Neal Brown’s Mountaineer team appears to be falling into place for their second contest of the season after the team unveiled their second depth chart on Tuesday. Freshman wide receiver Reese Smith will get his second career start in the slot over senior TJ Simmons, who missed the first game of the season due to a suspension. On defense, Tony Fields II was named as the team’s starting middle linebacker for the first time in his West Virginia career after a breakout debut performance against EKU in which he had 10 tackles.
Prior to winning the starting quarterback competition in the preseason, Jarret Doege made just one start at Milan Puskar Stadium. That came on Senior Day last November when the Mountaineers were beaten by Oklahoma State, 20-13. Now Doege is preparing for his fifth start with WVU and his second matchup against the #15 Cowboys.
The Mountaineers face the unenviable task of having to game plan against multiple Oklahoma State quarterbacks. Redshirt sophomore Spencer Sanders is the returning starter, but he suffered an ankle injury in the Cowboys’ season opener against Tulsa and his status for Saturday is unknown.
West Virginia’s head football coach is getting recognition from the American Football Coaches Association for his work in the Morgantown community. Neal Brown was named the honorary head coach of the AFCA’s Good Works Team, which recognizes extra efforts by players and student support staff off the field.
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The West Virginia women’s soccer team entered the United Soccer Coaches National Poll as #4 in the first rankings of the 2020 season. The Mountaineers are currently 2-0 and are joined by three other schools out of the Big 12 in the rankings. This is the first time since October 2017 that WVU is in the top five of a national poll.
In its sixth season under coach Reed Sunahara, the West Virginia volleyball team is set to open the 2020 season with a pair of matches at Texas Tech. The Mountaineers will square off with the Red Raiders on Thursday and Friday this week. Both matches will be carried live on Big 12 Now on ESPN+ at 7 p.m. ET.
With plenty to prove in a season unlike any other, the West Virginia volleyball team is ready to compete at a high level in 2020. The Mountaineers will play a condensed schedule this season, and they hope their four seniors can lead them to a successful season.
In Week 2 of the 2020 NFL Season, 10 former Mountaineers saw action. Rookie Colton McKivitz earned his first NFL appearance in the San Francisco 49ers’ win over the Jets on Sunday, and Rasul Douglas started at cornerback for Carolina Panthers and had seven solo tackles.
Around the Big 12
Four Big 12 women’s soccer teams rank in the top-15 of the United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division I Women’s rankings. There are three teams ranked inside the top-10 including #4 West Virginia, #6 Oklahoma State, and #9 Kansas. TCU sits at #14 in the rankings.
Oklahoma State women’s soccer player Grace Yochum was selected as the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week, while Baylor’s Kayley Ables was named Defensive Player of the Week. TCU’s Emily Alvarado was the Goalkeeper of the Week, as Texas Tech walk-on Madison Martin earned Freshman of the Week.
Around the NCAA
Amid the backlash about the initial postponement, Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren launched a task force to explore how the league could get back on the field. The conference formed subcommittees for scheduling and television, but the most significant group would assess the changing medical landscape around COVID-19.
The injury to Chargers quarterback Tyrod Taylor, which led to rookie Justin Herbert making his first career start on Sunday, has now become one of the more bizarre incidents in football. Taylor was injured before the game against the Chiefs when the team doctor accidentally punctured his lung while trying to administer a painkilling injection for his cracked rib.
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