The Shotgun/Throwdown: Friday (8/17/12) Edition

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We have the final presser of camp from Holgorsen today (next week begins game prep). The press ignited somewhat of a panic when they reported that Geno was absent from practice and wouldn't be told why until the presser later in the evening. Needless to say, our thoughts and prayers go out to Geno and his family. There are plenty of practice reports, player features and national previews. Caleb previews tonights Titans/Bucs game and we have your regular Big 12 roundup too. All of this and more. Be sure to check back later today for our Big 12 Visitors Guide.

What You May Have Missed:

Holgorsen Post-Practice Remarks - WVUsports.com
Transcript here, video embedded below

Preview of this week's Dana Holgorsen Show - WVillustrated
Check out what to expect on the very first episode of this season's Dana Holgorsen Show airing this weekend.

Luck looks back at first two years as WVU AD - Daily Athenaeum
Since he started working in athletics in 1991, Oliver Luck has always been involved in professional sports.

Reviving the Backyard Brawl - Register-Herald
WVU AD Luck hopeful WVU and Pitt will battle again in the future

Statistics suggest experience and efficiency at QB wins the Big 12 - CBSSports.com
Using the last five years as a trend, TCU and West Virginia are the favorites to win the Big 12 because of their quarterback play.

College football season preview 2012: Top 10 storylines - Sporting News
Check out #8

Six Shooter: Six Questions with West Virginia blog The Smoking Musket - Frogs O' War
Here's my Q&A with the TCU blog

Ranking the Big 12's top 25 players: No. 12 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
The first Mountaineer to crack the list is...

High school ties bring WVU teammates closer - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
To the uninitiated, West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith along with wide receivers Stedman Bailey, Ivan McCartney, Terrence Gourdine and Devonte Mathis are more than just teammates on a Top 25 college football team.

WVUPros NFL Preseason Week 2 Preview: Titans vs. Bucs - WVU Pros
We preview tonight's game between the Titans and Bucs discussing Darius Reynaud, Najee Goode, and Keith Tandy.


News of Note:

Smith not at practice, goes home after grandmother's death - Charleston Daily Mail
Casazza's Notebook

Tribute to Stew, 'best of' Garvin and Buie - Charleston Gazette
Vingle's Notebook

Quick Hits: Smith Absent from Final Open Practice - WVillustrated
News and notes from the last set of drills that were available to the media's eyes before the season kicks off.

Mountaineers Finish Camp Without Smith - WVillustrated
With two days remaining before WVU begins game preparation, Holgorsen looks to finalize depth chart.

HERTZEL COLUMN: WVU’s success is tied directly to Geno Smith - Times West Virginian
In football terms, though, this served as something of a message to Mountaineerland just how fragile this team is as it moves into the Big 12.

Depth chart developing, receivers named - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"In certain areas, we can see it separating itself from starter to backup," Holgorsen said.

WVU still has to work on depth - Bluefield Daily Telegraph
Head coach Dana Holgorsen said Thursday’s practice was one of the best the team’s had, but there are still issues to address, including the team’s depth.

Woods Emerging As Playmaker For WVU - WVillustrated
Woods shows versatility as both an inside and outside receiver in the WVU offense.

WVU frosh safety thrown into battle - Charleston Gazette
The way K.J. Dillon figures it, little that can happen on Saturday afternoons this season will test him the way he's already being tested in practice.

Rumph is a football player - Charleston Daily Mail
"I feel like we stole one," DeForest said.

"Precision With Power" - BGN
West Virginia defensive line coach Erik Slaughter is beginning the process of "double-training" his players to man multiple positions along the defensive front, but no matter what spot they slot into, they have to master the fundamentals of line play.

Brown Impresses - WVUsports.com
I have been jarring my memory to try and recall another instance during the last 25 or 30 years when West Virginia was able to recruit a freshman defensive tackle as big and as strong as Christian Brown.

WVU 2012 Fall Football Camp Photo Gallery VII - BGN

Photos: Lucky Number 13 For Fall Camp - WVMETRONEWS.COM

MORE PHOTOS of West Virginia Football Training Camp - WVillustrated


Around the League (and Beyond):

Big 12 Football's Breakout Players for 2012 - AthlonSports.com
Squirt getting some love here

CHAMPIONS BOWL: The Rejected Applications - Wide Right & Natty Lite
Did you know some Iowa towns even tried to host the game? It's true! WRNL presents the Champions Bowl: The rejected applications.

Johnson putting neck injury behind him - Ames Tribune

Kansas Jayhawk Football Roster Breakdown: Interior Offensive Line - Rock Chalk Talk

No. 17: Kansas State - Pre-Snap Read
Countdown continues

K-State's Hubert hopes to make run at 1,000 yards - Topeka Capital-Journal

Position Carousel: Oklahoma's Roy Finch Should Remain At Running Back - Crimson And Cream Machine

Let's Give Wes Lunt a Nickname - Cowboys Ride For Free

Texas Football 2012: A Playmaking Defense And Its Impact - Burnt Orange Nation

2012 Preview: Tight Ends Look To Impress - Frogs O' War

Man in the middle: Gallington adjusting well to center - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

Dismissed LSU star Tyrann Mathieu reportedly in drug rehab - SI.com


What's On Tap:

WVU prepares to welcome new students on Move-In Day - WVU.edu
The traffic horror. HORROR, I TELL YOU!!


Videos of Interest:

Coach Holgorsen gave a post-practice update, and explained how the depth-chart is shaping up, and what still needs to be accomplished in the last 2 days of camp.




Video of (Dis)Interest:

Leave it to Olivia Munn to be able to make fun of herself so well... (there's a 15 second intro to suffer through)



Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a British model and actress. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Jorgie Porter.

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