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  10/20/20 - Leddie BrownJr/2022, West Virginia, 5-11, 210 (DS#39 RB) + More +

  "Leddie has gotten better as his practice habits have improved," WVU head coach Neal Brown said. "He is, if not our best, in the conversation - on Tuesday and Wednesday when it's work days for us, he's working. He has high player loads. He hits top speeds. He's setting up his blocks against our defense or the scout team, every rep matters. And as he's done that, as his approach to practices and approach to taking care of his body has improved...and he's only going to continue to get better. I think he's in the conversation with a lot of the top running backs in our league."

Statistically, it was an outstanding, workmanlike performance. Brown carried 18 times for 195 yards, caught five passes for 36 yards and scored twice, and he did it in just under three quarters, with his long touchdown run marking his last play from scrimmage. Leddie Brown has been there all season for a unit that has had nothing else to hang its hat on consistently. He's now gone over 100 yards rushing in three of the team's four games, with the exception coming in a 93-yard performance against Baylor. He's unofficially fourth on the team in receptions with 12, and his seven total touchdowns are four better than the next-closest skill-position players, receiver Bryce Ford-Wheaton and running back Alec Sinkfield, each with three. - Charleston Gazette-Mail


(DS#39 RB) Jr/2022 RB Leddie BrownWest Virginia
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  10/17/20 - Leddie BrownJr/2022, West Virginia, 5-11, 210 (DS#39 RB) + More +

  Leddie Brown broke open a close game with a long touchdown run in the third quarter and caught one of Jarret Doege's three touchdown passes to lead West Virginia to a 38-17 victory Saturday over a winless Kansas team that was without coach Les Miles. Before a crowd of 10,759 in the first game that West Virginia allowed the general public to attend amid the pandemic, the Mountaineers (3-1, 2-1 Big 12) overcame a bevy of mistakes to beat the Jayhawks for the seventh straight time. With West Virginia clinging to a 17-10 lead late in the third quarter, Brown rumbled 87 yards up the middle untouched, the start of three straight touchdowns for the Mountaineers.

The 210-pound junior compiled 195 yards on 18 carries, sitting out the fourth quarter. Brown also had a 6-yard scoring reception in the second quarter from Doege, who also had TD passes of 33 yards to Bryce Ford-Wheaton and 8 yards to Sam James. Doege completed 26 of 44 passes for 318 yards. Miles tested positive for the coronavirus a week ago and was cleared to return to the Jayhawks on Thursday. But he chose not to travel with the team out of caution. Tight ends coach Joshua Eargle filled in for Miles against the Mountaineers. Despite some bright moments early, the result was the same: The Jayhawks (0-4, 0-3) have now lost 51 straight true road games in the conference. - AP College/West Virginia Football


(DS#39 RB) Jr/2022 RB Leddie BrownWest Virginia
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  10/15/20 - Zach FrazierFr/2024, West Virginia, 6-2, 308 (DS#999 OG) + More +

  You don't expect much contribution from true freshmen in the offensive line in their first year, but Frazier is one of those once-in-a-lifetime players who come in able to play and whom you know will only progress while in school. "He made his second start against Baylor, this time at left guard," Coach Neal Brown said. Frazier was forced into starting the opener at center. "He did not practice a ton at guard," Brown said. "He made some mistakes but was really good in the run game. The mistakes were because he did not have a lot of reps." - Charleston Gazette-Mail

(DS#999 OG) Fr/2024 OG Zach FrazierWest Virginia
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  He transferred in with strong credentials from Arizona, but you never know how that will translate in a new system and a new league. He's offered a Berlitz course in how to play linebacker as he has been spectacular through three games, leading WVU in tackles with 29, one for a sack, two tackles for a loss, two quarterback hurries, one interception and one pass broken up. After one game, Brown was convinced he had a budding star. "He plays with a lot of energy. He brings a speed element to the defense that we probably haven't had in my two years here," Brown said. "He's still learning what to do but he plays full speed. He loves contact, loves to play and he's only going to continue to get better. He's an NFL prospect. I mean, he's going to play in the NFL." - Charleston Gazette-Mail

(DS#16 OLB) Sr/2021 OLB Tony Fields IIWest Virginia
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  10/05/20 - Darius StillsSr/2021, West Virginia, 6-1, 285 (DS#6 DT) + More +

  OCT 5 BIG 12 CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Darius Stills, DL, Sr., West Virginia,...Stills registered a game-high 2.5 sacks and a career-high 3.5 tackles for loss finishing with four tackles in the double-overtime win over Baylor. Over the past two years, he has collected 14 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks against the Bears. - Big 12 Football

(DS#6 DT) Sr/2021 DT Darius StillsWest Virginia
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  10/03/20 - Leddie BrownJr/2022, West Virginia, 5-11, 210 (DS#39 RB) + More +

  Leddie Brown scored a 3-yard touchdown run in the second overtime after West Virginia's defense made a stop, and the Mountaineers outlasted Baylor 27-21 on Saturday. West Virginia (2-1, 1-1 Big 12) squeaked out the win in a game where offensive consistency was rare and mistakes were plentiful. Baylor (1-1, 1-1) surpassed 200 rushing yards a week ago against Kansas but managed 256 yards overall against West Virginia. West Virginia's defense chased down Baylor's Charlie Brewer all day.

They sacked him six times, had 11 tackles for loss and forced two interceptions. Brewer threw three touchdown passes, but his interception in the second overtime proved costly. West Virginia's Tykee Smith made an over-the-shoulder catch on a pass intended for Trestan Ebner along the line in the back of the end zone. The call was upheld upon review. The Mountaineers needed five plays to score on their second-overtime possession with Brown covering the final 12 yards on three rushes. Brown finished with 93 yards, falling short in his bid for three straight 100-yard efforts to start the season. - West Virginia/AP College Football


(DS#39 RB) Jr/2022 RB Leddie BrownWest Virginia
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  In his first game in Morgantown after spending three seasons at Arizona, Tony Fields introduced himself to WVU fans in a big way, leading the defense with 10 tackles (four solo). Listed as the backup to Dylan Tonkery at the mike linebacker position, Fields flashed plenty of potential and closing speed in consistently clogging up running lanes and running down pass catchers. That speed and instinct sets Fields apart, and as he continues to settle into the system, Neal Brown envisions even bigger things moving forward at WVU and beyond. "Really active, he plays with a lot of energy and brings a speed element to defense that we probably haven't had in my two years here," Brown said. "He's still learning what to do but he plays full speed. He loves contact, loves to play and is only going to continue to get better. "He's an NFL prospect. He's going to play in the NFL." - Charleston Gazette-Mail

(DS#16 OLB) Sr/2021 OLB Tony Fields IIWest Virginia
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  09/14/20 - Jarret DoegerJr/2022, West Virginia, 6-2, 208 (DS#15 QB) + More +

  SEPT 12 WEEK 2 STARS: Jarrett Doege, West Virginia, threw for 228 yards and three TDs in one half to help the Mountaineers beat Eastern Kentucky 56-10. - AP College Football

(DS#15 QB) rJr/2022 QB Jarret DoegeWest Virginia
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  09/12/20 - Jarret DoegerJr/2022, West Virginia, 6-2, 208 (DS#15 QB) + More +

  Jarrett Doege threw three touchdown passes, Leddie Brown and Alec Sinkfield gave West Virginia's running game a lift it hadn't seen in quite some time, and the Mountaineers beat Eastern Kentucky 56-10 Saturday. Brown and Sinkfield both finished with career highs of 123 yards and two rushing TDs in the Mountaineers' season opener. It marked the first time that two West Virginia players went over 100 yards in the same game since the 2017 season. West Virginia did not have a single 100-yard rusher last season and averaged just 73 yards per game as a team, the third worst in the Bowl Subdivision.

West Virginia overcame the suspension earlier in the day of 11 players for reasons that were undisclosed and not related to the coronavirus pandemic. Ten of those players were on offense, including starters at wide receiver and on the offensive line. With only family members of the players and essential staff allowed in the stadium due to the pandemic, West Virginia's players fed off of their own energy. The Mountaineers compiled 624 yards of offense against the Championship Subdivision Colonels (0-2). - West Virginia/AP College Football


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  09/12/20 - T.J. SimmonsrSr/2021, West Virginia, 6-1, 198 (DS#84 WR) + More +

  West Virginia suspended 11 players for its season opener Saturday for an undisclosed violation of team rules. Coach Neal Brown announced the suspensions Saturday before the Mountaineers played at home against Eastern Kentucky. The school would not specify what the players did, except to say this is not related to the coronavirus. Among them were slot wide receivers T.J. Simmons and Isaiah Esdale, tight ends T.J. Banks and Mike O'Laughlin, and two starting offensive linemen, center Chase Behrndt and left tackle Junior Uzebu. Also suspended were backup offensive linemen Zach Davis and Tairiq Stewart, backup wide receiver Zack Dobson and long snapper JP Hadley. Freshman cornerback Vincent Okloli was the lone suspended player on defense. - AP College Football

(DS#84 WR) rSr/2021 WR T.J. SimmonsWest Virginia
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  2021 SENIOR BOWL WATCH LIST: Tony Fields II, West Virginia,...Graduate transfer who enrolled at WVU in summer 2020...Started all 37 games for Arizona...Posted 287 tackles, 8.5 sacks and 17 tackles for loss...Second on the team with 94 total tackles, including 58 unassisted stops, 1.5 sacks, five tackles for loss, three pass breakups, one interception and one forced fumble in 2019. - West Virginia Football

(DS#16 OLB) Sr/2021 OLB Tony Fields IIWest Virginia
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  09/08/20 - Darius StillsSr/2021, West Virginia, 6-1, 285 (DS#6 DT) + More +

  2021 SENIOR BOWL WATCH LIST: Darius Stills, West Virginia,...Earned All-Big 12 First Team honors in 2019...Played in 12 games at nose tackle and started 11...Led WVU in tackles for loss (14.5) and tied for the team lead with seven sacks...Finished with 47 tackles for the season, including 28 unassisted tackles, five quarterback hurries, one forced fumble and two pass breakups. - West Virginia Football

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  09/05/20 - Jarret DoegerJr/2022, West Virginia, 6-2, 208 (DS#15 QB) + More +

  After weeks of competition, West Virginia University football coach Neal Brown finally made the call in the battle to be his starting quarterback. Brown announced during his weekly radio show Thursday that junior Jarret Doege would start under center when the Mountaineers open their 2020 season Sept. 12 versus Eastern Kentucky (noon, FS1). Doege emerged as the winner of a two-man race between him and Austin Kendall, the Oklahoma transfer who started the first nine games of 2019. "We had a long quarterback battle and we really feel like we have two quarterbacks on our roster that can win Big 12 games right now, which I think is a huge positive," Brown said. "We hoped the competition was going to go through the spring and we would be able to name a starter a little earlier but it didn't work out that way."

Doege, a transfer from Bowling Green, started the final three contests for the Mountaineers last season, leading WVU to Big 12 road victories at then-No. 24 Kansas State and at TCU, which was fighting for bowl eligibility in that game. Those were sandwiched around a 20-13 home loss to No. 22 Oklahoma State. In four appearances, Doege hit on 79 of 120 passes for 818 yards, seven touchdowns and three interceptions. He threw for 4,041 yards and 39 scores in two seasons at Bowling Green. - Charleston Gazette-Mail


(DS#15 QB) rJr/2022 QB Jarret DoegeWest Virginia
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  09/03/20 - Darius StillsSr/2021, West Virginia, 6-1, 285 (DS#6 DT) + More +

  Along with production on the defensive line, Stills is now taking on an advanced leadership role at a time when leaders on college football teams may be as important as ever. Stills is not only being looked for on-the-field direction, but with the coronavirus still spreading - especially on college campuses - every decision that players make in their everyday lives could potentially be detrimental to their teams. Coach Neal Brown has stressed the importance of making smart decisions away from the field and has also said that the players will largely have to police themselves. That's where leaders like Stills come in.

"It's hard being our age and this stuff happening because during college, you want to experience stuff that's outside of football, but it's all about sacrifice," Stills said. "We're getting to play football and our sacrifice has gotten us to this point. "I've really just kind of had to tell my guys to be careful on the weekends. Whenever we have off days tell them to be careful and make the right decisions, because one night isn't worth the whole season getting canceled or an afternoon isn't worth the season getting canceled. I just try to tell my guys to be careful and make the right decisions. I know you're grown and you're going to do whatever you want regardless, but keep in mind that you're not affecting you, you're affecting your whole team if something bad happens." - Charleston Gazette-Mail


(DS#6 DT) Sr/2021 DT Darius StillsWest Virginia
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  08/30/20 - Leddie BrownJr/2022, West Virginia, 5-11, 210 (DS#39 RB) + More +

  West Virginia University's running game really has no way to go but up this season. It would be difficult to go any lower than where it was statistically in 2019. The Mountaineers could, but they'd have little distance to fall. WVU was third worst in the Football Bowl Subdivision in rushing yards per game (73.25) and second worst in yards per carry (2.63). So it is good news for coach Neal Brown when he can point out positives among his running backs, as he was able to in recent practices. West Virginia's leading rusher from last season, Leddie Brown, is back, and he has shown recent examples of why he should be one of, if not the lead ball carrier in 2020, Neal Brown said.

"Leddie Brown ran the ball really hard, and that's been the case really since Saturday," Brown told WVU's official athletic website after Thursday's practice. "I'm kind of excited about him, and the week he's had. I think it was an important week for him, and he's been productive." Leddie Brown finished last season with 367 yards and a touchdown on 107 carries. His best day as a Mountaineer came in WVU's Big 12 opener at Kansas, where he gained 70 yards on 12 carries, more than 5.8 yards per carry. - Charleston Gazette-Mail


(DS#39 RB) Jr/2022 RB Leddie BrownWest Virginia
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