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As WVU’s starting quarterback, it is crucial for Jarret Doege to form relationships with the offensive linemen, wide receivers, running backs, and tight ends. Doege is now roommates three West Virginia natives, linemen Zach Frazier and Doug Nester and receiver Graeson Malashevich. And not only is the Mountaineer quarterback getting to know his teammates at home, but he is also bonding with them on the golf course.
A cornerback must have a great physical tool set and the mental toughness to have confidence and short memories. Nicktroy Fortune has added those features to his game in 21 contests and two seasons in the West Virginia secondary. Last season, Fortune made 35 tackles and had his first career interception.
West Virginia sophomore defensive lineman Akheem Mesidor is tasked with stepping into the spot once occupied by two-time All-Big 12 selection Darius Stills. Mesidor proved himself worthy of a starting role after a freshman season where he collected 32 tackles and five sacks in 10 games.
West Virginia head coach Neal Brown believes that the success of his football program and the WVU men’s basketball program will dictate whether or not the Mountaineers find a good landing spot in the inevitable conference realignment.
Head coach Neal Brown thought the West Virginia offense performed well during third-down situations on day six of preseason camp, but did not execute as well during the two-minute drill.
On this episode of “Three Guys Before The Game,” West Virginia’s all-time sacks leader and consensus All-American Canute Curtis joins the show to discuss his time at WVU.
West Virginia native Doug Nester has returned to his home state after two seasons at Virginia Tech.
West Virginia Athletics
West Virginia fifth-year senior golfer Mark Goetz shot eight-under-par after 36 holes to capture stroke-play medalist honors at the 121st U.S. Amateur at Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pennsylvania.
The West Virginia men’s soccer team has started preseason practice. After the 16-day fall camp, the Mountaineers will play their season opener at Robert Morris on August 26th.
West Virginia men’s and women’s swimming and diving head coach Vic Riggs has announced the addition of six swimmers and one diver on the women’s team.
Ten members of the West Virginia gymnastics team have been named 2020-21 Scholastic All-Americans by the Women’s Collegiate Gymnastics Association.
Around the Big 12
More than five years after Baylor fired football coach Art Briles in response to a scathing review of the university’s handling of sexual assault allegations made against students, including football players, the NCAA has ruled that Briles and the university did not violate its rules by their inaction.
Around the NCAA
Check out the most recent men’s NCAA tournament bracket projections, including the teams on the bubble and those best positioned to cut down the nets. Where is West Virginia seeded in the current projected bracket?
The New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots, and Denver Broncos are among the teams with quarterback battles. Meanwhile, the Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, and Arizona Cardinals have competitions at linebacker.
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