The Shotgun/Throwdown: Tuesday (4/10/12) Edition

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Today we have several updates and features on the running backs, including Shawne Alston getting more consideration as an every-down back and Ryan Clarke has re-earned the right to carry the ball. With all of the coaching changes over the last two years, there's more of an effort to get the football alumni familiar with and involved with the new coaching staff. Caleb has some good news on Bruce Irvin and we also have a few recruiting bits to go along with the daily Big 12 roundup. All of this and more...

What You May Have Missed:

Could Competition Among NFL Teams Propel Bruce Irvin Into the First Round? - WVU Pros
By the time the Draft rolls around at the end of this month, he will have visited and worked out for at least 12 teams.

VSR: Frazer Named Athelte of the Week - MSNsportsNET.Com
This week's Varsity Sports Report

Musings of a Mountain Man - WVillustrated
WVi Guest Columnist, John Woolard, takes a look back at WVU Football and Basketball as he begins his "summer break"...


News of Note:

Getting To Know Coach Holgorsen - WVMETRONEWS.COM
“Now that we’re moving to the Big 12 the stakes are higher and we need as many former student-athletes to come out and support coach [Holgorsen] and the staff and the team."

Mountaineers Relish Competition as Spring Wears On - WVillustrated
WVU finding its biggest enemy is itself as preparation for the fall continues with situational drills.

WVU Seeking RB Depth - MSNsportsNET.Com
West Virginia’s offense has a vertical threat in Stedman Bailey, it has a horizontal threat in Tavon Austin, and now, it is looking to complete the circle – an every-down running back that can force defenses to stick close to the line of scrimmage and remain honest.

Alston's role may expand for WVU - Charleston Gazette
"Oh, definitely I can be an every-down back,'' he said. "And I would like the opportunity to prove it.''

WVU football: Clarke gets extra shot, just hopes to hang on - Charleston Daily Mail
Gillespie has Clarke carrying the football for West Virginia University again after Gillespie authorized exactly zero carries for Clarke last season.

Working To Get On The Field - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Through nine practices, Clay appears to be getting the most reps at inside receiver.


Recruiting:

Recruits In Attendance For First Spring Scrimmage - WVillustrated
WVi's Matt Allevato discusses the recruits who took in spring practice No. 9 on Sunday.

Linebacker Target Yannick Ngakoue Gives WVU Top Marks - WVillustrated
One of nation's top HS prospects gives Mountaineers a 9.5 rating after weekend visit to Morgantown.


Around the League (and Beyond):

OU football: 'Belldozer' cuts down on Landry Jones' touchdown passes - Oklahoman

Iowa State football: Irving's size, skill on D-line striking - Des Moines Register

Kansas Jayhawks suspend tailback James Sims for 3 games - SI.com

K-State to break ground on stadium project - Topeka Capital-Journal

Does TCU have a new helmet? - CBSSports

OSU football: Coaches take unusual approach to special teams - Oklahoman

Red Raider Weekly: Brewer impresses in Spring, ready for 2012 - YouTube

UT Football 2012: Post-Spring Depth Chart, Defense & Special Teams - Burnt Orange Nation

NCAA Realizes Baylor Basketball Program Cheats?! Say Whaaa??? - Cowboys Ride For Free

BYU to Big 12 Update: Extrapolating the On-The-Record Timeline - Vanquish The Foe

New College Football Hall Of Fame - Jeff Lichtenstein's Blog
The CFB HOF is likely moving to Atlanta from South Bend


What's On Tap:

Football: Spring Game Events Revealed - MSNsportsNET.Com
The West Virginia University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is offering a variety of activities for fans of all ages in association with the Gold-Blue Spring Football Game presented by Kroger on Saturday, April 21.


Video of Interest:

Dana Holgorsen says true freshman safety Karl Joseph will get some playing time this season and some more headlines from the Big 12 Conference.



Video of (Dis)Interest:

All of the jumps. ALL. OF. THE. JUMPS.



Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is former Playmate Sara Jean Underwood. Click on the picture for a LARGE gallery (SFW).

via coedmagazine.com


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