22 April 2012
It was once again a busy weekend in the University City as the Mountaineer football team finished up spring practice. The WVU baseball team took a series from a familiar foe, and Big 12 officials are in town taking a look at West Virginia University. Lots to talk about. Let's Go....
Spring practice came to a successful end yesterday with the defense earning a 43-34 victory. Coaches all week have mentioned how the defense has been getting the better of the offense, the Gold-Blue Game was no different. A few nice suprises did come from the offensive side of the ball.
- Freshmen Jordan Thompson led all receivers with 8 catches for 66 yard and a touchdown.
- Dante Campbell showed good hands and the ability to get open in the middle of the field. He concluded the scoring with a 14 yard touchdown catch.
- Terrence Gourdine had three catches for 118 yards, including a 82 yard reception in the fourth.
This Gold Blue Game was all about the defense as they came away with four turnovers.
- Brodrick Jenkins, Matt Moro, and Will Clarke all had interceptions. Avery Williams recovered a Jordan Thompson fumble.
- Isaiah Bruce led the team with eight tackles.
- Ishamel Banks and Cecil Level both had 7 tackles. Banks also added a sack.
- Karl Joseph had four tackles in his debut.
Dana Holgorsen Honored
- Mountaineer head football coach Dana Holgorsen received the Furfari Award as West Virginia Coach of the Year. Holgorsen led the Mountaineers to a Big East Championship, and Orange Bowl victory over Clemson in his first year. Holgorsen shares the honor with West Liberty men's basketball coach Jim Crutchfiel
Iron Mountaineer Award Winners
- Jeff Braun, Will Clarke, Ryan Nehlen and Taige Redman received the honor. The award is presented every year to the best all-around conditioned athlete from his/her respective sport.
Tommy Nickolich Award
- Tyler Anderson received the award as WVU's outstanding walk-on.
- WVU picked up two commits on Saturday from offensive lineman Marcell Lazard, and running back Deshawn Coleman. They are the first two commitments of the 2013 class.
Big 12 and Bowl Officials
- Officials visited Morgantown for the spring game yesterday to take in the game and tour facilities. Bowl officials watched the game and met with WVU administration members. When interviewed, bowl reps wanted WVU at their respective bowl, and acknowledged what WVU brings to the table.
- The baseball team defeated the Pittsburgh Panthers 7-5 on Sunday to take the 3 game series, 2-1. The win takes the Mountaineers record to 17-24 overall and 5-10 in the Big East. Pitt dropped to 19-20 and 4-11 in conference action.
- Senior Jonathan Kimble becomes the 62nd Mountaineer mascot replacing Brock Burwell for the 2012-13 year.
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