The Shotgun/Throwdown: Monday (4/11/11) Edition

Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown, WVU's nationally recognized best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions. We're being brought to you today by Zywiec, in honor of today's Miss Throwdown.

Well, the second week of drills are complete and there's lots to catch up on. WVU also picked up a QB commit for next year's recruiting class. Lot's of news from all over the football landscape, including some news on Villanova's pending/delayed decision to make the jump to FBS.

What You May Have Missed:

Holgorsen: Offense 'ahead of schedule' - Charleston Gazette

The Holgorsen Evaluation - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Includes video

VIDEO: Spring Practice Day Six Interviews with Dana Holgorsen and Jeff Casteel - WVillustrated.com

Football: Dana Holgorsen and Jeff Casteel Quotes - MSNsportsNET.Com
For those who are unable to view the videos

Week Two Complete - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Article, podcast, videos and gallery

WVU football: 'Diamond' scheme adds new dynamic - Charleston Daily Mail
Holgorsen showed off the "diamond" formation that featured three running backs. Oklahoma State scored 65 points and racked up 544 yards of offense.

Differing Philosophies - BGN
Few would dispute that the West Virginia University football team will play the 2011 season with two of the premier coordinators in college football on the coaching staff in defensive boss Jeff Casteel and offensive guru Dana Holgorsen. But the two men have one noteworthy difference in the way they each find success.

VIDEO: Spring Practice Day Five Interviews - WVillustrated.com
Najee Goode, Ryan Clarke, Daquan, J.D. Woods, Stedman Bailey, Julian Miller, Brian Athey, Branko Busick and Paul Millard

My spring Top 25 ballot - Big East Blog - ESPN
Brian likes us at #23

WVU AD Oliver Luck Proposes Beer Sales in Stadium - WVillustrated.com

News of Note:

WVU defense should maintain high level - Parkersburg News and Sentinel

Defending a Reputation - MSNsportsNET.Com
Najee Goode is taking it upon himself to make sure the younger LB's understand what it means and takes to be a top defense

WVU Linebacker Branko Busick Looking for a Big Year - WVillustrated.com
Speaking of the younger LB's

WVU was right fit for LB Francis - Charleston Gazette

Important Spring for NT Position - WVillustrated.com

Wright move? - Charleston Gazette
Junior bulks up for switch to nose tackle

Tandy's smarts give him a leg up - Charleston Gazette

WVU Spring Football Practices Heat Up - WVillustrated.com
Pads be poppin'

Mountaineers still learning new offense, trying to fill vacancies - Bluefield Daily Telegraph

One The Same Page - WVMETRONEWS.COM
The chemistry of former HS teammates Stedman Bailey and Geno Smith is discussed. (includes video)

Mountaineer receivers adjust to new offense - Daily Athenaeum

Holgorsen Seeks Production From RBs - MSNsportsNET.Com
...in direct contrast to Jeff Mullen's philosophy. (I kid, I kid)

In new offense, WVU backs all get a chance - Times West Virginian

Offense gives chance for all to contribute - Daily Athenaeum

Small, But Mighty - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Daquan Hargrett is profiled, includes video

WVU Rusher Daquan Hargrett Fighting for Starting Role - WVillustrated.com

WVU football: Holgorsen's arrival happened at just right time for Hargrett - Charleston Daily Mail

Freshman Millard takes on backup QB role - Times West Virginian

Quick Hits: WVU Spring Practice Day Five - WVillustrated.com
Coyle's Notebook

Quick Hits: WVU Spring Practice Day Six - WVillustrated.com
Coyle's Notbook

Video: WVU WR Tavon Austin - Big East Blog - ESPN
Brian Bennett talks with WVU wide receiver Tavon Austin.

Photo Gallery X: WVU Spring Football - BGN

Recruiting:

Houston QB Ford Childress Commits to Mountaineers - WVillustrated.com

WVU Still in Pursuit of 6-foot-11 Philip Jurick - WVillustrated.com
...and yes, for the incoming class (he could possibly make the number 8)

N.C.A.A. Cracks Down on Recruiting Sites - Pre-Snap Read
"the N.C.A.A. has decided that such sites fit into the latter category makes them off-limits, in the sense that Rivals or Scout.com provide recruiting videos not available to the general public."

Around the League (and Beyond):

Villanova's Big East Football Vote Delayed - The Nova Blog

PPL Problem Persists - VUhoops.com
Look for my interview with Brian of VUHoops later today

Dwight Jackson and Nick Temple; Impact Linebackers - Down The Drive
A mid spring look at the Cincinnati Bearcats linebackers.

Practice Roundup: Spring Football Is Over, And No One Was Grievously Injured! - Voodoo Five

Louisville football's young offensive linemen have to grow up together - Courier-Journal

Running back Graham a perfect fit for Pitt's new spread offense - PPG

Fenway Park Wants College Football, How Bout Syracuse vs. Boston College? - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

Huskies Have It Covered On Special Teams - Hartford Courant

After two major setbacks, Rutgers' Robert Joseph ready to fight for fullback position - Star Ledger

Seton Hall Basketball: Evaluating the Transfer Pool - South Orange Juice

2011 Georgetown Hoya Commit Greg Whittington Named All-Met Player of the Year; Otto Porter on Campus - Casual Hoya
Does 'Cuse know they have a recruit named Otto? Wouldn't that be delicious?

Cancer will not interrupt Lavin's duties at St. John's - NY Post
We do wish him a complete recovery

Videos of Interest:

Here's the highlight video of the latest football commit, Ford Childress:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Ladies and Gentlemen, I present....the Bacon Bazooka:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is Polish model Monika Pietrasinska. Click on her picture for today's gallery.

Zywiec image via www.zywiecusa.com

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