Mountaineer Morning Links: Wednesday (10/17/12) Edition

Holgorsen's presser, player interviews, injuries, Kansas St. previews, a certain blogger was on ESPNU last night, Big 12 roundup and more.

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What You May Have Missed:

Kansas State players debate whether West Virginia is a state or not - SBNation.com
Is West Virginia a state? Don't be so sure you know the answer, man.

2012 Heisman Watch - Heisman Trophy Candidates - ESPN
Still #1, but not nearly unanimous like last week was

Heisman hinges on Klein/Geno showdown - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
West Virginia's loss to Texas Tech on Saturday ended any talk of Saturday's meeting with Kansas State being the national game of the week, but it also opened up what had previously been a painfully boring Heisman race.

Alabama, Oregon still control BCS destiny in Power Rankings - Andy Staples - SI.com
#15

Leach V. Holgorsen, Week 7: Texas Chainsaw Massacre - Football Study Hall
West Virginia’s offense finally paid the price for their dreadful defense while the Washington State offense may have finally found rhythm despite another loss.

Mountaineers Are Gavin Strong! - WVU Athletics
WVU has taken up Gavin Morris' cause.

No. 1 Rifle Shoots NCAA-Best Score in Win - WVU Athletics
The No. 1-ranked WVU rifle team shot a NCAA-best 4717 in its win over No. 10 Memphis.


News of Note:

Shakeup likely in receiving corps - Charleston Gazette
A shakeup was probably inevitable, and only part of it has to do with injuries. The bulk of it might be more mental.

Jenkins Out, Copeland Expected To Start Against Kansas State - WVillustrated
Brodrick Jenkins will miss the game against Kansas State due to injury. Travares Copeland is expected to get his first career start at receiver.

Secondary takes another hit - Charleston Daily Mail
True freshmen Ricky Rumph and Nana Kyrehmeh are in the mix to start opposite senior Pat Miller on national television Saturday night.

Focus key against K-State - Charleston Gazette
Looking closer still and you'll see Kansas State has but 379 total snaps and its opponents have but 413 in six games.

Kansas State looks for ways to slow West Virginia - Kansas City Star
"We’ve got a defense," Harper said. "The way our defense plays, it doesn’t put pressure on us."

Klein a different breed of QB - Charleston Gazette
K-State leader poses challenge for WVU defense

WVU Faces New Test in Klein, KSU - WVillustrated
Wildcats quarterback presents a challenge unlike any the Mountaineers have taken on this season.

Collin Klein: Vintage & Vaunted - WVMETRONEWS.COM
On Tuesday, as local beat writers and national columnists probed Klein for material regarding his prime-time matchup against West Virginia's Geno Smith, the senior redirected his answers toward the village around him.

Did Texas Tech provide blueprint to beat WVU? - Charleston Gazette
The Wildcats head to Morgantown on Saturday with a pretty good blueprint for success.

West Virginia players get reality check - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
West Virginia got some straight talk from the coaching staff Sunday night on how to handle the rigors of life in the Big 12 Conference.

WVU must learn from loss vs. Texas Tech - Pittsburgh Tribune
Texas Tech unveiled the perfect game plan against West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith.

Season Isn't Over Yet, WVU Fans - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
Welcome to the life of a West Virginia fan, where the only thing worse than the eventual torture is the belief that, yes, this is in fact the year we finally get it done.

Holgorsen: ‘We need to change the mindset’ - Times West Virginian
"Our job as coaches is to get back to what made us win all those games. That’s working hard, playing with a tremendous amount of effort and being disciplined, being smart, playing fast and playing physical."

Loss still stings for Mountaineers - Charleston Daily Mail
"We haven't had to deal with this in a long time."

Holgorsen Didn't 'Sugarcoat' Loss - WVMETRONEWS.COM
"It wasn't a positive session," Holgorsen said Tuesday. "I wasn't like, 'It's going to be OK guys.' We were honest with them."

HERTZEL COLUMN: Davis’ barbs don’t rattle Mountaineers - Times West Virginian
There is a fine line between being cocky and overconfident and sure of one’s self. A coach wants a team that believes it can win but probably not one that is so sure it will win that its effort is lacking, as West Virginia’s was.

Football Notebook - WVU Athletics
Mountaineers prepare for fourth-ranked K-State.

Football Player Quotes - WVU Athletics
The West Virginia football team addressed members of the media Tuesday night.

Video: Football Interviews 10/16 - BGN
Coach Roberts, Braun, Geno and Coach Patterson

WVU Offensive Video Interviews: WVU vs. Kansas State Week - WVillustrated
Garrison, Geno, Tavon and Jenkins

WVU Defensive Video Interviews: WVU vs. Kansas State Week - WVillustrated
Coach DeForest, Rigg, Bruce, Rowell, Coach Roberts & Garvin


Around the League (and Beyond):

Kansas State Wildcats making case for BCS national championship - NY Post

Motivated Bears hyped up for 3 straight wins against Texas - Waco Tribune

Iowa State football: First down a primary priority for offense - Des Moines Register

Kansas vs. Oklahoma State: Inside the Numbers - Rock Chalk Talk

THE INJURY INFO BLACKOUT: Enough already. - Cowboys Ride For Free

Trey Millard Says, "Get Off Me, Fool!" - Crimson And Cream Machine

Texas Player Comments Suggest Fractured Defense - Burnt Orange Nation

Patterson's Press Conference - Frogs O' War

Daniel Cobb, Texas Tech linebacker, cleared of felony, says coach - ESPN


What's On Tap:

Men's Basketball Tips with Gold-Blue Debut - WVU Athletics
West Virginia University will tip off the 2012-13 men’s basketball season with the Gold-Blue Debut presented by Coke Zero on Friday, Oct. 19, at 7:30 p.m., at the WVU Coliseum. Admission to the event is free with gates opening at 6:30 p.m.


Video of Interest:

Dana Holgorsen's Tuesday afternoon news conference at Milan Puskar Stadium.


Tye Burger of BringOnTheCats.com and "Mark" from SmokingMusket.com preview Saturday's Kansas State-West Virginia matchup.



Video of (Dis)Interest:

GIF WAR!!!! (We need to get John involved in the next one)


see the entries over at TigerDroppings.com

Hump Day Video of the Week:


Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a model from Los Angeles. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Melissa Steuart (includes bonus video).


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