Mountaineers looking for quarterback for 2014

By Kyle Lovern

November 29, 2013

The WVU Mountaineers have shown interest in Riverside (Calif.) City College quarterback Skyler Howard.

Apparently the Mountaineers coaching staff, like many of their fans, are unsure about the QB position for next season. None of the three current signal callers have set the world on fire.

WVU fans have been spoiled the last few seasons with Pat White, Geno Smith and even Jarrett Brown as their quarterbacks.

Howard is a former walk-on at Stephen F. Austin University. He transferred to Riverside City College and rapidly took over the starting job.

Howard threw for 2,926 yards, 32 touchdowns and only five interceptions while completing 68 percent of his passes. He also ran 93 times for 279 yards and four scores.

WVU has a top rated QB prospect William Crest of Baltimore, Maryland coming in next season as a true freshman.

Rarely are freshmen ready to step right in and play. Coaches would rather them redshirt and learn for a season, but there are cases where some players are good enough to play right away.

If Howard commits to WVU in the next few days, he would likely enroll for the second semester. That way he could practice in the spring and play in the annual Blue-Gold practice game in April.

Either way, WVU may have a different starting quarterback come next September.


Basketball will get started this coming week as the girls open up. Tug Valley will host the Mingo-Wayne County Shootout on Tuesday night.

The first game will see the Lady Miners of Mingo Central going up against the Lady Pioneers of Wayne. The nightcap will see the Lady Panthers hosting the Lady Rebels of Tolsia. It should be a great doubleheader of girls’ basketball to get the season started.

In both cases for the two Mingo County schools, fans will see the debut of two new coaches. Veteran mentor Clay Campbell will coach his first game for MCHS, while Maxine Colegrove will be on the sidelines for her first game coaching at Tug Valley.

…. Tickets will go on sale for the WVU-William & Mary men’s basketball game at the Charleston Civic Center Box Office on Monday, Dec. 2. The game will be played in Charleston on Sunday, Dec. 29 at 3 p.m.

Tickets are $27 for lower level, $15 for upper level sideline and $10 for upper level baseline. Fans in the Charleston area can call 304-345-SHOW or purchase at the Charleston Civic Center Box Office.

…The Mountaineers and the Thundering Herd of Marshall will play their annual basketball game on Saturday, December 14th at the Civic Center. The Williamson Daily News will have pictures and a story from both of these games in Charleston.

(Kyle Lovern is the sports editor for the Williamson Daily News. Comments or story ideas can be sent to klovern@williamsondailynews.com or klovern@civtasmedia.com)