarterback Will Grier is feeling ahead of the 2019 NFL Draft: confident.

Unique path shapes Sills' draft story | 2019 NFL Draft Preview
Facing adversity was just a part of learning and growing for David Sills. He said his unique past taught him how to play with a chip on his shoulder.

On-Campus Recruiting Coordinator Announced - West Virginia University Athletics
WVU football has announced the hiring of Katelyn Giusto as the Mountaineers on-campus recruiting coordinator.

WV MetroNews Neal Brown has plenty to say in Big 12 coaches teleconference debut - WV MetroNews
From his West Virginia welcome to the team's most improved players to the need for more players at one position, Neal Brown addressed several topics on Tuesday.


Shelby Joins Women’s Basketball Staff - West Virginia University Athletics
West Virginia women's basketball coach Mike Carey announced the addition of Bett Shelby as an associate head coach on Wednesday. Shelby arrives in Morgantown after spending the 2018-19 season at North Carolina, where she served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator.


Manoah Adds Second National Pitcher of the Week Honor - West Virginia University Athletics
For the second time in the last three weeks, Mountaineer junior, right-handed starter Alek Manoah has been named the National Pitcher of the Week by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

Manoah’s Recent Stretch Among Most Dominant in School History - West Virginia University Athletics
In Alek Manoah's last three games, all West Virginia wins, the junior righthander has struck out 41 batters, walked none, and permitted only 10 hits in the shutout victories.

Batter up: WVU Student Improving Baseball Team’s Analytics - West Virginia University Athletics
A West Virginia industrial mathematics and statistics student is helping WVU baseball coaches improve their understanding of the strike zone.

West Virginia Athletics

Lyons Reveals 2019 Slate - West Virginia University Athletics
West Virginia University Director of Athletics Shane Lyons announced today the 2019 women's soccer schedule. The Mountaineers will have a number of interesting non-conference matchups including matches against Penn State, Virginia, Georgetown, and Stanford.

Five Named to Academic All-Big 12 First Team - West Virginia University Athletics
Five members of the West Virginia tennis team have been named to the Academic All-Big 12 Women's Tennis Team. Seniors Paula Goetz, Abigail Rosiello, and Kirsten White, as well as sophomores Giovanna Caputo and Anne-Sophie Courteau were all selected to the team.

Around the Big 12

Big-time Big 12 turnover with 4 new head coaches this spring | WVU Gameday |
Never before has the Big 12 had such a big turnover in head football coaches. Not even when the conference had more teams.

Big 12 players poised for potential breakouts this season
Check out some of the Big 12 Conference players who could have breakout seasons and be impact players in 2019.

College Sports: These are the biggest Big 12 storylines as spring football comes to a close | SportsDay
Big 12 spring football officially ended this past weekend and here are a few takeaways to take into summer.

2019 NFL mock draft: Kyler Murray still goes No. 1 in the final prediction -
SB Nation still has Oklahoma's Kyler Murray going first in the final mock draft before the real NFL Draft begins.

Around the NCAA

The NCAA should stop micromanaging and let every transfer play -
The Brock Hoffman case at Virginia Tech illustrates a broader problem with NCAA rules.

Here’s how few games the NCAA’s new overtime rule will impact -
The NCAA announced a slight change to its traditional college football overtime rules. Now, once a game hits the fifth overtime, teams will just line up for alternating two-point conversion attempts from the three-yard line, rather than lining up at the 25 and attempting conventional drives.

Wyoming looks a little more like a Craig Bohl team each year -
The Cowboys might be too young to compete for another division title, but they’re going to be a fun and physical team.

Damian Lillard’s series-winner over OKC is legendary for these 10 reasons -
Damian Lillard is forever a legend for this one series-clincher alone. Coming back from a 15-point lead early in the fourth quarter, Lillard completed his 50-point barrage with the most ridiculous step-back 37-foot shot at the buzzer to send Russell Westbrook, Paul George, and the Oklahoma City Thunder packing, 118-115.

NFL Draft big board: The 200 best players in 2019 -
If you like defense, the 2019 NFL Draft is for you. This class is overloaded with top players on defense, especially along the defensive line.

3 teams that could trade up for Cardinals’ No. 1 pick in 2019 NFL Draft -
The Cardinals have bigger needs than quarterback and could get quite the haul if another team wants Kyler Murray.

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