West Virginia Mountaineers Football Season Preview History
2013 West Virginia Football Preview:
After seeing their starting quarterback and top two receivers be drafted to the NFL, the West Virginia Mountaineers will be searching for the next Geno Smith, Tavon Austin, and Stedman Bailey to keep them afloat in the college football world. Head coach Dana Holgorsen has done an admirable job in his two seasons at Morgantown, winning 17 games over that span. Holgorsen will hope the depth at running back will stabilize an offense that will have a new quarterback and a new top receiver. Junior Andrew Buie, junior Dustin Garrison and Houston transfer Charles Sims will be the catalyst in the running game and should help in the passing game as well.
The Big 12 will again be one of the tougher conferences in football, and West Virginia will use the 60,000 fans packed in Mountaineer Field to their advantage when Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, and Texas come to Morgantown.
2011 West Virginia Football Preview:
There has been a lot of uncertainty when it comes to Big East football over the last several years, but West Virginia can always be counted on to be among the best teams in the league. With an experienced coach and a slew of returning starters, the Mountaineers are once again the favorite to win the conference title.
The offense will be led by junior quarterback Geno Smith, who has all the physical skills to be a top-notch signal caller, and will certainly not be lacking in surrounding talent. Tavon Austin, who can be called upon to play both running back and wide receiver, will be a great replacement for Noel Devine, and should provide a spark. With a number of other playmakers, one thing is for certain: West Virginia will be fun to watch.
Though the offense may put up a lot points, it remains to be seen whether the defense will be up to the task, especially given that it’s only returning four starters from last year's excellent quad. Early indications point to a reliable collection of players led by defensive end Bruce Irvin and linebacker Najee Goode. They will have to hold down a roster of defensive upstarts to make a West Virginia run at the title a possibility.
2010 West Virginia Football Preview:
After back-to-back nine-win seasons, fans of the West Virginia Mountaineers football team have to be pleased that the squad's roster is full of returning starters entering the 2010 season.
The Mountaineers are not far removed from being ranked among college football's top teams. In 2007, West Virginia started the season as the third ranked team, reached the number one position in the Coaches Poll and finished the year with a Fiesta Bowl win. After several years of steady play and plenty of experience in their returning starters, the team is ready to reach the top of the polls and the Big East Conference again.
All eyes will be on senior running back Noel Devine, who ran for 14 touchdowns and more than 1,400 yards last season. The prized rusher announced over the offseason that he would return to the Mountaineers, in lieu of entering in the NFL draft. Some of the big games in West Virginia's schedule include the home opener in the Friends of Coal Bowl against Marshall on September 10, and a showdown against Big East rival Pittsburgh in the traditional Backyard Brawl on November 26.
2009 West Virginia Football Preview:
Head Coach: Bill Stewart
2009 will be year two of that Head Coach Bill Stewart leads the West Virginia Mountaineers. Stewart and WVU hope to improve upon the 9 wins the team had in 2008. West Virginia will once again have a dynamic offense that is capable of scoring on every possession. If the Mountaineers can get their defense and special teams clicking look out for WVU to make big waves in the Big East Conference.
2008 West Virginia Football Preview:
Head Coach: Bill Stewart
West Virginia is back from a stellar 2007 season, notching a co-championship in the Big East and boasting an 11-2 overall record for the season. The team also upset #3 Oklahoma in the 2008 Fiesta Bowl, winning the bowl game 48-28. Look for a big start in 2008, as West Virginia is looking strong coming into the season. With the entire offensive line returning, and Heisman contender Pat White in the line-up, this 2008 Mountaineers team is going to reach the endzone on more than a few occasions.
The Mountaineers will be up against a tougher schedule this season, so it should be interesting to see how this team will fare. The team also has a new head coach, Bill Stewart, who has impressed West Virginia fans already by leading the team to victory over Oklahoma in the 2007 season. White and tailback Noel Devine are set to make this team an offensive force, so get off the couch and in the stands over at Mountaineer Field!