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Newcomer Tony Fields II is already having a positive impact on the West Virginia defense

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Escaping the desert heat, Arizona transfer Tony Fields has made an impact at WVU

West Virginia’s leading tackler in each of their first two games was not on the Mountaineer roster through most of the offseason. Tony Fields II has made an immediate impact on the WVU defense after transferring into the program from Arizona in August. In WVU’s season-opening win over Eastern Kentucky, Fields led the team with 10 tackles. He also had nine tackles this past week against Oklahoma State.

Baylor game will test WVU’s ability to improve and adjust after loss at OSU

Three days after the Mountaineers’ 27-13 loss at Oklahoma State, West Virginia head coach Neal Brown balanced the obvious disappointment of a lost opportunity with the need to move on to face a Baylor team that dominated Kansas 47-14 in their opener. Brown also noted that the Mountaineers have to avoid mental mistakes, such as turnovers, which may have cost them the game against the Cowboys.

WVU athletic official says plan for fans was carefully put together

West Virginia Athletic Department officials are confident in their plan to allow the return of fans at Milan Puskar Stadium this fall. WVU made the announcement for fans on Monday and indicated that the cap of 15,000 fans in attendance is expected to be in place for the remainder of the 2020 season.

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Women’s soccer ranked No. 7 in national poll

West Virginia women’s soccer is still in the top ten after suffering a tough loss on the road to Oklahoma State. The Mountaineers are now 2-1 and sitting at #7 in their second week in the rankings. WVU fell three spots from #4 after taking a loss in overtime at Oklahoma State, who was ranked #6 at the time and is now at #4.

WVU Plays Host to K-State in Home Opener

The West Virginia volleyball team returns to Morgantown to play host to Kansas State in the 2020 home opener today. The match will air live on ESPNU. Friday’s match against the Wildcats will be carried live on Big 12 Now on ESPN+.

WVU golf finishes ninth in opening tournament of the season

The West Virginia golf team opened up its fall season with a disappointing third round this week at the Colonial Collegiate Invitational in Fort Worth, Texas. The Mountaineers tied for ninth place this morning after going 20 over-par on the last day of the tournament.

Mountaineers in the Pros: Week 3

In Week 3 of the 2020 NFL Season, nine former Mountaineers saw action. Former WVU standout Karl Joseph caught a second quarter interception that later led to a 49-yard rushing touchdown by Nick Chubb in the Cleveland Browns win over Washington. Check out what the other Mountaineers were able to do this week.

Around the Big 12

McPherson Named Walter Camp & Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week

Thanks to a forced fumble that led to a touchdown, a game-clinching interception and a career-high 11 tackles at #3 Oklahoma, Kansas State senior safety Jahron McPherson has been named the Walter Camp and Bronco Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week.

Players from Big 12 Featured in MLB Playoffs

As the 2020 Major League Baseball Playoffs opened on Tuesday, players from Big 12 Conference programs appeared on postseason rosters throughout the league. Fifteen former Big 12 players were listed on the postseason rosters.

Around the NCAA

‘Can we play just one game?’ Inside Houston football’s lost month of September

Houston is yet to play a game in the 2020 season due to effects of the coronavirus pandemic. The Cougars head coach, Dana Holgorsen, showed that he was not going to let the lack of games throw him and his team off by saying, “It’s 2020, and we’re used to this crap.”

NFL expert picks, Week 4: Who moves to 4-0?

Welcome to Week 4 of the NFL season, where there is a possibility that one of this week’s games will not happen. A COVID-19 outbreak inside the Tennessee Titans locker room could postpone their game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Despite the possibility of one less game being played this week, here are the SB Nation expert picks for Week 4 of the NFL season.


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