West Virginia's parade of preseason honors continued with the announcement of The Sporting News 2006 preseason All-Big East team. WVU and Louisville tied for top honors, with each school getting seven players on the first team.
Offensively, the Mountaineers landed wide receiver Brandon Myles
, running back Steve Slaton
, and linemen Jeremy Sheffey
and Dan Mozes
on the first team. WVU added three defensive players: lineman Keilen Dykes
, linebacker Kevin McLee
and safety Eric Wicks
, to the list.
West Virginia also placed three offensive players on TSN's second team. Quarterback Patrick White joined linemen Jake Figner and Ryan Stanchek on the squad.
Several Mountaineers were also singled out for national recognition. West Virginia had the highest rated player in the conference in the form of Mozes, who was selected by TSN as a first-team All-American and the number one center in the nation. Slaton was picked as a second team All-American and as the number four running back overall in the country.
Others receiving national attention included:
Kevin McLee: No. 6 outside linebacker in the nation
Eric Wicks: No. 7 strong safety in the nation
Patrick White: No. 8 quarterback in the nation
Owen Schmitt: No. 10 fullback in the nation
Jeremy Sheffey: No. 16 guard in the nation