Nine days into preseason training camp, West Virginia’s Neal Brown and his coaching staff still have nearly a month until the Mountaineers open up against Eastern Kentucky on September 12th. Add in the fact that full contact drills have not yet started, it will be a while before any type of depth chart comes into focus. Veterans Austin Kendall and Jarret Doege continue to compete for playing time at the quarterback spot. Brown has also consistently praised the newest member of the quarterback room, freshman Garrett Greene. Greene is adding tremendous athleticism and energy to the quarterback group this year.
Today’s practice standouts on defense included safety Sean Mahone, true freshman cornerback Daryl Porter Jr., linebacker Dylan Tonkery, and true freshman defensive lineman Ahkeem Mesidor. West Virginia coach Neal Brown said Porter has put in three consecutive days of solid practice work going against sophomore wide receiver Sam James with some the older cornerbacks unavailable for practice. The offensive standouts Brown mentioned included wide receiver Sam James, center Chase Behrndt, right tackle John Hughes, running backs Tony Mathis Jr. and Lorenzo Dorr, and wide receiver Bryce Ford-Wheaton.
Hoppy Kercheval rejoins Brad Howe and Tony Caridi to officially begin the discussion on the 2020 West Virginia football season. This episode of “Three Guys Before The Game” covers a wide range of topics, including how many games the Mountaineers will actually play and the current quarterback battle.
West Virginia coach Neal Brown began Wednesday’s media video conference with some roster updates. He noted that offensive lineman Ja’Quay Hubbard and wide receiver Zack Dobson are now practicing with the team, while linebacker Tony Fields is still going through the COVID-19 quarantining process before he will be permitted to join workouts.
More split-squad work was on the menu today for the West Virginia football team. Neal Brown’s practice standouts included wide receiver Bryce Ford-Wheaton, tight end Mike O’Laughlin, and defensive lineman Quay Mays in the first group, and wide receiver T.J. Simmons, true freshman quarterback Garrett Greene, and true freshman cornerback Daryl Porter Jr. with the second group.
Around the Big 12
Texas Tech director of athletics Kirby Hocutt announced Tuesday that former Lady Raider Krista Gerlich has been hired as head coach of the school’s women’s basketball program. Gerlich has spent the last seven seasons at UT-Arlington and she became UTA’s all-time winningest coach.
Around the NCAA
The NCAA Division I Council has recommended that student-athletes be given another year of eligibility, as well as an additional year in which to complete it. Council members recommended to the Board of Directors that student-athletes be given an extension of their five-year eligibility period, as well as an additional season of competition if they play 50 percent or less of the maximum number of competitions in their respective sport.
NCAA senior vice president of basketball Dan Gavitt issued a statement Monday on the continuing preparations for a 2020-21 season. He indicated contingencies for a November 10th start date are now being considered as a result of COVID-19 fear. The NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Basketball Oversight Committees will collaborate on finalizing recommendations for the start of the college basketball season.
The Portland Trail Blazers shocked the Los Angeles Lakers, 100-93, in Game 1 on Tuesday night. Blazers star Damian Lillard was shooting deeper threes than ever before, on his way to scoring 34 points, and there was nothing the Lakers could do to stop it.
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