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Skyler Howard Wins Second Championship in Japan

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Former West Virginia quarterback Skyler Howard is making a career for himself in the Japanese X-League. Howard helped lead the Obic Seagulls to their third consecutive championship and his second since joining the team. Last year Howard was named Pearl Bowl MVP in the championship game, and this season he threw for three touchdowns to lead his team to a win.

During his two seasons in Morgantown, Howard led WVU to 18 wins including one bowl game win, in the Cactus Bowl. He also helped the Mountaineers reach the 10-win mark in 2016, which still stands as the only year that WVU reached double-digit wins since joining the Big 12. Howard is continuing that winning tradition as a professional in Japan and he is on track to have a very successful career in the X-League.

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John Flowers and Kevin Jones join Tony Caridi and Brad Howe on this episode of Three Guys Before The Game. During the conversation, Flowers and Jones talk about the WVU men’s basketball alumni team, Best Virginia, in The Basketball Tournament (TBT). Best Virginia is comprised of many former Mountaineer greats. The team that wins the tournament will collect a $2 million prize. TBT will be nationally televised on the ESPN networks later this summer.

Former Fairmont standouts, Darius and Dante Stills, decided to stay in the Mountain State and continue their football careers as Mountaineers. Now, the Stills brothers are working to make the most of their opportunities at WVU. Darius is currently a junior and Dante is a sophomore. Both Mountaineers are defensive linemen. Last season they combined for 28 tackles and four sacks. The brothers are looking to build upon those numbers this season, as they take advantage of Vic Koenning’s aggressive defensive scheme.

West Virginia athletics is playing a great role in the Mountain State’s economy. Recent research has shown that WVU athletics provides an economic impact valued at over $302 million each year. In Monongalia County, Mountaineer athletics provide a yearly economic impact valued at over $78 million. When the $302 million value of WVU athletics is broken down by sport, the football program shows the largest impact valued at almost $194 million.

Check out this season’s West Virginia men’s basketball recruiting video:

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