Honors, Rankings Roll In

West Virginia has received more national attention with its placement on Athlon's preseason Top 25 and Dan Mozes' spot on a prestigious watch list.

Athlon Sports, publisher of America's Premier Sports Annuals, is releasing its preseason Top 25. West Virginia checks in at No. 6.

Athlon Sports predicts West Virginia to win the Big East.

OL Dan Mozes is named First-Team All-American and First-Team All-Big East.

RB Steve Slaton and LB Kevin McLee are named Third-Team All-American and First-Team All-Big East.

OL Jeremy Sheffey, DL Keilen Dykes, LB Kevin McLee and S Eric Wicks are named First-Team All-Big East.

QB Patrick White, WR Brandon Myles, OL Ryan Stancheck, DL Johnny Dingle, and DL Pat Liebig are named Second-Team All-Big East.

RB Owen Schmitt, DL Craig Wilson, LB Jay Henry, and PR Antonio Lewis are named Third-Team All-Big East.

West Virginia's offensive line, defensive line, and linebackers are rated No. 1 in the Big East.

The Big East regional cover will feature QB Pat White and RB Steve Slaton, and will be available on June 5.

Meanwhile, center Dan Mozes saw his name prominently displayed on another watch list.

The Dave Rimington Trophy today released their spring watch list of top collegiate centers for the 2006 season. This season marks the seventh year of the Rimington Trophy recognizing the most outstanding center in college football and the first as a Regular Member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA).

The spring watch list consists of thirty-nine of college football's top men in the middle and will be updated once prior to the beginning of the season. Five Sophomores, eleven Juniors and twenty-three Seniors make up the very strong field.

"With only one returning finalist (Dan Mozes, West Virginia) from last season the competition will be wide open which will certainly make for an exciting race. Center is a very difficult position to evaluate and of course play so I wish all of the candidates and their respective teams a successful season", said Dave Rimington.

Darnell Stapleton of Rutgers and Eric Wood of Louisville are the only other Big East players making the list.

West Virginia was also rated #11 by AutumnSpectacle.com, which is a prediction of where the Mountaineers will finish the season. Louisville was picked #8, and was also tabbed to win the Big East title.


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