Praise for a true freshman on the third official day of training camp can be difficult to come by. But Bluefield native and defensive lineman Sean Martin picked some up from West Virginia head coach Neal Brown on Wednesday. “Sean Martin was a big get for us,” Brown said. “Not only does he look the part, he has done everything we have asked him to do since he has been here. He is learning. The game is obviously at a different speed. He is extremely detail oriented. He is intelligent and understands the game. He is about the right things, so I think he has a bright future.”
Day three of West Virginia football training camp was actually able to happen after Tuesday night’s decision by the Big 12 presidents to continue pushing forward with a college football season. Two newcomers, Bluefield defensive end Sean Martin and Clearwater Academy defensive lineman Akheem Mesidor, both stood out on Wednesday. Neal Brown also thought his two quarterbacks, Jarret Doege and Austin Kendall, had some good moments and some inconsistent moments.
West Virginia will still play its lone non-conference game September 12th at home against Eastern Kentucky. The Mountaineers will then start Big 12 action on the road September 26th at Oklahoma State, then return home October 3rd for a matchup with Baylor. WVU is set to play six home games and four away games.
The Big 12 Conference has confirmed that it is joining the SEC and ACC in holding steadfast in its intentions to play football this fall, in spite of the Big Ten and Pac-12 deciding to postpone their seasons. The Big 12 has also released a revised conference schedule.
One of the top graduate transfers in the nation is bound for Morgantown. Tony Fields II, a senior linebacker from Las Vegas, Nevada, announced his commitment to West Virginia on Monday night. Fields departs from Arizona, where he was a three-year starter and started in all 37 games across the last three seasons.
Teays Valley Christian Prep rising juniors Jerome Beya and Josiah Davis both recently received scholarship offers from West Virginia. Davis is a 6-foot-3 guard and Beya is a 6-foot-9 post player. Poca rising junior Isaac McKneely also holds a WVU scholarship offer in the class of 2022.
Tyrone Sally’s career at West Virginia is perhaps one of the least told best stories in school history. The soft-spoken Sally takes Mountaineer fans on a detailed journey of his career with great stories on this episode of “Three Guys Before The Game.”
West Virginia Athletics
The West Virginia volleyball team began its 2020 season on Tuesday, returning to the court for preseason practices. Five starters return to the Mountaineers this season. WVU is coming off a 12-17 season in 2019, which included its 700th win in program history.
11 West Virginia gymnasts were named Scholastic All-Americans, as the 2019-20 honors were announced by the Women’s Collegiate Gymnastics Association on Tuesday.
Fan voting has begun for the 2020 Dan Majerle Hustle Award, and former Mountaineer Jevon Carter needs you to vote. The Majerle Hustle Award is given at the end of each season to the Phoenix Suns player who “most personified the same hustle, grit and determination that Suns Ring of Honor member Dan Majerle displayed as a player.”
Around the Big 12
In moving forward with planning for the upcoming fall sports season the Big 12 Conference also released its revised 2020 conference football schedule. The “9+1” scheduling model features a September 26th start date for conference play. Check out the schedule!
The Big 12 Conference has nominated Oklahoma soccer player Kaylee Dao and Alison Gibson from the Texas swimming and diving team for 2020 NCAA Woman of the Year. Dao led OU with 13 goals and one assist to earn unanimous All-Big 12 First Team recognition last season. Gibson was named the unanimous Big 12 Diver of the Year in 2020.
Around the NCAA
Even though two of the five power conferences won’t be playing football this fall, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said he does not believe it will diminish the meaning that comes with a national championship. Swinney also noted that he believes the four best teams will still be in the College Football Playoff.
The Phoenix Suns still have a chance to make the playoffs, but they need to beat the Mavericks and have either the Grizzlies or Blazers to lose tonight. Will Mountaineer fans get to see their beloved Jevon Carter in the NBA Playoffs for the first time?
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