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Today we have lots of player features to go along with interviews with both them and coaches. Plenty of love is being thrown the offensive line's way in the form of several articles. The defense is getting lot's of attention in the press as well. We also have images from yesterday's Fan Day, your daily Big 12 roundup and an update from WVUPros. All of this and much more...
What You May Have Missed:
G&BN: Deep Depth Defensive Backs - WVMETRONEWS.COM
DB's Coach Daron Roberts talks about playing freshman and getting them ready to with veterans and we get a look inside WVU Fan Day
Opening camp: West Virginia Mountaineers - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
Camp is open up in Morgantown. Before we get too deep in sweltering hot practices, I'll offer up a quick preview of what you need to know heading into the season.
Bruce Irvin Makes His NFL Debut But Darius Reynaud Steals the Show - WVU Pros
With all of the hype leading up to Bruce Irvin's first professional game, it was another former Mountaineer who stole the show.
News of Note:
Making Strides - WVUsports.com
Co-defensive coordinator Keith Patterson says the light is beginning to come on for some of his players.
Barber Meets Early Challenges - BGN
He's learning a new defense, and he's just a second year player, yet he finds himself thrust into a role that might demand leadership and teaching skills that are usually reserved for upperclassmen.
'Bruuuce' chant could be revived with Isaiah - Charleston Gazette
Well, Irvin has gone to the Seattle Seahawks. But WVU fans can retain their chant.
HERTZEL COLUMN: In the mind of WVU’s Isaiah Bruce - Times West Virginian
Too often we view the game of football from the outside in, watch the players play the game and judge the results without ever realizing what it was that got them to that point.
Linebackers enjoy new roles - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
So far at camp, players have been moved around quite a bit.
WVU football: Slaughter emphasizes pressuring quarterback - Charleston Daily Mail
We have to teach the kids that just getting pressure on the quarterback is a good thing because it disrupts them."
Fresh challenge for WVU defense - Charleston Gazette
New league, new scheme for inexperienced unit
New scheme no problem for Mountaineers’ Dunlap - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Veteran WVU assistant at ease with move to 3-4
WVU offense, coaches prepping defense - Inter-Mountain
The defense will definitely be challenged in the offensive-minded conference.
Allderdice defensive end Clarke adapts to change - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
For Clarke — a junior defensive end who originally committed to Pitt and also considered Akron and Iowa before signing with West Virginia in March 2009 — the changes continue.
WVU Receivers Helping Defensive Backs Prepare for Big 12 - WVillustrated
When West Virginia's receivers line up against their defensive counterparts in practice, there's a sometimes heated, but usually friendly, rivalry.
Freshmen on Field No Excuse for WVU - WVillustrated
Mountaineers staff have no fear of using young players in key roles, and that mentality is attractive to recruits.
A Most Valuable Player - WVUsports.com
Joe Madsen went from rolling snaps as a redshirt freshman to this fall becoming one of the most valuable players on West Virginia’s very valuable offensive football unit.
Unlike ’11, WVU o-line has numbers - Times West Virginian
“We didn’t have enough quality guys to practice with and to get quality plays off. You don’t wear down in the game; you wear down in practice.”
True Frosh Impress Bedenbaugh - WVUsports.com
Veteran offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh has liked what he's seen so far from his two true freshman offensive linemen Tyler Orlosky and Adam Pankey.
Fresh Out Of High School - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh says he’s never had two freshmen this high on the depth chart at the start of their careers.
Without a hitch, Kindler steps up on offensive line - Charleston Daily Mail
"Things went smoothly," offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh said. "We didn't miss a beat. When you can do things like that, that's when you're becoming a good offensive line."
Mountaineers excited about veteran offensive line - Register-Herald
Perhaps equally important, the Mountaineers are starting to build some depth.
Gaining momentum - Times West Virginian
WVU preps for bigger, faster, stronger defensive linemen in the Big XII
HERTZEL COLUMN: WVU’s offense showing signs of versatility - Times West Virginian
Even in this offense, there is room for power football, and West Virginia believes it can play it.
Garrison putting knee to the test - Charleston Gazette
Indeed, after a few days Garrison was back in a white jersey. That means defenders aren't limited in what they can do to him.
Clarke hopes to capture trust of WVU coaching staff - Charleston Gazette
After scoring 16 touchdowns in his first two seasons at WVU, Ryan Clarke did not touch the ball last year under first-year coach Dana Holgorsen.
HERTZEL COLUMN: Smith stronger than ever - Times West Virginian
“I’m stronger on the field and I’m stronger off the field,” he said.
Austin's power is electric - Charleston Gazette
Currently fourth among WVU's all-time receiving yardage leaders (2,124), he's 484 behind David Saunders.
Squirt learns a lesson from Austin - Times West Virginian
Every time an opponent was ready to unload on him, he escaped to the safety of the sideline, leaving them totally frustrated.
VIDEO: WVU Assistant Coach Interviews - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Coaches Patterson, DeForest, Spavital, Slaughter and Roberts
VIDEO: WVU Assistant Coaches Interviews - WVillustrated
Coaches Slaughter, Patterson, DeForest, Dunlap and Roberts
QB Geno Smith - Mountaineer TV
Geno Smith spoke about what he's seen from the team so far in practice, and how they're preparing for the upcoming season.
VIDEO: Mountaineer Player Interviews - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Tavon, Braun, Clay, Ryan Clarke, Maden & Eger & Garrison
WVU Football Player Interviews On Day Eight Of Training Camp - WVillustrated
Tavon, Garrison, Braun, Brodrick Jenkins, Feigt & Geno
Video: Football Interviews 8/10 - BGN
Madsen & Eger, Geno, Braun & Brodrick Jenkins
Around the League (and Beyond):
No. 22: T.C.U. - Pre-Snap Read
What's On Tap:
SiriusXM in Morgantown Monday - WVUsports.com
SiriusXM’s Bill King and College Football Hall of Famer Randy Cross will be on site broadcasting live from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET.
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