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  SEPT 20 BIG 12 DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Jared Bartlett, West Virginia, LB, So.,...Bartlett had a season-high five tackles, including a game-high and career-high three sacks in the Mountaineers' 27-21 win over No. 15 Virginia Tech. He also forced and recovered a fumble, and had a quarterback hurry. The three sacks were the most by a WVU player since Darius Stills at Baylor on October 31, 2019. Bartlett's five tackles tied his career-high set against Kansas State in 2020. His tackles for loss (3) and sacks (3) set career-highs. The six sacks by WVU in the game also marked a season-high and were the most since registering six against Baylor in 2020. - Big 12 football

(DS#31 OLB) rSo/2024 OLB Jared BartlettWest Virginia
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  09/18/21 - Leddie BrownSr/2022, West Virginia, 5-11, 210 (DS#3 RB) + More +

  Jarret Doege threw two touchdown passes, Leddie Brown rushed for 106 yards and a score and West Virginia survived No. 15 Virginia Tech's furious rally from a 20-point deficit to beat the Hokies 27-21 on Saturday. The Mountaineers (2-1) built a 27-7-point lead midway through the third quarter but saw that mostly evaporate behind Virginia Tech's Braxton Burmeister. Burmeister threw for two scores, including a 29-yard TD toss to Jalen Holston with 3:10 left. Virginia Tech got the ball back with 2:11 remaining on Jermaine Waller's interception of Doege at the West Virginia 17, but Burmeister threw incomplete on fourth-and-goal from the 3 and West Virginia ran out the clock.

It was one of three Virginia Tech drives that stalled inside the West Virginia 10, with the Hokies coming away with no points. Burmeister finished 18 of 30 for 207 yards. Virginia Tech (2-1) had allowed only three touchdowns in its first two games but gave up two quick scores to the Mountaineers, who couldn't keep up the momentum after halftime. West Virginia doesn't have a reputation for fast drives but jumped ahead 14-0 less than 6 minutes into the game. Brown, who had five touchdowns entering the game but had been limited to 104 rushing yards, went 80 yards up the middle for a score on West Virginia's second play from scrimmage. - West Virginia/AP College Football


(DS#3 RB) Sr/2022 RB Leddie BrownWest Virginia
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  08/27/21 - Jarret DoegerSr/2022, West Virginia, 6-2, 208 (DS#65 QB) + More +

  Pick any adjective for "good," and it can be applied to Jarret Doege's play. The redshirt junior quarterback, now entering his third season at WVU, has thrown for 3,405 yards in 21 games as a Mountaineer (243 yards per game) and has a solid 21-7 touchdown-to-interception ratio, tossing just one pick in every 70 passing attempts. He's been solid, steady, fine, worthy … make your pick. For West Virginia to advance from the lower half of the Big 12 standings and make a run into the top half, though, the Mountaineers need more - and fairly or unfairly, some of the most visible areas where improvement is needed by the team as a whole is at his position.

His 2020 completion percentage of 63.9% needs a jump of a few points, with accuracy on deep balls and better placement on shorter routes paramount. And while he's not going to be a dynamic open-field runner, creating some movement in the pocket to avoid rushers and create better throwing lanes would also help in a number of different respects. Make no mistake though. We're not talking about quantum leaps here. Just a few steps of improvement in accuracy, decision-making and pressure avoidance could make WVU's offense much more consistent and steady in 2021, and take it from "good" to something better. "My main focus has been moving in the pocket and realizing when to run," Doege said of his summer work. "Maybe just making one little small move in making that throw helps a lot. Throwing on the run and keeping my body out of awkward situations [will help] making throws." - Charleston Gazette-Mail


(DS#65 QB) rSr/2022 QB Jarret DoegeWest Virginia
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  08/26/21 - Alonzo AddaerSr/2022, West Virginia, 5-11, 192 (DS#20 CB) + More +

  Alonzo Addae is a man who isn't afraid to move and experience different things. He grew up in Canada in the Toronto suburb of Pickering, where he attended St. Mary's Catholic Secondary School. In 2015, he shifted south of the border, enrolling at The Peddie School, which is a highly-regarded prep school in New Jersey. His first-team all-Mid-Atlantic Prep League performance for the Falcons that season earned him a scholarship offer from New Hampshire, and he spent the next three years at the FCS program in Durham. He redshirted the first year and then played in 24 games over the next two. Wanting to test himself at the FBS level, he looked to move again after the 2018 season. He placed a call to his cousin, Jahmile Addae, who was WVU's cornerbacks coach at the time, and that conversation got Alonzo packing again, this time with Morgantown as his destination.

He arrived in the summer of 2019, but at that time most transfers had to sit out from game action due to NCAA rules. Thus Addae had to be content with strictly practice work in his first year with the Mountaineers. "I definitely wanted to be out there. As a competitor, it hurt sitting on the sidelines while others were on the field," admitted the 5-foot-10, 290-pound safety of missing the 2019 season. "But at the same time, I tried to use that year to better my skills. They put me in the developmental program, so I had a lot of time to concentrate on lifting and running and getting my body ready. Then I was able to go up against the starting offense in practice since I was a member of the scout team. I tried to make the most of the opportunity, attacking every day with the idea of getting better." - Charleston Gazette-Mail


(DS#20 CB) rSr/2022 CB Alonzo AddaeWest Virginia
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  Winston Wright has always been on top of the speed game. The blazing Mountaineer receiver came to campus with a reputation for making tracks, and he showed his ability to run past opponents early in his West Virginia career, taking a kickoff 95 yards for a score at Baylor in his freshman season of 2019, and splitting the Oklahoma State defense for a 70-yard catch and run last season for another TD. Still, like many members of WVU's receiving corps, inconsistency in catching the ball has left potential yards on the field, rather than in his stat line or on the books for the offense.

Wright doesn't shy away from that critique and understands that even with some of the veterans that populate the receiving room, it's his time to take the next steps in becoming a complete receiver, even though he led the Mountaineers a year ago with 47 catches for 553 yards. "It's time for me to lead now," the confident Savannah, Georgia native said. "We have a unique group, and I need to speak up, and show how to work." In addition to drilling on consistently securing catches, the smallish Wright (generously listed at 5-foot-9 and 180 pounds) has put in time adding a bit more strength. "The coaches wanted me to gain a few pounds but still keep my speed," the second-team All-Big 12 selection said of one of his offseason goals. "That will allow me to block on the perimeter better. It's all about leverage, and who wants it. I need to get better as a complete wide receiver, with my route running and my blocking. It's not just my speed. I have to do the little things that are going to separate me." - Charleston Gazette-Mail


(DS#26 WR) Jr/2023 WR Winston Wright Jr.West Virginia
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  Despite the fact that he led the Mountaineers in receptions last season, Winston Wright has been doing all he can to be even better this time around. He's done plenty of technical work this offseason to become a better receiver and he also made a change to provide a little extra mojo. "I switched to No. 1," stated the 5-foot-10, 180-pound sophomore, who has taken over the number worn the past few years by T.J. Simmons, who has since graduated. "There wasn't any big reason for the change. I just wanted a new start in year three. I felt like it's going to be a big year for us, so the number change would be unique."

Wearing No. 16 the past couple seasons, Wright got off to a heck of a start for his college career. The slot receiver had 19 catches for 97 yards as a true freshman in 2019, playing in 10 of WVU's 12 games. Then, in his second season, he exploded with a team-high 47 receptions for 553 yards and two touchdowns. His performance in 2020 earned him second-team all-Big 12 recognition. But he thinks he's capable of even more. "I've tried to get better all the way around," explained Wright, who wore No. 4 in high school. "I put on some muscle (going from 180 to 185), and I've been studying the playbook way harder. It's year three for many of us, and we've put in more stuff (on offense), and everybody is more familiar with everything. I just want to be a leader all the way around." - Charleston Gazette-Mail


(DS#26 WR) Jr/2023 WR Winston Wright Jr.West Virginia
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  08/19/21 - Jarret DoegerSr/2022, West Virginia, 6-2, 208 (DS#65 QB) + More +

  The West Virginia football team has built its offense around former Bowling Green State University quarterback Jarret Doege. Doege is set for his third season with the Mountaineers after leaving Bowling Green in May of 2019. Last season, Doege passed for 2,587 yards with 14 touchdowns and four interceptions in 10 games. His 258.7 passing yards per game ranked second in the Big 12 behind Oklahoma's Spencer Rattler, while his completion percentage (63) ranked third. "He's probably our most improved player in the offseason," West Virginia coach Neal Brown said at Big 12 media days. "He's moving better in the pocket, and he's ready to take the next step." - Toledo Blade

(DS#65 QB) rSr/2022 QB Jarret DoegeWest Virginia
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  08/08/21 - Doug NesterJr/2023, West Virginia, 6-5, 327 (DS#2 OG) + More +

  The Mountaineers got a chance to size up offensive lineman Doug Nester, a transfer from Virginia Tech, during spring practice following his enrollment at WVU last January. Over the summer, West Virginia added four more transfers from other four-year colleges - linebacker Lance Dixon from Penn State, defensive lineman Darel Middleton from Tennessee, linebacker Deshawn Stevens from Maine and cornerback Charles Woods from Illinois State.

All five of those transfers are expected to play important roles for the Mountaineers in 2021. Nester got a chance to prove his ability in the spring and appears likely to have won a starting job at right guard. Each of the other four transfers also figures to be a key cog for WVU this season, if not as a starter at least as a heavily used backup. - Charleston Gazette-Mail


(DS#2 OG) Jr/2023 OG Doug NesterWest Virginia
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  West Virginia University football junior tight end Mike O'Laughlin was named to the watch list for the John Mackey Award, signifying the most outstanding collegiate tight end, as voted on by the organization's selection committee. The Mackey Award has been around since 2000 and recognizes college football's best tight end annually. West Virginia has been incorporating the tight end more into its offense for the past two seasons, and O'Laughlin is looking to give another target in the passing game this season. O'Laughlin started in all nine games in which he played in 2020 and saw action on more than 456 plays, including 375 offensive snaps. He was used on a season-high 61 plays against Kansas State, including 51 offensive snaps, and saw action on 40 or more plays in eight of nine games. - Charleston Gazette-Mail

(DS#28 TE) rJr/2023 TE Mike OLaughlinWest Virginia
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  07/30/21 - Dante StillsSr/2022, West Virginia, 6-2, 280 (DS#11 DT) + More +

  A pair of in-state defensive standouts received preseason accolades on Tuesday afternoon. West Virginia defensive tackle Dante Stills and Marshall defensive tackle Jamare Edwards were named to the Bronko Nagurski Award watch list, as released by the Football Writers Association of America. Stills was also one of 80 preseason nominees named to the Outland Trophy watch list.

The Nagurski Award is given annually by the Football Writers Association of America to the nation's top interior defensive lineman. The preseason watch list features 90 players. The Outland Trophy winner is chosen from three finalists who are part of the annual FWAA All-America Team. Committee members select the winner, based on the three finalists. Stills is no stranger to preseason accolades, returning as one of the Big 12's top defenders for the 2021 season. In 2020, the Fairmont native finished with 35 tackles, including a team-best 10.5 tackles for loss. He added two sacks, two pass breakups, a fumble recovery and a blocked kick. - Charleston Gazette


(DS#11 DT) Sr/2022 DT Dante StillsWest Virginia
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  Tennessee defensive lineman Darel Middleton, a former Oak Ridge standout, has transferred to West Virginia. Middleton, who started 12 games over the past two seasons for the Vols, entered the NCAA transfer portal in June and announced his destination via Twitter. The 6-foot-7, 305-pounder spent two years at East Mississippi Community College, the site of the Netflix show "Last Chance U," and played two seasons at Tennessee. He has one year of eligibility remaining to play at West Virginia. Middleton, 23, was arrested in February 2020 on misdemeanor charges of domestic assault and public intoxication. He faced allegations that he twice shoved his girlfriend to the ground, causing her to scrape her knee. The charges were dismissed in July 2020. - Knoxville News Sentinel

(DS#49 DT) rSr/2022 DT Darel MiddletonWest Virginia
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  07/25/21 - Leddie BrownSr/2022, West Virginia, 5-11, 210 (DS#3 RB) + More +

  West Virginia University football senior running back Leddie Brown was named Wednesday to the watch list for the Doak Walker Award, which is presented to the top college running back in the nation, as selected by the PwC SMU Athletic Forum. Heading into the 2021 season, Brown was named to the All-Big 12 preseason second team by Athlon Sports, Lindy's and Phil Steele's Magazine. Brown, a 2020 All-Big 12 first-team selection, hit the 1,000-yard rushing plateau for the first time in his career last year, finishing with 1,010 yards and nine touchdowns. He was second in the Big 12 and No. 14 nationally in total rushing yards and No. 27 in rushing yards per game. Brown also was ranked No. 6 in the Big 12 in total points scored (66) and No. 26 nationally in total touchdowns. - Charleston Gazette-Mail

(DS#3 RB) Sr/2022 RB Leddie BrownWest Virginia
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  07/21/21 - Leddie BrownSr/2022, West Virginia, 5-11, 210 (DS#3 RB) + More +

  West Virginia also had two players named to the Maxwell Award watch list on Monday morning. WVU quarterback Jarret Doege was named to the list after leading the Mountaineers to a 6-4 record. WVU running back Leddie Brown also garnered mention on the list after rushing for 1,010 yards and nine touchdowns on the season. Brown's top rushing performance came against Kansas when he rushed for 195 yards on just 18 carries, an average of nearly 11 yards per carry. Brown had five games over 100 yards for the Mountaineers on the season. Those players represented three of 80 players selected for the Maxwell Award's Preseason Watch List on Monday. - Charleston Gazette-Mail

(DS#3 RB) Sr/2022 RB Leddie BrownWest Virginia
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  07/17/21 - Dante StillsSr/2022, West Virginia, 6-2, 280 (DS#11 DT) + More +

  West Virginia defensive lineman Dante Stills is forever fighting mistaken perceptions, not to mention identify. In 2021, even after being part of a squad that led the nation in pass defense a year prior, he still hears questions from some media members about the supposed defensive shortcomings of the Big 12. "I tell people that all the time," he said of the fact that teams in the Big 12 have good defenses, albeit ones that are often overshadowed by some spectacular offensive play. "There may be times when you see the offense put up 50 points, but the defense can still be really good. I think the defensive side of the ball has some dogs, but they're going up against tempo and fast pace. Every team has good offensive linemen for sure. The offenses are so explosive, that takes away from some of (the attention) the defenses should get. Our defense last year was top five in the country, but I don't think we got the notoriety we deserved. I feel like we should have been in the conversation more." - Charleston Gazette-Mail

(DS#11 DT) Sr/2022 DT Dante StillsWest Virginia
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  07/09/21 - Dante StillsSr/2022, West Virginia, 6-2, 280 (DS#11 DT) + More +

  West Virginia senior defensive lineman Dante Stills was honored with a preseason All-Big 12 Conference spot on Wednesday as voted on by media. Stills was the only Mountaineer to make the 30-player squad. The 6-foot-4, 280-pound senior led West Virginia with 10.5 tackles for loss last season and also recorded 35 tackles and a pair of sacks. He was named an All-Big 12 honorable mention player in 2020. - Charleston Gazette-Mail

(DS#11 DT) Sr/2022 DT Dante StillsWest Virginia
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