WVU to retire Bruce Bosley’s number; short stuff

Kyle’s Korner ….

It was good to see WVU retire Bruce Bosley’s No. 77. Bosley earned consensus All-America honors in 1955 for the Mountaineers as a two-way tackle.

He was selected as the AP National Player of the Week following WVU’s 19-14 upset of Penn State in 1954

Bosley teamed with fellow linemen Sam Huff and Gene “Beef” Lamone to help West Virginia to a 31-7 record, including a 3-1 mark against Penn State and two wins over Pitt. He was a key member of West Virginia’s 1954 Sugar Bowl team that finished with an 8-2 record and a Southern Conference championship.

A second-round pick of the San Francisco 49ers in 1956, he went on to become an immediate starter for the 49ers at defensive end. He moved to offensive guard and then to center in 1962, where he excelled and was a 49er team captain in 1967 and 1968. He finished his playing career with the Atlanta Falcons in 1969.

… The next number I would like to see retired at WVU is No. 5, Pat White. He was one of the best in recent years to suit up for the Mountaineers. The speedy White was a threat to run or pass from his quarterback position. He rushed for 4,480 yards and 47 touchdowns while playing for WVU. He passed for more than 6,000 yards in his career.

White won four bowl games as QB for WVU including big wins in the Sugar and Fiesta Bowls.

There are plenty of great former Mountaineers and I’m sure in the future more will have their numbers retired.

… According to multiple sources, WVU has a commitment from flashy point guard Jordan McCabe, from Kaukauna, Wisconsion.

He is Coach Bob Huggin’s first commitment for 2018.

The 5-foot-11 “ball handling whiz” from Kaukauna, Wisc., chose the Mountaineers over offers from Minnesota, Missouri, DePaul and others.

Other Power Five programs such as Purdue, Marquette, Iowa and Iowa State have expressed interest in McCabe, who led his team to a state championship last March as a sophomore.

ESPN rates McCabe a four star prospect while Rivals, 247Sports and Scout give him three stars.

… According to the Metro News Sports Rivals website three-star cornerback Chris Hunt committed to the Mountaineers last Sunday, becoming the 14th pledge for 2017.

The senior, who transferred last spring to Bishop Sullivan Catholic High in Virginia Beach, Va., also holds offers from East Carolina and UNC-Charlotte. At 6-foot-1 and 163 pounds, he was on the standby lists for programs like Virginia Tech, Duke, Tennessee and North Carolina.

Hunt visited Morgantown for a game in 2015 and he returned in June when his new high school team won the 7-on-7 title at West Virginia’s camp.

… Injuries continue to plaque the WVU football team in pre-season practice. Four-star recruit Brendan Ferns, poised to serve as West Virginia’s middle linebacker after an impressive preseason camp, was lost for the season to a torn ACL, the school confirmed Tuesday afternoon.

Earlier WVU lost standout junior safety and NFL prospect Dravon Askew-Henry, who sustained a knee injury last week. Reserve nose tackle Jaleel Fields was lost to a torn ACL this summer.

… The big Cardinal Conference scrimmage will be held this Saturday at Scott High School in Madison. Mingo Central will take on Logan at around 5:00 p.m.

… Condolences to the family of Don Rouse, who passed away earlier this week. Big Don was a fixture around the Williamson Fieldhouse and a former youth sports coach. He was also a high school baseball umpire for many years. He will be missed by his three sons Don, Robbie and John.

(Kyle Lovern is the Managing Editor for the Civitas Media Mountain District including the Williamson Daily News and Logan Banner. He can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern.)

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