MORGANTOWN—Lindy’s, a preseason sports magazine publisher and online destination featuring sports news, scores, columns, opinions, and expert analysis for college football, has hit local newsstands and this year’s edition features WVU junior running back Leddie Brown on the regional cover.
West Virginia was picked 40th out of 130 teams under second-year head coach Neal Brown and the publication also listed senior Darius Stills as the fifth-best defensive tackle in the country.
Sitting atop the list of top defensive tackles is Florida State senior Marvin Wilson, whose Seminoles will face Stills’ Mountaineers in Atlanta to open the season on September 5th.
That matchup is one of three notable games on WVU’s schedule this year, according to Lindy’s. The others are the September 19th game against regional foe Maryland in Morgantown and the October 17th contest against Texas in Austin.
Stills, who accounted for 14.5 tackles for losses and seven sacks in 2019, was the only WVU player listed on either of Lindy’s two preseason All-Big 12 teams this year. The former Fairmont Senior star was also #7 on Lindy’s list of “Top 10 NFL Talent” and described the 6’1, 282-pounder as “quick, powerful, and uses his hands well to get off blocks.”
Lindy’s also predicted a seventh-place finish this year in the Big 12 Conference for the Mountaineers.
“The Mountaineers return a ton of experience after struggling with a bunch of newcomers in 2019,” the magazine wrote in its preview of WVU. “Coach Neal Brown has already shown he can make big strides in rebuilding a program, and West Virginia has the personnel to do the same in 2020. The one catch? West Virginia will face arguably one of the toughest schedules in the country, likely keeping them from reaching nine wins or more.”
The magazine also gave Brown high marks for his recruiting efforts.
West Virginia is ranked fourth in the Big 12 and 37th nationally with 20 players that include Maryland four-star prospect David Vincent-Okoli, who was named a Top 175 national recruit. Three-star quarterback prospect Garrett Greene from Tallahassee, Florida was also mentioned, as were the state’s top two prospects, Sean Martin of Bluefield and Zach Frazier, also of Fairmont Senior.
Brown said during a video call with the media on Wednesday that his squad will report for regular team activities on July 13th. A large percentage of players who are back on campus now are going through voluntary workouts.
As previously mentioned, WVU will open the season with Florida State on September 5th in Atlanta before returning to Morgantown to play Eastern Kentucky on September 12th in the Mountaineers’ home opener.
West Virginia’s first conference game will be on September 26th at home against Kansas State. That game is also scheduled to be Homecoming for the Mountaineers.