WVU getting thin at DB

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WVU had another DB enter the portal this week.

He is the eighth defensive back — and twentieth athlete — to leave the Mountaineer football program this offseason.

The departure leaves Neal Brown with twelve scholarship defensive backs, including the four that signed with the Mountaineers in the 2021 recruiting class.
 

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Noleer said it was because the front seven is so good they don’t need defensive backs.


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This 1 star DB they got from the backwoods of West Virginia is going to play a 5 DB spots simultaneously. Thats why everyone is transferring out.
 

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You guys are missing it, not only is the WVU front seven so good they don't need dbs, the wrs are so good their dbs have quit fb from embarrassment in practice
 
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There's no polishing losing 2 1st round draft picks that were 3 stars that you identified and developed.
But it is the era of free agency, and Georgia and Auburn are bigger fish. Neal Brown said there was tampering, but that is the new normal.

You guys wont laugh so loud when OU or Texas steals a couple of your best players who leave because their marketing rights are worth more in a bigger market.

All that said, WVU's defense will still be stout, especially at safety. Losing a 1st round corner hurts.

WVU did pick up VT's best offensive lineman, a high 4 star out of high school who started every game for VT including his freshman year. Also got a 4 star lb from Penn State who will replace the mlb drafted in the 5th round.

Did get a FCS all american who is a corner. Has the speed and size, but who knows how he will do in the Big 12?

Also, WVU is thin at cb, not safety. return 3 starters. one took last season off bc COVID, plus we have a 1st team all pac 12 safety who had to sit out last season. Plus WVU has two returning safeties from last year. None is as good as the 1st round pick who went to georgia, but all 3 are good.
 
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Stay with us Nolaeer. I enjoy you and hope your ticker is still doing great. I had a valve repair and two BP's in 2009 and cruising right along. We have some fun with you, but you ain't no landgrabber.
 
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There's no polishing losing 2 1st round draft picks that were 3 stars that you identified and developed.
But it is the era of free agency, and Georgia and Auburn are bigger fish. Neal Brown said there was tampering, but that is the new normal.

You guys wont laugh so loud when OU or Texas steals a couple of your best players who leave because their marketing rights are worth more in a bigger market.

All that said, WVU's defense will still be stout, especially at safety. Losing a 1st round corner hurts.

WVU did pick up VT's best offensive lineman, a high 4 star out of high school who started every game for VT including his freshman year. Also got a 4 star lb from Penn State who will replace the mlb drafted in the 5th round.

Did get a FCS all american who is a corner. Has the speed and size, but who knows how he will do in the Big 12?

Also, WVU is thin at cb, not safety. return 3 starters. one took last season off bc COVID, plus we have a 1st team all pac 12 safety who had to sit out last season. Plus WVU has two returning safeties from last year. None is as good as the 1st round pick who went to georgia, but all 3 are good.
so the norm, wvu has the best D ever in the history of football. around 50 future nfl multi year pro bowl players. will finish 6th in the conf.


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There's no polishing losing 2 1st round draft picks that were 3 stars that you identified and developed.
But it is the era of free agency, and Georgia and Auburn are bigger fish. Neal Brown said there was tampering, but that is the new normal.

You guys wont laugh so loud when OU or Texas steals a couple of your best players who leave because their marketing rights are worth more in a bigger market.

All that said, WVU's defense will still be stout, especially at safety. Losing a 1st round corner hurts.

WVU did pick up VT's best offensive lineman, a high 4 star out of high school who started every game for VT including his freshman year. Also got a 4 star lb from Penn State who will replace the mlb drafted in the 5th round.

Did get a FCS all american who is a corner. Has the speed and size, but who knows how he will do in the Big 12?

Also, WVU is thin at cb, not safety. return 3 starters. one took last season off bc COVID, plus we have a 1st team all pac 12 safety who had to sit out last season. Plus WVU has two returning safeties from last year. None is as good as the 1st round pick who went to georgia, but all 3 are good.
For real though. The transfer portal plus the new marketing rights BS will ruin college football, and doom all but a dozen teams. It'll turn into the same issue baseball has, where the Yankees and dodgers outspend everyone, and inevitably someone will be the Mets.
 

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For real though. The transfer portal plus the new marketing rights BS will ruin college football, and doom all but a dozen teams. It'll turn into the same issue baseball has, where the Yankees and dodgers outspend everyone, and inevitably someone will be the Mets.
I agree that it will make the rich - "richer". On the other hand, it also puts responsibility on the coaches to run a healthy program, as the players aren't trapped there.

From a planning standpoint - where does a school really spend the money? Recruiting - developing relationships with high school players? or concentrating on evaluating available portal transfer talent? Sure sees like a simple solution for that Blue Blood 4-star bust; tell him "the portal is for you, son", and grab the best replacement that they can.
 
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FWIW, WVU's defense was really good last year. sadly, our qb sucks.

West Virginia not only led the nation in fewest passing yards per game in 2020 but also led the Big 12 -- the Big 12 -- in fewest total yards and points allowed per game, proper praise should go beyond that. No Big 12 team has allowed fewer passing yards or total yards per game since the Mountaineers joined the conference for the 2012 season. It's not even close. The Mountaineers are nearly on top for fewest points allowed in that time, too.
WVU gave up 159.6 passing yards per game in 2020. Texas is second in the past nine years at 184.2 yards per game in 2014. The Mountaineers gave up 291.4 total yards per game on their way to a 6-4 finish and a Liberty Bowl win, and they're the only team to stay below 300. Next in line? TCU at 323.9 yards per game in 2012. WVU's 20.5 points per game trails TCU's 19.0 in 2014 and 2017 and Baylor's 19.8 in 2019.
 
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I agree that it will make the rich - "richer". On the other hand, it also puts responsibility on the coaches to run a healthy program, as the players aren't trapped there.

From a planning standpoint - where does a school really spend the money? Recruiting - developing relationships with high school players? or concentrating on evaluating available portal transfer talent? Sure sees like a simple solution for that Blue Blood 4-star bust; tell him "the portal is for you, son", and grab the best replacement that they can.
Yeah, I hope we can pick a few guys the way basketball has done this year. I just hope the non-national brands don't turn into a farm system for the big guys.