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After the NFL Draft and other offseason moves, West Virginia lost some key playmakers on defense, but offensively, it seems to be in good shape for the 2021 football season. The Mountaineers should have plenty of talent returning or incoming to help quarterback Jarret Doege and running back Leddie Brown lead the offense to another successful season.
West Virginia senior Scottie Young, who was required to sit out last fall after transferring from Arizona, had four tackles in the Liberty Bowl win over Army. WVU safeties coach Dontae Wright said Young’s solid performance in the bowl game was a product of an older, more mature player who took his role on the scout team in 2020 seriously.
Though the West Virginia receiving corps is a deep and largely balanced positional group, if one were to tab a true top receiver, at least in terms of production, it would be difficult to make an argument against junior Winston Wright.
At least two of West Virginia’s opponents this football season are among the best the Big 12 conference or even the entire country has to offer. Although the Mountaineers are not in the preseason polls, there are quite a few of their 2021 opponents in and around the top 25.
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The West Virginia baseball team earned a 4-1 win over Marshall on Tuesday night in Morgantown. The Mountaineers used a three-run second inning and allowed just two hits all evening to help take down the in-state rival for the second time in less than a month. WVU finished with four runs on 10 hits with no errors.
Three members of the West Virginia women’s soccer team have been named to the 2020-21 United Soccer Coaches All-Midwest Region Team. Junior defender Jordan Brewster earned a spot on the first team, while senior midfielder Stefany Ferrer-vanGinkel and junior forward Alina Stahl were picked as second-team selections.
Freshman forward Dilary Heredia-Beltran of the West Virginia women’s soccer team has been selected to participate in U.S. Soccer’s U-20 Women’s National Team Virtual Meetings.
On this episode, former West Virginia men’s basketball standout Nathan Adrian discusses his next overseas assignment. Adrian averaged 18 points and eight rebounds per game last season playing in Ukraine, which will likely earn him a significant promotion at one of Europe’s higher-level leagues. The guys also talk about the upcoming TBT event in Charleston that will feature Adrian and other former Mountaineer players.
Former West Virginia women’s basketball player Kysre Gondrezick scored her first bucket in her first appearance for the Indiana Fever on Tuesday in a preseason clash with the Chicago Sky. Gondrezick, the fourth pick in the 2021 WNBA Draft, finished 1-for-2 with two points, while adding three assists and a steal in the 81-65 loss for the Fever.
Phoenix Suns guard, and former West Virginia men’s basketball star, Jevon Carter hit a buzzer beater against the Los Angeles Lakers earlier this week.
Around the Big 12
247Sports has identified what it feels are the 10 best football players in the Big 12 heading into the season. Rankings are based on a combination of last year’s production and expectations of even greater success this fall.
Texas’ Zach Zubia was the Big 12 Baseball Player of the Week, while Oklahoma State’s Justin Campbell was named the Pitcher of the Week. Oklahoma’s Braden Carmichael collected Newcomer of the Week recognition.
Around the NCAA
Five-star basketball recruit Patrick Baldwin Jr. has committed to Milwaukee of the Horizon League, spurning offers from the likes of Duke, Georgetown, and Virginia to join his father Patrick Baldwin Sr., the Panthers’ head coach since 2017.
Colt Brennan, who set numerous NCAA records as the quarterback at Hawai’i, has died at the age of 37.
The Oakland Athletics will start exploring the possibility of relocating with the blessing of Major League Baseball, a move that could put pressure on local government officials to greenlight a new stadium project.
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