The Mountaineer football team practiced for about two hours Tuesday morning and used officials for some of the situational work. West Virginia head coach Neal Brown said that he saw “some good and bad” in a practice that started with a lot of energy and competition. WVU also ran red-zone passing drills and had open-field run periods, which were dominated by the defense.
After Monday’s practice that West Virginia head coach Neal Brown said was dominated by the defense, Tuesday’s practice was more balanced and more of what he prefers. Brown highlighted the play of linebacker Dylan Tonkery, defensive lineman Darius Stills, running backs Leddie Brown and Tony Mathis, and bandit VanDarius Cowan.
At West Virginia’s recent preseason practice, the Mountaineers had an emphasis on third and short plays and the offense was dominant during that period. Offensively, WVU head coach Neal Brown commended the work of running backs Leddie Brown and Tony Mathis Jr. during the short yardage period. He also complimented the play of senior middle linebacker Dylan Tonkery.
The year was 1984 and West Virginia had just ended Penn State’s 29-year winning streak at Mountaineer Field. The word “FINALLY” was used to describe WVU’s unforgettable win over the Nittany Lions, and that message was captured through an iconic picture of the students tearing down the goal posts with “FINALLY” flashing on the scoreboard above them.
For the first time in five months classes have resumed on campus at West Virginia University. Will football be far behind? That is just one of a myriad of topics Tony Caridi, Brad Howe, and Hoppy Kercheval dive into on this episode of “Three Guys Before The Game.”
West Virginia Athletics
The West Virginia women’s soccer’s 2020 season will officially begin on September 11th at Iowa State. The Mountaineers will follow that game with a home match against Kansas State on September 18th. WVU Athletics is continuing to work with University, local, and state authorities on the possibility of fan attendance at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium this season.
The West Virginia golf team will compete in three different contests this fall. The first tournament will take place in Fort Worth in late September and will feature only Big 12 teams. This tournament will determine seeding for the Big 12 Match Play Championship being held a few days later. The Mountaineers will also host the The Health Plan Mountaineer Invitational at Pete Dye Golf Club in October.
Thousands of students are safely back on West Virginia University’s campus for the first day of classes. In that crowd of students were hundreds of WVU student-athletes, who are back on campus where they belong.
Former West Virginia defensive end Will Clarke has joined the Detroit Lions, making his return to the NFL after a stint in the XFL. This will be Clarke’s fourth team in his six-year NFL career, which began when he was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals with the 88th overall pick in 2014.
Around the Big 12
With so many viable contenders on Oklahoma’s heels, there is no telling how the Big 12 standings will shake out, and individual breakout performances could have a significant impact on the conference landscape. Here are 10 potential breakout players to know in the Big 12 this year, including West Virginia safety Tykee Smith.
Oklahoma center Creed Humphrey and Oklahoma State running back Chuba Hubbard were named to the Associated Press Preseason All-America First Team highlighting the Big 12’s seven overall selections. Second Team honorees included Iowa State tight end Charlie Kolar, Oklahoma kicker Gabe Brkic, Oklahoma State receiver Tylan Wallace, Texas tackle Samuel Cosmi and TCU safety Trevon Moehrig.
Around the NCAA
Which college football programs have the best quarterbacks and wide receivers? Which school has earned the nickname “DBU?” ESPN Stats & Information came up with some parameters to decide which college football teams lead the country at these positions and more.
Former football great Herschel Walker spoke at the 2020 Republican National Convention on Monday and denounced false allegations that President Donald Trump is a racist. During his speech, Walker also said “Just because someone loves and respects the flag, our National Anthem and our country, it doesn’t mean they don’t care about social justice.”
Legendary college football coach Lou Holtz spoke at the 2020 Republican National Convention on Wednesday night, endorsing President Trump as the man to lead America to victory. Holtz also discussed how politicians, professors, and protesters “blame others for problems” and “don’t have pride in themselves.”
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