The Shotgun/Throwdown: Friday The 13th (4/13/12) 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 Sam Adams Alpine Spring.

Today we have more player features along with coaches interviews following practice #11. Evidently things got a little chippy at one point during the practice and there's some video of that as well. There's also the daily Big 12 rundown and lot's more. Basically, plenty to keep you occupied in today's edition.

NOTE: Today is the final daily edition of this post for a while (likely until August, unless happenings dictate otherwise). I will still check in at times over the next 4 weeks and the other guys will do their best to keep you abreast of things, especially up to and through the spring game.

What You May Have Missed:

Wrapping up my first visit to Morgantown - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
Like I said: Enjoyed my visit. Enjoyed the people. Enjoyed seeing the football team. It's going to be a fun fall, and WVU should be a great fit for the Big 12.

Handicapping the Heisman Race: The Big 12's Contenders - Barking Carnival
Geno and Tavon are among those contending

Truck Bryant Begins Play in Portsmouth Invitational - WVillustrated
Former Mountaineer guard plays alongside some of NCAA's top seniors in an effort to impress NBA scouts.

Women’s soccer has come a long way at WVU - Times West Virginian
It wasn’t easy, to be sure. The Big East is a strong soccer conference and she was competing against some deep, established programs.


News of Note:

Can WVU handle the new Big 12 pressure? - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
Can West Virginia handle the heat and win the league during their first lap around Big 12 country come fall?
"One way to find out, right?" Holgorsen said.

Quick Hits: Mountaineers Get Physical on Day 11 - WVillustrated
Take a look at a brief scuffle at Thursday's practice and Dana Holgorsen's attempts at throwing fade routes.

Energy Stays High During Practice Eleven - WVMETRONEWS.COM
“We try to let kids have fun out there in practice. [That’s] the only way we can get what we want accomplished, it can’t be they’re hating life by coming out there and practicing. You have to let those guys fly around and have fun.”

Football Notebook - MSNsportsNET.Com
Antonik's Notebook

Smith Looks For Perfection - WVMETRONEWS.COM
“There’s always room for improvement,” Smith said

Health will play key role for WVU's Buie - Charleston Daily Mail
"I feel real good, to be honest," the Jacksonville, Fla., native said. "I probably haven't felt this good physically since last camp -since I first got here. My body just feels so fresh."

Morgantown Native Tyler Anderson Finds Himself Starting on the N - WVillustrated
Anderson is listed as the starting Defensive End on the latest depth chart.

Francis battling Snow for LB job - Register-Herald
He believes it’s a lot easier for him now than it was last year. He calls the new scheme “more of a freestyle type of play.”

WVU linebacker Barber has bead on Big 12 - Charleston Gazette
"I know it's big-boy football," Barber said. "I know the big-name teams, but we're a big-name team too, so . . ."

Back and better than ever - Register-Herald
WVU’s Jenkins suffered injury in last year’s spring game

HERTZEL COLUMN: Joseph gets his shot with Mountaineers - Times West Virginian
“I knew I was going to be able to compete. I’m never scared of competition,” he said.

Football: Assistant Coaches on Spring Practice - MSNsportsNET.Com
West Virginia University assistant football coaches met with the media today to discuss spring practice.

WVU Football Assistants Interviews from Day 11 - WVillustrated
Roberts, DeForest, Gillespie, Slaughter, and Dawson

Video: Football Interviews 4/12 - BGN
Slaughter, DeForest, Gillespie and Patterson

Video: West Virginia QB Geno Smith - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith talks with David Ubben about his Heisman prospects, the move to the Big 12 and where he can go in Year 2 in coach Dana Holgorsen's offense.

WR Stedman Bailey - Mountaineer TV
Stedman Bailey talks about the expectations the offense has for this season.

Photos: Day Eleven Of Spring Ball - WVMETRONEWS.COM


Recruiting:

Mountaineers Offer Florida Defensive Tackle for 2013 - WVillustrated
Kyle Shortridge is excited by his sixth offer and the possibility of joining a good friend in Morgantown.


Around the League (and Beyond):

SPRING GAME: Prairie Springer on Defense - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Kansas Football Spring Football Outlook: Wide Receivers - Rock Chalk Talk

Oklahoma's Red/White Game Under Different Format This Year - Crimson And Cream Machine

Oklahoma State football: Can Cowboys win title with inexperienced QB? - Berry Tramel's Blog/Oklahoman

Red Raider Gridiron | Weight Gain by Position Group | The Offense - Double-T Nation

New kickoff rules will alter strategy for teams in 2012 - Sporting News


What's On Tap:

Football: Spring Game Parking Guidelines - MSNsportsNET.Com
With several events scheduled in and around Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium on Saturday, April 21, including the 2012 West Virginia University football Gold-Blue Spring Game, the following information should assist the general public with parking arrangements that day.


Video of Interest:

Chip Fontanazza has a report from spring practice and a future Mountaineer talks about heading to Morgantown.



Video of (Dis)Interest:

My month long work trip/vacation starts today, so...



Miss Throwdown:

Since you won't have these to look forward to daily for a while, I'm leaving you with an overdose of the jaw-dropping Kate Upton as a semi-parting gift. A new gallery is linked through the picture (which has further bonus galleries linked at the bottom of that page) and I'm even throwing in 2 amazing a videos and a very frustrating one. RI-COLA!!!!!

via popoholic.com





Sam Adams Alpine Spring image via www.thebeerspot.com

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