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2012 West Virginia Mountaineers football team

The 2012 West Virginia Mountaineers football team represented West Virginia University in the 2012 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The season marked the Mountaineers' first season as members of the Big 12 Conference. In addition, the 2012 season was the first for the team since 1942 without a Backyard Brawl matchup against their top rival Pittsburgh due to their exit from the Big East Conference after the 2011 season. The Mountaineers were led by Dana Holgorsen in his second season as head coach. Joe DeForest and Keith Patterson served as co-defensive coordinators in their first season at WVU, while Shannon Dawson was elevated to offensive coordinator after serving as the team's receivers coach in the 2011 season. West Virginia played its home games on Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, West Virginia. They finished the season 7–6, 4–5 in Big 12 play to finish in a four way tie for fifth place. They were invited to the Pinstripe Bowl where they were defeated by longtime rival Syracuse.

2012 West Virginia Mountaineers football
West Virginia Mountaineers logo.svg
Pinstripe Bowl, L 14–38 vs. Syracuse
ConferenceBig 12 Conference
2012 record7–6 (4–5 Big 12)
Head coachDana Holgorsen (2nd season)
Offensive coordinatorShannon Dawson (1st as coordinator, 2nd overall season)
Offensive schemeSpread
Defensive coordinatorJoe DeForest (1st season)
Co-defensive coordinatorKeith Patterson (1st season)
Base defense3–4
Home stadiumMountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium (60,000)
Seasons
← 2011
2013 →
2012 Big 12 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 12 Kansas State $+   8 1         11 2  
No. 15 Oklahoma +   8 1         10 3  
No. 19 Texas   5 4         9 4  
Oklahoma State   5 4         8 5  
Baylor   4 5         8 5  
TCU   4 5         7 6  
Texas Tech   4 5         8 5  
West Virginia   4 5         7 6  
Iowa State   3 6         6 7  
Kansas   0 9         1 11  
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

Contents

PreseasonEdit

2012 recruiting classEdit

Big 12 media pollEdit

  1. Oklahoma (32), 396
  2. West Virginia (7), 339
  3. Texas 291
  4. Oklahoma State, 267
  5. TCU (1), 260
  6. Kansas State (1), 257
  7. Baylor, 162
  8. Iowa State, 121
  9. Texas Tech, 116
  10. Kansas, 46

Awards candidatesEdit

Coaching staffEdit

2012 Coaching Staff

Head Coach

Offensive Coaches

  • Bill Bedenbaugh - Offensive Line
  • Shannon Dawson – Offensive Coordinator/Receivers
  • Robert Gillespie - Running Backs
  • Jake SpavitalQuarterbacks

Defensive Coaches

 

Special Teams Coaches

Support Staff

  • Ryan Dorchester - Recruiting Coordinator
  • Alex Hammond - Director of Football Operations
  • Mike Joseph - Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Dave Kerns - Head Athletic Trainer
  • Dan Nehlen - Equipment Manager
  • Quincy Wilson - Assistant Director of Football Operations

RosterEdit

2012 West Virginia Mountaineers

Quarterbacks

  • 7 Ford Childress – Freshman  
  • 11 Travis Maraney – Freshman
  • 14 Paul Millard – Sophomore
  • 16 Logan Moore – Junior
  • 12 Geno SmithSenior

Running Backs

  • 20 Shawne Alston – Senior
  • 28 D'Vontis Arnold – Freshman  
  • 13 Andrew Buie – Sophomore
  • 32 Ryan Clarke – RS Senior
  • 88 Cody Clay – RS Freshman
  • 29 Dustin Garrison – Sophomore
  • 35 Anthony Gutta – RS Freshman
  • 27 D. J. Hunt – Freshman
  • 33 Nate Majnaric – RS Junior
  • 30 Donovan Miles – RS Senior
  • 36 Chris Smelley – RS Freshman

Receivers

  • 83 Connor Arlia – Sophomore
  • 1 Tavon AustinSenior
  • 3 Stedman BaileyRS Junior
  • 23 Dustin Brown – RS Sophomore
  • 15 Dante Campbell – RS Freshman
  • 17 Sam Eggleston – Freshman
  • 18 Terrence Gourdine – RS Sophomore
  • 89 Will Johnson – Freshman
  • 82 Devonte Mathis – Freshman
  • 5 Ivan McCartney – Junior
  • 19 K. J. Myers – RS Freshman
  • 80 Ryan Nehlen – RS Senior
  • 85 Devonte Robinson – Freshman
  • 10 Jordan Thompson – Freshman
  • 81 J. D. Woods – RS Senior
 

Offensive Linemen

  • 60 John Bassler – RS Senior
  • 57 Jeff Braun -RS Senior
  • 63 Michael Calicchio – Junior
  • 76 Pat Eger – RS Junior
  • 62 Curtis Feight – RS Junior
  • 64 Mark Glowinski – Junior
  • 73 Russell Haughton-James – RS Freshman
  • 70 Brandon Jackson – RS Freshman
  • 77 Josh Jenkins – RS Senior
  • 79 Nick Kindler – RS Junior
  • 78 Marquis Lucas – RS Freshman
  • 74 Joe Madsen – RS Senior
  • 69 Tony Matteo – Freshman
  • 65 Tyler Orlosky – Freshman
  • 58 Adam Pankey – Freshman
  • 67 Quinton Spain – RS Sophomore

Defensive Linemen

  • 94 Imarjaye Albury – Freshman
  • 95 Christian Brown – Freshman
  • 98 Will Clarke – RS Junior
  • 92 Trevor Demko – RS Sophomore
  • 17 Dozie Ezemma – RS Junior
  • 70 James Gayeski – RS Freshman
  • 95 Korey Harris – Freshman
  • 42 Garrett Hope – Freshman
  • 45 Eric Kinsey – Freshman
  • 91 J. B. Lageman – RS Senior
  • 97 Noble Nwachukwu – Freshman
  • 93 Kyle Rose – RS Freshman
  • 90 Shaq Rowell – Senior
  • 56 Jewone Snow – RS Sophomore
  • 99 Jorge Wright – RS Senior
 

Linebackers

  • 53 Tyler Anderson – RS Junior
  • 48 Justin Arndt – Freshman
  • 33 Jared Barber – Sophomore
  • 31 Isaiah Bruce – RS Freshman
  • 40 Austin Copeland – Freshman
  • 4 Josh Francis – Senior
  • 28 Terence Garvin – Senior
  • 49 Troy Gloster – RS Sophomore
  • 35 Nick Kwiatkoski – RS Freshman
  • 36 Shaq Petteway – Sophomore
  • 50 Taige Redman – RS Junior
  • 47 Doug Rigg – Junior
  • 41 Curtis Smelley – RS Freshman
  • 37 Wes Tonkery – RS Sophomore
  • 11 Sean Walters – Freshman

Cornerbacks

  • 16 Terrell Chestnut – RS Freshman
  • 3 Vernon Davis – Freshman  
  • 23 Brodrick Jenkins – RS Junior
  • 7 Nana Kyeremeh – Freshman
  • 24 Cecil Level – RS Senior
  • 12 Mikal Mayo – RS Freshman
  • 6 Pat Miller – Junior
  • 20 Brandon Napoleon – Freshman  
  • 15 Ricky Rumph – Freshman
  • 14 Nana Twum Agyire – RS Freshman
  • 19 Anthony Vecchio – RS Sophomore
  • 22 Avery Williams – Sophomore
 

Safeties

  • 34 Ishmael Banks – RS Sophomore
  • 26 Travis Bell – Junior
  • 39 Nick Cadwell – RS Senior
  • 25 Darwin Cook – RS Junior
  • 9 K. J. Dillon – Freshman
  • 32 Mike Hall – Freshman
  • 43 Jarrod Harper – Freshman
  • 8 Karl JosephFreshman
  • 27 William Marable – RS Junior
  • 46 Matt Moro – Senior
  • 18 Ishmail Showell – RS Freshman

Specialists

  • 40 Tyler Bitancurt – RS Senior (K)
  • 69 Jerry Cooper – RS Sophomore (LS)
  • 87 John DePalma – Freshman (LS)
  • 38 Josh Lambert – Freshman (K/P)
  • 46 Michael Molinari – RS Sophomore (K)
  • 44 Corey Smith – RS Senior (K/P)

Key

  •  Currently Injured
  •  Current redshirt
  • I*Ineligible

Official Team Roster

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 112:00 p.m.Marshall*No. 11FXW 69–3459,120[1]
September 154:30 p.m.vs. No. 4 (FCS) James Madison*No. 9ROOTW 42–1245,511[2]
September 2212:00 p.m.Maryland*No. 8
  • Mountaineer Field
  • Morgantown, WV (rivalry)
FXW 31–2158,504[3]
September 2912:00 p.m.No. 25 Baylor No. 9
  • Mountaineer Field
  • Morgantown, WV
FXW 70–6360,012[4]
October 67:00 p.m.at No. 11 TexasNo. 8FOXW 48–45101,851[5]
October 133:30 p.m.at Texas TechNo. 5ABCL 14–4957,328[6]
October 207:00 p.m.No. 4 Kansas StateNo. 17
  • Mountaineer Field
  • Morgantown, WV
FOXL 14–5560,101[7]
November 33:00 p.m.TCUNo. 23
  • Mountaineer Field
  • Morgantown, WV
FOXL 38–39 2OT52,322[8]
November 103:30 p.m.at Oklahoma StateABCL 34–5557,799[9]
November 177:00 p.m.No. 13 Oklahoma
  • Mountaineer Field
  • Morgantown, WV
FOXL 49–5050,238[10]
November 233:30 p.m.at Iowa StateABCW 31–2453,792[11]
December 12:30 p.m.Kansas
  • Mountaineer Field
  • Morgantown, WV
FSNW 59–1051,112[12]
December 293:15 p.m.vs. Syracuse*ESPNL 14–3839,098
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

RankingsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP 11 9 9 8 9 8 5 17 25 23 NR NR NR NR RV NR 
Coaches 11 8 8 7 7 7 4 15 22 19 RV NR NR NR NR NR 
Harris Not released 4 15 22 20 RV NR NR NR RV Not released 
BCS Not released 13 19 21 NR NR NR NR NR Not released

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Marshall Thundering Herd vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - Box Score - September 01, 2012". ESPN.com. Retrieved September 1, 2012.
  2. ^ "James Madison Dukes vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - Box Score - September 15, 2012". ESPN.com. Retrieved September 15, 2012.
  3. ^ "Maryland Terrapins vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - Box Score - September 22, 2012". ESPN.com. Retrieved September 22, 2012.
  4. ^ "Baylor Bears vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - Box Score - September 29, 2012". ESPN.com. Retrieved September 29, 2012.
  5. ^ "West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Texas Longhorns - Box Score - October 6, 2012". ESPN.com. Retrieved October 7, 2012.
  6. ^ "West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Texas Tech Raiders - Box Score - October 13, 2012 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved October 13, 2012.
  7. ^ "Kansas State Wildcats vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - Box Score - October 20, 2012 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved October 21, 2012.
  8. ^ "TCU Horned Frogs vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - Box Score - November 03, 2012 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved November 4, 2012.
  9. ^ "West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys - Box Score - November 10, 2012 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved November 11, 2012.
  10. ^ "Oklahoma Sooners vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - Box Score - November 17, 2012 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved November 17, 2012.
  11. ^ "West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Iowa State Cyclones - Box Score - November 23, 2012 - ESPN". ESPN.com. November 23, 2012.
  12. ^ "Kansas Jayhawks vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - Box Score - December 1, 2012 - ESPN". ESPN.com. December 1, 2012.