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West Virginia football seniors, quarterback Jarret Doege, safety Sean Mahone, and kicker Evan Staley, have been named to the Wuerffel Trophy Award Watch List. The Wuerffel Trophy is known as “College Football’s Premier Award for Community Service.”
Mike Fox is one of seven Mountaineers who will be inducted into the WVU Sports Hall of Fame this fall. Fox was a starting defensive tackle on the 1988 West Virginia team that ran the table during the regular season and played Notre Dame for the national championship.
Despite an offseason of turnover and a summer of questions, West Virginia men’s basketball coach Bob Huggins has a roster that will feature plenty of talent during the 2021-22 season.
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The West Virginia women’s soccer team was selected to finish first in the 2021 Big 12 Soccer Preseason Poll. Additionally, the Mountaineers debuted at #12 in the United Soccer Coaches Preseason NCAA Division I Women’s Top 25. Five of WVU’s 2021 opponents are also ranked in the poll.
Senior defender Jordan Brewster and junior goalkeeper Kayza Massey of the West Virginia women’s soccer team have been named to the 2021 Preseason All-Big 12 Soccer Team. Last season, Brewster was the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year.
From Morgantown to Tokyo, this past week was just another in which current and former Mountaineers have made headlines across the sports world.
Former West Virginia pitchers John Means and Alek Manoah both won games for their MLB teams this past weekend. Means helped the Baltimore Orioles beat the Detroit Tigers 5-2 and Manoah led the Toronto Blue Jays in a 4-0 over the Kansas City Royals.
Around the Big 12
Kansas State athletic director Gene Taylor will replace Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte on the College Football Playoff selection committee.
Around the NCAA
Five-star wing Dariq Whitehead has committed to Duke, giving Jon Scheyer and the Blue Devils two top-20 recruits in four days.
A positive COVID-19 test kept Bryson DeChambeau from competing in the men’s Olympic golf tournament, but he does not regret his decision not to get vaccinated for the coronavirus.
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