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There are strong indications that the tight end position could become an even bigger part of West Virginia’s offense this fall. Many believe that Mike O’Laughlin, as well as some other WVU tight ends, could see their roles and snaps increasing this season.
Tony Caridi and Brad Howe get an insightful look at West Virginia football from Lance Frazier. The former Mountaineer played for both Don Nehlen and Rich Rodriguez, during one of the program’s most significant transitions, before joining the Dallas Cowboys in the NFL.
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West Virginia junior right fielder Austin Davis is becoming a regular on SportsCenter. Davis appeared on the show’s Top Ten list twice last week for his great catches in a pair of non-conference victories over Marshall and Miami (Ohio). His diving grab in the right center field gap against Marshall earned him the #2 play of the day on Wednesday, and a diving grab near the right field line checked in at #3 on Friday’s best plays of the day.
West Virginia golfer Mark Goetz fell just short of advancing to the NCAA Championships on Wednesday, finishing two strokes behind Purdue’s Cole Bradley at the NCAA Regional. Goetz had a record-setting season for WVU, as the first individual from the program to qualify for an NCAA Regional, one day after shooting the lowest round at the NCAA Tournament in program history.
The West Virginia baseball team concludes its 2021 regular season with a three-game, Big 12 series at #2 Texas, starting May 20th, in Austin, Texas. The Mountaineers are 22-23 this season, with a 7-14 mark in Big 12 play.
The West Virginia men’s soccer team has added five players to the 2021 signing class. The class includes Simon Kalinauskas from Enmore, Sydney, Lorenzo Nuñez of Bloomingburg, New York, Max Trethewey from Charleston, West Virginia, George Pitsillides of Nicosia, Cyprus, and Yoran Popovic from Zuidlaren in The Netherlands.
While graduates were crossing the stage in Morgantown, Mountaineers were getting it done all over the country. Here is what you may have missed this week.
Around the Big 12
The Oklahoma State men’s basketball team announced that it has signed former Kansas guard Bryce Thompson. The 2020 McDonald’s All-American started his final three games as a freshman for Kansas. He scored 12 points against Gonzaga and 11 at Texas.
Around the NCAA
South Carolina is opening its stadium to full capacity this football season. The school’s athletic department plans for 100% capacity in the 77,559-seat facility, and traditional tailgating. Masks will not be required for entrance going forward.
Dillon Brooks scored eight of his 24 points in the fourth quarter to help put Memphis ahead to stay, as the Grizzlies eliminated the San Antonio Spurs, 100-96, in the first Western Conference play-in game.
— WVU Baseball (@WVUBaseball) May 15, 2021
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