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  2022 PRESEASON ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD WATCHLIST: Wyatt Milum, West Virginia, So OT,...Played in 12 games and started eight at right tackle in 2021...FWAA Freshman All-America Team...Saw action on 628 offensive plays, including a season-high 90 against Texas...Used on 50 or more offensive plays in seven games...Helped pave the way for Leddie Brown to rush for 1,000 yards. - West Virginia Football

So/2025 OT Wyatt MilumWest Virginia
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  When asked to describe what a bandit should be within the schematics of West Virginia's defense, redshirt sophomore Jared Bartlett gave quite an extensive answer. "I would say the perfect bandit is someone who can rush and affect the quarterback, someone who can drop back and affect the pass game, someone who can fit the run, someone who can set the edge or fit inside on run gaps," Bartlett said during a media session on Wednesday. "It's like a mixture between [a defensive] end, an inside linebacker and a nickel[back]." Sort of sounds like an all-around defensive player, doesn't it? "That's what a bandit is," Bartlett insisted.

That's quite a list of expectations, but it's a list to which Bartlett holds himself as the Mountaineers prepare for their first preseason scrimmage on Thursday. Bartlett has certainly shown flashes in his three seasons. He was the Big 12 defensive player of the week after a three-sack performance in a win over Virginia Tech last year. He has 59 tackles and seven sacks to his credit for his career. But the bandit - a hybrid position between a linebacker and a defensive lineman - should be a difference-maker in all facets of the defense, as Bartlett said. The quest for consistency has been his biggest quest this offseason. "The way I've been practicing lately is taking it day by day," Bartlett said. "Once you establish consistency and continue to play at a high level, good things happen, so that's my mindset right now." - Gazette Mail


rJr/2024 OLB Jared BartlettWest Virginia
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  2022 PRESEASON ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD WATCHLIST: Zach Frazier, West Virginia, So C,...Earned All-America Second Team honors (AFCA, Walter Camp) in 2021...Started all 13 games at center...Allowed only three sacks all season, registering 10 games without allowing a sack...Started all 13 games...saw action on 895 offensive snaps, including a season-high 90 against Texas. - West Virginia Football

Jr/2024 C Zach FrazierWest Virginia
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  Ready or not, Lee Kpogba would likely find himself thrust into action via necessity. The transfer of Josh Chandler-Semedo left WVU with a hole at mike with returners Exree Loe and Lance Dixon likely to share time at the will linebacker spot. Tirek Austin-Cave transferred in from Miami in May and should add depth as well. Since arriving before spring, Kpogba estimated that he's added 10-15 pounds of weight to help him stand up to a Big 12 Conference schedule. And even if he's got the inside track on a starting position, he said he's still hard at work every day. "The big emphasis that I wanted to fix was me crossing over as far as my footwork and things," Kpogba said. "Put myself in better positions to make a play, not overrun the ball - things like that. And I feel I've done a better job with that." As Lesley's "quarterback" of the defense, Kpogba also understands that he must be a leader even as he still gets accustomed to the system. That balance has been the biggest undertaking of his time in Morgantown thus far. "There's still stuff that I need to learn," Kpogba admitted. "But as far as base stuff and the simple things in our defense, yes, I can teach and I've been helping them with that. Helping all the younger guys." - Charleston Gazette-Mail

Jr/2024 ILB Lee KpogbaWest Virginia
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  Much has been made about the fact that West Virginia returns all five starters across the offensive line. But experience alone won't be enough to tilt the scales for an offense that has largely struggled in three years under coach Neal Brown. However, right guard Doug Nester believes that familiarity will be the driving force behind the needed improvement as he appeared in front of the media on Monday after the team's latest practice. "I think our chemistry is just so much better up front," Nester said. "You can tell the room has changed a lot since I got here last winter or two winters ago. Just the chemistry in there. We're all so close now and we all worked so hard together in the offseason. I think it's a whole different room." For the Mountaineers to turn the corner under new offensive coordinator Graham Harrell, it will likely have to be.

By now, the struggles have been well documented. Last season WVU ranked last in the Big 12 in rushing (123.6 yards per game) and gave up the most sacks in the league (38). Those sacks led to 294 negative yards, over a hundred more than the next highest total in the conference with Oklahoma yielding 33 sacks for 188 yards. For Nester, a standout at Spring Valley High School and a transfer from Virginia Tech, much of his personal growth will come with health. Last season, the 6-foot-7, 320-pounder battled through a hand injury, requiring a large cast that he didn't shed until late in the season. Since spring practices, Nester has been healthy (and sans cast) and he said that has made - and will continue to make - a big difference in his performance. "I've got a lot to prove this year," Nester admitted. "I played half the season a little bit handicapped. I think this season is going to be a little bit different." - Charleston Gazette-Mail


rJr/2024 OG Doug NesterWest Virginia
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  To hear West Virginia wide receivers coach Tony Washington tell it, all 12 wideouts on the roster are in play to see the field starting with the team's opener at Pitt on Sept. 1. But how those guys fill out the team's depth chart remains one of the more intriguing things to watch as fall camp rolls into week two. Washington took to the microphone on Monday and fielded questions from the media. Along the way he was asked about nearly every player under his direction, giving updates on veterans and freshmen alike. The thinking is that three receivers - redshirt juniors Bryce Ford-Wheaton and Sam James and sophomore Kaden Prather - should be starters and heavy producers. - Charleston Gazette

rSr/2023 WR Bryce Ford-WheatonWest Virginia
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  Dante Stills arrived at WVU in 2018 after a blue-chip career just down the road at Fairmont Senior High School. Since joining the Mountaineers, he's played in all 47 games, starting 26 of them. He's taking advantage of the COVID-prompted free-eligibility year in 2020 to play a fifth year of college football. He's already racked up 19 career sacks (tied for sixth in school history) and 44 tackles for lost yardage (third most), and he figures to add to those numbers in 2022 after earning first-team all-Big 12 honors last season.

One thing neither Stills nor any of his Mountaineer teammates have ever done in their West Virginia careers, though, is line up against Pitt. That will change with the Sept. 1 renewal of the Backyard Brawl after a hiatus of more than a decade. "I've been waiting on this my whole life," said Stills of his opportunity to participate in the Pitt-WVU rivalry. "I remember two or three of them when I was growing up. "This isn't big just for us," he added. "This isn't just a team thing; it's a state thing. We as a whole state are looking forward to this game. Me and my guys are amped up. We're working hard during camp, so by game time we can go out and have fun." - Charleston Gazette-Mail


rJr/2024 DT Dante StillsWest Virginia
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  2022 PRESEASON BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY WATCHLIST: DT Dante Stills, West Virginia,...All-Big 12 First Team (AP, Coaches, Phil Steele) in 2021...Sits No. 3 in program history in career TFLs (43.5) and tied for No. 6 in sacks (19)...His 15 tackles for loss in 2021 are tied for No. 10 in single-season team history...Played in 13 games and started 12 at defensive tackle...Finished with 36 tackles, including 29 solo stops, seven sacks, 15 tackles for loss, six quarterback hurries, one forced fumble and one interception. - West Virginia Football

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  2022 PRESEASON BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY WATCHLIST: CB Charles Woods, West Virginia,...Played in 11 games at cornerback, including four starts and used on special teams in 2021...Finished with 31 tackles, including 22 solo stops, two tackles for loss, two interceptions, four pass breakups and two fumble recoveries...Strong finish to the year featured four tackles, an interception and fumble recovery against Minnesota in the Guaranteed Rate Bowl. - West Virginia Football

rSr/2023 CB Charles WoodsWest Virginia
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  2022 PRESEASON OUTLAND TROPHY WATCHLIST: DT Dante Stills, West Virginia,...Finished with 36 tackles, including 29 solo stops, seven sacks, 15 tackles for loss, six quarterback hurries, one forced fumble and one interception in 2021...Recorded at least one tackle for loss in 10 of 13 games...Finished at No. 4 in the Big 12 in tackles for loss (1.15)...Ranked No. 10 in the Big 12 in sacks (0.54). - West Virginia Football

rJr/2024 DT Dante StillsWest Virginia
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  2022 PRESEASON WALTER CAMP PLAYER OF YEAR PLAYER TO WATCH: JT Daniels, QB, junior, West Virginia,...Was 7-0 as the starting quarterback during his tenure with Georgia in 2021...Member of the 2021 CFP National Championship squad...Starting quarterback in three of 14 games, played in six games overall...Team's second-leading passer with 68 completions on 94 attempts, totaling 722 yards and seven TDs. - West Virginia Football

rSr/2023 QB JT DanielsWest Virginia
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  2022 PRESEASON CHUCK BEDNARIK AWARD WATCH LIST: Dante Stills, West Virginia, Senior DT,...Stills has played in 47 career games, including 26 starts...Team leader in career sacks (19) and tackles for loss (43.5)...Finished at No. 4 in the Big 12 in tackles for loss (1.15) in 2021. - West Virginia Football

rJr/2024 DT Dante StillsWest Virginia
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  2022 PRESEASON LOU GROZA AWARD WATCH LIST: Casey Legg - West Virginia, Class: Senior - Hometown: Charleston, West Virginia,...A 2021 Groza semifinalist, Legg made field goals in every one of West Virginia's 12 games, including a stretch of five straight games with multiple kicks. He opened the season with 13 consecutive made field goals, just two shy of the program's all-time record. - Lou Groza Award

rSr/2023 K Casey LeggWest Virginia
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  2022 PRESEASON RIMINGTON TROPHY WATCHLIST: Zach Frazier, West Virginia,...Frazier earned All-America Second Team honors (AFCA, Walter Camp) in 2021...Started all 13 games; saw action on 895 offensive snaps, including a season-high 90 against Texas...Registered 63 knockdown blocks and 30 great blocks...Allowed only three sacks all season; registering 10 games without allowing a sack. - West Virginia Football

Jr/2024 C Zach FrazierWest Virginia
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  2022 PRESEASON JOHN MACKEY AWARD WATCH LIST: MIKE O'LAUGHLIN, WEST VIRGINIA,...Has played in 26 games, including 16 starts...Played in five games at tight end in 2021 season, starting three...Missed first two games of the season with a lower leg injury...Suffered season-ending knee injury at TCU...Saw action on 203 offensive snaps, including season-high 48 plays at TCU...Used on 35 or more plays in five games...Finished with 11 catches for 65 yards with a long reception of 11 yards. - West Virginia

rSr/2023 TE Mike OLaughlinWest Virginia
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