The Shotgun/Throwdown: Wednesday (4/4/12) Edition

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The Mountaineers held their first practice since returning from spring break and based on the reports today, it showed a bit (but that was by design on the coaches part). Cornerback Pat Miller will miss the rest of spring drills with a foot injury and a former transfer has been dismissed. We also have Coach Holgorsen's presser and plenty of player interviews along with a couple of features on Andrew Buie. All of this and more...

What You May Have Missed:

Gold And Blue Now: Wednesday - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Chip Fontanazza gives a report from spring drills and Greg Hunter gives his take on the de-commitment of Jayme Thompson and what this means for West Virginia's recruiting.

WVU to play with new attitude next season after disappointing end to 2011-12 - Daily Athenaeum
Armed with a new attitude thanks to the dismantling they received at the hands of Gonzaga, the Mountaineers are looking to make up for the disappointment that WVU fans had to go through this season.

Derrick Bryant No Longer With Team - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Confirming reports that have been rampant on the message boards

Lageman Earns Scholarship for Senior Season at WVU - WVillustrated
Walk-on defensive lineman takes pride in representing his home state as a scholarship player for the Mountaineers.

Mountaineers wrap up spring break trip to Spain - Daily Athenaeum
The West Virginia women’s soccer team was fortunate enough to do just that while making a nine-day trip to Spain over spring break.

Former Mountaineer Larry Ford Making Most of Second Chance - WVillustrated
Always a Mountaineer: Former WVU d-lineman is finding success in the arena as he works toward fulfilling his dreams of professional football's highest levels.


News of Note:

Mountaineers addressing offense and depth for rest of spring - Charleston Daily Mail
West Virginia's football team returned from a nine-day hiatus Sunday with a workout Coach Dana Holgorsen designed to "get the spring break out of them."

Shaking Off The Rust On Day Seven - WVMETRONEWS.COM
The Mountaineers were back on the practice field for the first time in nearly two on Tuesday afternoon.

WVU players getting spring break kinks out - Daily Athenaeum
After a week off from practice, the West Virginia football team got back into the swing of things during its first full practice Monday.

Quick Hits: Mountaineers Return from Spring Break - WVillustrated
News and notes as WVU returns to practice with three weeks remaining before the annual Gold-Blue spring game.

Surgery shelves WVU cornerback Miller for spring - Charleston Gazette
Miller will be sidelined for two months, but should be fully recovered well before the beginning of fall camp and the 2012 season.

WVU’s CB Miller out for spring - Times West Virginian
Hertzel's Notebook

A career bounce for WVU's Buie - Charleston Gazette
"I'm just trying to take advantage of this spring practice," Buie said Tuesday night. "Taking reps, getting better."

Buie battles at running back - Martinsburg Journal
Sophomore wants to follow strong Orange Bowl

Football: Select Player Interviews - MSNsportsNET.Com
Transcripted highlights from some of the videos linked next

Video: Football Interviews 4/3 - BGN
HCDH, Rigg, Jorge Wright, Cook, Stedman and Geno

WVU Football Player Interviews from Spring Practice Day Seven - WVillustrated
Geno, Lageman, Ryan Clarke, Cook, Buie, Will Clarke, Josh Francis, Shaq Petteway, Rigg and Jorge Wright

Photos: Day Seven Of Spring Ball - WVMETRONEWS.COM


Around the League (and Beyond):

One Shining Season: The Baylor Lady Bears Are 40-0, National Champions - Our Daily Bears

Iowa State Football: Woody helping create new offensive wrinkle - Des Moines Register

OU Football: Catching Up With Coach Stoops - Crimson And Cream Machine

Scattershooting the Texas Longhorns Orange & White Game: The Defense - Barking Carnival

OSU football's spring moves drawing wide interest - Tulsa World

Red Raider Weekly: Kaufman leads Tech defense through first Spring as a Red Raider - YouTube

Dallas on tight schedule to approve Cotton Bowl renovation - Dallas Morning News


Video of Interest:

West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen reviews Tuesday's spring football practice inside Milan Puskar Stadium.



Video of (Dis)Interest:

Beckinsale and Biel? Ok, I'm in.



Hump Day Video of the Week:



Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a model from Uzbekistan. Click on the picture for today's gallery of Nadya Nepomnyashaya.

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