Kyle’s Korner ….
In the MetroNews Power Index for West Virginia high school football, Mingo Central comes in at No. 3, while its opponent this week, Tolsia, is No. 8. Another local Cardinal Conference team, Chapmanville, comes in at No. 10.
In Class A Tug Valley is ranked No. 5 in the power index. The Panthers take on Meadow Bridge this week.
… College football fans are excited for this weekend as the 2015 season starts. WVU will host Georgia Southern up in Morgantown on Saturday evening, while Marshall will play host to Purdue in a rare Sunday afternoon contest. Kentucky will host Louisiana Lafayette on Saturday night in Lexington.
… Two former Mountaineers were cut earlier this week as NFL teams trimmed their rosters to 75 players.
The Texans waived defensive lineman Chris Neild a month after signing the 27-year-old. The 2011 7th-round pick of Washington has played in 24 games but suffered preseason ACL tears in 2012 and last year.
Cornerback Ellis Lancaster, 28, was cut by Buffalo following a two-week stint with the club.
The final round of cuts come Saturday afternoon, when rosters are trimmed to their season limit of 53 .
Among end-of-camp competitions, Keith Tandy appears to be battling for the final safety spot in Tamp Bay. He was picked by the Bucs in the 6th round of the 2012 draft.
Free-agent rookies Dreamius Smith (Chargers) and Quinton Spain (Titans) are still hoping to latch on with their teams. Spain could earn a roster spot as a reserve offensive lineman, while Smith has an outside chance with San Diego. He could salvage a spot on the practice squad.
In Cincinnati, 7th-round pick Mario Alford appears likely to make the team as a wide receiver. The Bengals still have second-year defensive end Will Clarke on the roster.
There are several other former WVU players on NFL rosters. More on those players at a later date.
I’ll also see how some former Marshall players end up as they fight to make a roster in the NFL.
… West Virginia University’s basketball game at Virginia Tech on Dec. 30 will be televised by ESPNU and will tip at noon.
The Mountaineers will now have 25 of their 31 regular season games on national television. The complete television schedule along with game times will be announced later this month.
(MetroNews Sports contributed to this article.)
(Kyle Lovern is the Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern)