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WVU cornerbacks, receivers learn from one another in practice

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MORGANTOWN — Only during practice plays are West Virginia’s cornerbacks and receivers enemies. Any other time they are together, teammates trying to help one another get better....

Mountaineers not rushing Douglas into action

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MORGANTOWN — After missing the first three weeks of practice at West Virginia, cornerback Rasul Douglas has practiced three times. That’s not enough time for Mountaineer coaches...

WVU notebook: Holgorsen putting Mountaineers through ‘mock game week’ (video)

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MORGANTOWN — West Virginia is pushing through the prolonged practice period before the start of the regular season with a “mock game week.” It began Tuesday and will fill...

Nose guard Rose, LB Barber key to WVU defense

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MORGANTOWN — Football at West Virginia University isn’t as much a team sport as it is a tandem sport.

A season ago, coach Dana Holgorsen ran the ball more than he passed ...

WVU women’s soccer: Unprecedented talent means high hopes

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MORGANTOWN — Nikki Izzo-Brown’s 20th season in charge of West Virginia’s women’s soccer program is shaping up like no other.

That’s saying something ...

Mountaineers want to make special teams special

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MORGANTOWN — Dana Holgorsen is West Virginia’s football coach and he has nine assistant coaches on his staff. One of them is Mark Scott, a former graduate assistant promoted to ...

Coaches, teammates raving about WVU receiver Durante

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MORGANTOWN — During West Virginia’s first 13 preseason football practices, many opinions were formed about Jovon Durante. It was harder to decide what to trust.

The freshm...

WVU’s Gibson encouraged to relax, let his abilities shine

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MORGANTOWN — There are occasions when they spend time together or when one passes the other and West Virginia’s Shelton Gibson will tell his head coach he wants to be the best r...

Back on staff, WVU’s Tall’s paying attention to details

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MORGANTOWN — The thing about Bruce Tall that first falls out of the mouths of his pupils is not the defensive line coach’s booming voice or the faded team sweatshirts he wears t...

WVU’s Petteway where he always pictured he’d be

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MORGANTOWN — The memories Shaq Petteway will hold onto forever after crafting them during a senior season might never be as powerful as the memories that came first and that he clings ...

Prep football —Prominent & Dominant: Surprising Tonkery ready to lead Bridgeport

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MORGANTOWN — What Bridgeport’s Dylan Tonkery did during the Class AA postseason last year numbed the mind. In four games and just 71 carries, the running back gained 849 yards a...

Henry’s development adds to his value for Mountaineers

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MORGANTOWN — West Virginia has practiced eight times now and in full pads for four of those days, and coach Dana Holgorsen is starting to see the difference in new and veteran players....

Holgorsen expecting more from WVU defense

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MORGANTOWN — On the first day of preseason football practice at West Virginia and the first occasion for coach Dana Holgorsen to talk about his defense, he flipped the field.

“Well, we want them to ge...

Barber back in the middle of Mountaineers defense

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MORGANTOWN — There are so many ways to explain what middle linebacker Jared Barber means to West Virginia’s defense.

“Coach Barber?” head coach Dana Holgorse...

Chestnut a mentor on, off the field for Mountaineers

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MORGANTOWN — Daryl Worley grew up in Philadelphia and didn’t need much time to prove he’d be a star football player. What he did need was players to model himself after, ...

WVU notebook: Holgorsen mulls O-line options (video)

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MORGANTOWN — The possibility of starting a redshirt freshman on the offensive line is already weighing on Dana Holgorsen’s mind, and the West Virginia coach is thinking through ...

Clay-Battelle’s Hockenberry an imposing athlete

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MORGANTOWN — At one position or another, at one school or another, there was always a pretty good chance Jarret Hockenberry would be a pretty good high school football player.

Fo...

WVU’s Holgorsen hopes to cram big workload into small window

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MORGANTOWN — West Virginia opened football practice Monday evening with coach Dana Holgorsen unveiling the deepest and most experienced team he’s had in five seasons and reveali...

Howard gives Holgorsen, WVU options on offense

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MORGANTOWN — For the second straight year and the fourth time in now five seasons as West Virginia’s head coach, Dana Holgosen opens up a football season today with no uncertain...

Big 12 has host of intimidating defenders

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DALLAS — Every year it seems, the Big 12 can be counted on to have some of the best individual offensive talent in college football. A quarterback earns his way into Heisman Trophy con...

Big 12 notes: New rules implemented to protect players

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Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby announced Monday the conference passed two new rules to protect football players beyond NCAA regulations already in place.

By Mike Casazza

Staff writer

Holgorsen: ‘I feel good’ about WVU’s chances

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DALLAS — There was a period Monday when it seemed the Big 12 had redesigned its football brand.

Gone was 2014’s “One True Champion” motto, an unfortunate ass...

Mike Casazza: ADs will need time to reignite WVU-Pitt series

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Mike Casazza column

WVU football assistants receive additional boost in salary

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Clause in Holgorsen’s contract helps raise assistant coach salary pool to $2.85 million

Young receivers have ample opportunity at WVU

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Players have task of replacing production of NFL draft picks Kevin White and Mario Alford

WVU’s Gibson ready to take defense and ‘turn them loose’

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Mountaineers’ defense receiving preseason praise after years of struggles

Mike Casazza: Big 12 expansion could be easier than thought

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Mike Casazza column

Howard puts emphasis on staying healthy as WVU’s QB

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Mountaineers’ No. 1 signal-caller became a starter last season with the injury of Clint Trickett

WVU’s “athletic” group of corners fit defensive scheme

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Mountaineers can accelerate installation of defense because of returning players

Mike Casazza: WVU’s first opponent makes preparation a challenge

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Mike Casazza column