The Shotgun/Throwdown: Tuesday (4/19/11) Edition

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Ten practice sessions are in the books, with the next practice scheduled for tomorrow. The two coordinators were the subject of interview sessions after practice yesterday and while both seem pleased, they both know and admit its still very early to draw conclusions for the fall, especially with a few key team members out with injuries. But, you don't have to take it from me, let's see what the coaches themselves had to say...

What You May Have Missed:

VIDEO: WVU Spring Practice Day 10 Interviews - WVillustrated.com
Both Coordinators

Football: Coordinators' Monday Morning Quotes - MSNsportsNET.Com

Big shots in town - Charleston Gazette
"It's been really neat to see the tempo. It's a little bit faster. We're getting the ball to a lot of people in great spots. We're hitting deep balls, we're hitting crossing routes and swing passes out of the backfield.'' - HCBS

WVU’s Luck asked peers for advice on alcohol sales - Daily Athenaeum
Was there any doubt that he would do his due diligence?

WVU can be pouring beer by opener - Martinsburg Journal (AP)
"College campus partners tell us they see fewer incidents when our staff serve alcohol because we create a safer environment through staff training and controls," Zimmer wrote in an email to The Associated Press.

VSR: Buckner Student-Athlete of the Week - MSNsportsNET.Com
Varsity Sports Report

News of Note:

Defense has long way to go, Casteel says - Charleston Gazette
"There isn't really one guy who has stood out. We're trying to do things as a group and we're still mixing and matching guys,'' Casteel said. "We're starting to see them do some things as a group, which is encouraging, but we still have a long way to go. I don't know that anyone has been a great surprise to us yet. We still have a lot of guys out there learning to compete every day.''

The Lockwood Effect - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Freshman Avery Williams is learning quite a bit from Coach Lockwood

WVU Offensive Coaching Staff Already Working Well Together - WVillustrated.com
...as should be expected. That's why they were picked...because they know the offense (and each other) already.

Holgorsen taking time at evaluation - Charleston Gazette
"But the better we get at getting backwards and finding a guy that can pass-set and stop an end or sort out a blitz and all that kind of stuff, the more we'll do that. And if we can't do it we won't do it. We know what we want to do, but it's a process to evaluate what our guys can and can't do, which is going to take a lot longer than 10 practices. It won't be until two or three weeks [before the opener] before we settle in on what we can do right.''

Holgorsen strives for simplicity - Times West Virginian
"The only difference," McCartney said, "is in high school there were a lot more plays."

HERTZEL COLUMN - Body language, not potty language - Times West Virginian
"You want guys with bounce, that have energy, that line up quickly, are anxious and alert and are ready to go out there and make a play." Holgorsen wants guys with energy. Why Bob had to bring the "potty language" into this, I don't understand.

The Diamond's Edge - MSNsportsNET.Com
The much ballyhooed Diamond Formation, that is..

Alston won't be left out of Mountaineer offense - Charleston Daily Mail
Unless he's hurting, which leads to...

Shawne Alston Out With Neck Injury - WVMETRONEWS.COM
The injury report is starting to build

Search is on for WVU’s top receiver - Daily Athenaeum
I know we asked the question before, but who do you think it will be now that we've had 3 weeks of practice reports to scrutinize?

WVU Coaches Keeping a Close Eye on Special Teams - WVillustrated.com
No, Special Teams have not been forgotten by the coaching staff, even though they are usually overlooked by the media...until the first long return is given up in the fall.

Quick Hits: WVU Spring Practice Day 10 - WVillustrated.com
Coyle's Notebook

Day 10 Recap - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Podcast with DH, recap article, videos and gallery

The Big East's 3,000-yard passers in 2011 - Big East Blog - ESPN
I like his way of thinking with Geno...really like it

Around the League (and Beyond):

Big East Expansion Round-Up: Big East And ESPN Talk TV Contracts - Voodoo Five
Luckily we have basketball on our side in this negotiation

FOOTBALL: The Blame Game - VUhoops.com
Time to start the finger pointing

Louisville's Dominique Brown a limitless talent who may have to stay at QB - Courier-Journal

Syracuse Spring Game: Final Thoughts, Notes & Videos - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

Pitt Basketball: Jamie Dixon Hires Bill Barton As Assistant Replacement - Cardiac Hill

Muschamp: WRs Dunkley, McRoy to leave Florida program - SI.com
We were a finalist to land Dunkley originally...I wonder...

By The Numbers: Spring Game Attendance - CNBC
Thanks to Caridi's Twitter feed

Video of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

The Roastmaster General showed up and saved the day:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a Playboy model and a Lingerie Football League player. Click on the picture for today's gallery of Lindsey Vecchione.

Old Leghumper image via sat.gmncdn.com

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