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The position battle with the least amount of suspense in West Virginia’s football training camp is for the starting running back spot. Senior Leddie Brown has already cemented his spot at the top of the depth chart. So, who will provide the quality depth necessary to keep Brown fresh throughout the season?
The West Virginia defensive secondary is made up of players ranging from true freshmen to sixth-year seniors. WVU co-defensive coordinator ShaDon Brown is making every effort to mix the veterans with the newcomers in as many practice situations as possible.
West Virginia head coach Neal Brown praised his team’s excitement and energy during Saturday’s scrimmage. Brown also applauded the play of sophomore running back Tony Mathis Jr., who broke free for a 35-yard touchdown run during the opening drive.
Official preseason football practice began for West Virginia eight days ago, but in the view of head coach Neal Brown Saturday’s scrimmage marked the end of the prequel and the beginning of a new level of preparation.
Steady rain at fall training camp earlier this week gave the Mountaineers an opportunity to handle the football in less than ideal conditions. Overall, head coach Neal Brown thought his team performed well.
Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports joins this episode of “Three Guys Before The Game” to give context on a possible alliance among the Big 10, Pac 12, and ACC. The implications for the Big 12 and West Virginia, as well as connections between WVU President Gordon Gee and ACC leaders, are also discussed.
The West Virginia women’s soccer team begins its 2021 season at 5 p.m. on Thursday against Buffalo at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium, only three and a half months after it fell to Rice 1-0 in a second-round NCAA Tournament match after earning an opening-round bye as the fifth overall seed.
Nikki Izzo-Brown is getting ready to start her 26th season as the head coach of West Virginia women’s soccer. Gold and Blue Nation is looking back on her last 25 seasons in the upcoming special “The House That Nikki Built,” which is set to debut on the Gold and Blue Nation website on August 18th.
The West Virginia women’s soccer team has announced the addition of Erika Yohn as a volunteer assistant coach for the 2021 season. She will serve as WVU’s goalkeepers coach, while also assisting with the team’s daily training sessions and game preparations.
Former Mountaineer Miles “Deuce” McBride made his way into the New York Knicks starting lineup on Saturday, as they faced the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Summer League. Deuce had 23 points, five rebounds, two steals, and one block.
Around the Big 12
The Texas women’s volleyball team was ranked #1 and Baylor was #10 in the 2021 preseason AVCA Top 25 poll. Kansas and Kansas State also received votes.
Around the NCAA
Alabama is ranked #1 in the Associated Press Top 25 preseason poll for the fourth time in the past six seasons. Oklahoma is #2, just ahead of #3 Clemson.
Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud is separating himself in the team’s quarterback competition, although no decision on the starting job has been made yet.
The LA Clippers have traded Patrick Beverley, Rajon Rondo, and Daniel Oturu to the Memphis Grizzlies for guard Eric Bledsoe.
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