Happy August everyone. To some, this is the last full month of summer. To others, this is the month we get that feeling in the air.
Football is back.
Thursday night gave us football lovers that first glimpse of the gridiron for the season with the Chicago Bears suiting up against the Baltimore Ravens in the annual Hall of Fame game. While neither saw playing time, this marked the first games of the season for both Kevin White and Nick Kwiatkoski for the Bears. White has seen a series of injuries in his NFL career, but reports have stated the wideout has been showing great skill during practices through the end of July
Shifting over to the West Coast, quarterback Geno Smith is in a full-on competition for Chargers backup quarterback with Ohio State’s Cardale Jones. The two QBs have been battling out for the spot since spring ball, but the real competition will start with week one of the preseason. This will be another opportunity for Smith to prove he is not just in fact a once record-setting college quarterback, but does have the ability to excel in the professional realm.
Fellow Mountaineer Kyzir White is working on making a name for himself in San Diego alongside Smith this fall. White’s praises were recently sang by Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn per chargers.com, “It’s hard for me to talk about Kyzir because I get real excited,” Lynn said. “I don’t want to jump the gun on him. I want to get him in some games and watch him play, but just watching him run around here and some of the things he did in the offseason, I get real excited talking about him. His speed. His attitude. His explosiveness. He just has great instincts as a football player. We had a hammer on him (in the draft).”
In Dallas, Tavon Austin has been busy taking on new roles during Cowboys practices this summer. Reports from NFL.com are stating that the Mountaineer standout has been lining up in numerous spots through practice, but not in the backfield where West Virginia fans are used to seeing him. Austin was traded to Dallas this spring during Draft proceedings and is optimistic to prove himself and his skills to Cowboys fans in whatever location he lines up at this fall.
Flipping over to the basketball court, Jevon Carter has been thriving in summer league with the Memphis Grizzlies. Carter was formally signed to a multi-year deal with the Grizzlies following the Vegas summer league games. So far, it seems that Carter is exceeding the expectations set out for him, especially given his career at West Virginia. Since getting drafted, Carter took the time to pen a piece for popular online journal, The Players Tribune, titled Treadmill Mentality giving Memphis fans a closer look at the man Jevon Carter is and how Coach Huggins and Carter’s family have impacted him.
Take a deep breath in and smell the football in the air. The Mountaineers will kick off fall practice and start to fully prepare for the 2018 season, opening with the SEC’s Tennessee Volunteers. We’ll be here every step of the way as the Mountaineers prepare for the season, as well as updating you on the happenings of your favorites players in the pros.