West Virginia will conduct its annual Gold-Blue spring game on Saturday, April 7, 2018. Find game time, TV channel and how to watch online information below.
The Mountaineers will conclude their 2018 spring practice with a scrimmage involving their players. It will be the final chance to watch them until the start of practice later in the summer.
The defense will make up the blue team. The offense, who will be wearing white jerseys, will be on the gold squad.
West Virginia Gold-Blue game time, details
The West Virginia spring game will be at 1 p.m., Saturday April 7 at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W. Va.
Which TV channel is West Virginia’s Gold-Blue game on?
West Virginia will broadcast its spring game on a statewide network including WBOY-DT2 in Clarksburg, WOWK in Charleston/Huntington, WTRF in Wheeling and WVNS in Beckley.
How can I watch West Virginia’s Gold-Blue online?
West Virginia will stream its spring game on WVUSports.com.
How can I listen to West Virginia’s Gold-Blue game on the radio?
Fans in Morgantown can listen to West Virginia’s spring game on WZST-FM 100.9, in Charleston on WMXE-FM 100.9 and in Wheeling on WBBD AM 1400 along with more than 30 affiliates of the Mountaineer Radio Network across the state. To find a full list of West Virginia football affiliates, go here. A free streaming listening experience also is available at the Mountaineers’ Tune-In App.
Do I need a ticket for West Virginia’s Gold-Blue game?
Yes, tickets will be required for fan admission to Milan Puskar Stadium. Cost is $10 with a portion of proceeds going to WVU Medicine Children’s Hospital.
And the West Virginia sports department is offering combination tickets for the Gold-Blue Spring game and Saturday’s baseball game against UNLV at $15.
West Virginia spring game preview, keys to the game
West Virginia will punctuate its 2018 spring practice with its annual spring game Saturday in Morgantown.
The Mountaineers enter the 2018 season with the most hype for any season since joining the Big 12 in 2012. Bleacher Report tagged the Mountaineers as one of the dark horses for the 2018 College Football Playoffs.
With the return of quarterback Will Grier and most of his offensive weapons from last season’s 7-6 team, some are calling the Mountaineers potentially the nation’s best offensive unit for the upcoming season.
But that doesn’t mean there aren’t some areas where help is needed.
After the departure of top 2017 backup Chris Chugunov and David Israel to transfer, Holgorsen is down to three scholarship quarterbacks. Trey Lowe was a member of last year’s signing class, but he has zero college snaps. And incoming transfer Jack Allison will be eligible after sitting last season out.
The scrimmage on Saturday will be the debut of former Alabama receiver T.J. Simmons and former Miami tight end Jovani Haskins. Simmons is expected to provide a physical wide receiver who can make tough catches when needed, joining 2017 national touchdown leader David Sills V and 1,000-yard receiver Gary Jennings.
Haskins’ arrival comes as Holgorsen’s offense never has really featured a tight end as a pass catcher. Haskins has the ability to stretch defenses and Trevon Wesco is more of a blocker.
West Virginia coaches have been raving about third-string running back Alec Sinkfield, who provides a breakaway element than top returners Kennedy McKoy and Martell Pettaway.
And one of the more interesting stories on the team this season is incoming 27-year-old freshman tight end Jesse Beal, who is giving college football a shot after a 10-year minor-league baseball career.
Along the line, the Mountaineers are looking to build depth at guard where there’s not much experience behind projected starters Josh Sills and Isaiah Hardy.
West Virginia defensive growth necessary
But West Virginia’s hopes of claiming its first Big 12 championship will depend on defensive improvement. Tony Gibson’s unit ranked 106th nationally in total defense, 103rd in rushing defense, 90th in pass efficiency defense and 105th in turnover margin. The Mountaineers allowed at least 30 points in eight games last season with a 3-5 record in those games.
The Mountaineers need immediate help at nose tackle where freshman All-American Lamonte McDougle has announced he will transfer. Sophomore Darius Stills looks to be the likely starter with former Penn State transfer Brendon Thrift ready as well.
Of particular note is at defensive end, where West Virginia returns players with 16 career starts and 13 of those belong to Reese Donohue. Considering that Gibson typically rotates five players at the position, playmakers are needed.
At cornerback, the Mountaineers return five scholarship players who have combined for three combined starts. Considering the pass-happy nature of the Big 12, West Virginia needs experience at the position quickly. A last-minute graduate transfer after spring practice wouldn’t be a surprise.
Sophomore Dylan Tonkery has emerged as a key playmaker in the spring and will be on display as the team’s new middle linebacker.
And the ultimate goal for Holgorsen and his team, obviously, is to get through the Gold-Blue game without injuries.