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Yesterday, Coach Holgorsen allowed the press to see some live 11-on-11 drills for the first (only?) time. Needless to say, they were extremely happy to see it. In the presser (we have it embedded) later in the evening, Coach touched on the avoidance of any academic casualties over the summer, freshmen making impact on the 2 deep lineup, yet cautioned about a few who aren't quite ready yet. We also have a report on the fundraising efforts to field a golf team, WVUPros updates us on J.T Thomas and Chris Neild, your Big 12 roundup and much, much more...
What You May Have Missed:
G&BN: First Great, Second Terrible - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Dana Holgerson talks about his offense, QB Coach Jake Spavital talks about how prepared Geno Smith is and Jay Drury talks about what games the "Pride of West Virginia" will go to.
Dana Holgorsen Quotes: Monday - WVUsports.com
Transcript here, video embedded below
Quotes from Coach: A WVU Miracle - WVillustrated
Holgorsen updates academic issues and progress at a variety of positions on offense.
NCAA College Football Power Rankings Preseason - ESPN
#9, as revealed last week, but here's the entire top 25
Big 12 moves differ for WVU, TCU - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
"One of the challenges they have is the same challenge we had going to the Mountain West," Patterson said. "You're traveling so far, it's hard for a lot of people to go with you."
Hitting the Course - Martinsburg Journal
As the West Virginia Mountaineers enter the Big 12, the athletic department will have a series of adjustments and changes. One of which is expected to happen in 2014 in the addition of a golf program.
Tuesday NFL Quick Hits: Chris Neild Injury, J.T. Thomas Promotion - WVU Pros
We have a few updates on Chris Neild and J.T. Thomas.
News of Note:
Holgorsen: 'O' linemen not ready - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
We'll keep repping them. And we won't talk about a redshirt situation here for the next few weeks."
Putting it all on the line - Charleston Gazette
Offensive front goes from maligned to team anchor
Smith’s play a weighty issue - Register-Herald
West Virginia quarterback comfortable after gaining 11 pounds
Spavital: QBs Improving - WVUsports.com
"Having five arms, it’s beneficial for Geno and Paul not getting as many reps," admitted quarterbacks coach Jake Spavital.
D-line is still hardest spot to recruit - Charleston Daily Mail
I want guys who are tall enough to grow to where they can handle themselves. If you get a 6-foot guy who can move, how much bigger is he going to get? If you get a 6-5 guy who can move, he can put weight on."
A few surprises on WVU's No. 1 defense - Charleston Gazette
Perhaps more revealing than the plays themselves were the lineups.
WVU freshmen look to play key roles - Charleston Daily Mail
The freshman class, which has summer enrollees speaking to the media for the first time today, could have a starter at safety and inside receiver for the 11th-ranked Mountaineers and supply depth at running back, inside and outside receiver, offensive line, defensive line, linebacker, cornerback, safety and even kicker.
Holgorsen doesn’t like scrimmages - Charleston Gazette
WVU hopes to live up to hype during 2012 season - Times West Virginian
Live Snaps And An Academic 'Miracle' - WVMETRONEWS.COM
In all, the Mountaineers had about 50 live snaps on the day.
Quick Hits: Team Football Highlights Monday's Drills - WVillustrated
Holgorsen surprises the media with a random outbreak of 11-on-11 football on the grass in Morgantown.
Around the League (and Beyond):
Know Your Enemy: Texas Christian University - Wide Right & Natty Lite
Can't wait to see what they'll have for us later
Video of Interest:
Coach Holgorsen spoke about what his coaching staff is doing to prepare the team for their first upcoming game, as well as what players are standing out so far throughout camp.
Video of (Dis)Interest:
There have been others, but holy crap...
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