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The Shotgun/Throwdown: CJ Donaldson named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 01 West Virginia at Pitt Photo by Mark Alberti/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

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West Virginia freshman CJ Donaldson has been named the Big 12 Conference Newcomer of the Week after his breakout performance in his first game at WVU.

Although he is listed as a tight end, Donaldson played running back for the Mountaineers in the Backyard Brawl and made the big impact that some thought he would be before the season began. The Miami, Florida, native had 125 yards and one touchdown on just seven rushes. His first carry as a Mountaineer went for 44 yards. He was also credited with the blocked punt that set WVU up for a touchdown in the third quarter.

Hopefully Donaldson can put up even bigger numbers in the Mountaineers’ upcoming games against Kansas and Towson.


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Around the Big 12

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Sanders helps No. 12 Oklahoma State beat Central Michigan

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Around the NCAA

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