The Shotgun/Throwdown: Wednesday (8/22/12) Edition

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10 Days

Ten more days of waiting for kickoff. Today we have more features on the O Line and a few more Big 12 conference previews to go with the usual player features. WVU also has landed a transfer DB from Miami. Baseball announced formal plans to play in Charleston in the upcoming season, and possibly in Beckley as well. In Big 12 news of note, Oklahoma just lost another player. No, seriously...they're dropping like flies in Norman. All of this, more news from around the league and more...

What You May Have Missed:

No. 12: West Virginia - Pre-Snap Read
...and the countdown has reached the good guys

Top players, coaches, teams honored in Herbie Awards - ESPN
Several mentions of Mountaineers here

Top 10: Positions for contenders that could determine BCS champion - CBSSports.com
In case you missed it in my secondary preview yesterday

Charleston To Host Three Series - WVUsports.com
The West Virginia University baseball team will play nine Big 12 Conference games at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston during the 2013 season

WVU baseball could visit Beckley - Register-Herald
That’s certainly the hope of stadium owner Doug Epling, and signs seem to be pointing to that possibility.

WVU: The Dakich saga doesn't matter - Charleston Daily Mail
Right now, you have two people trading versions of a story over a couple of radio stations. It's a silly war of words with serious implications that someone needs to address.

Mike Gansey Promoted by Cleveland Cavaliers - WVU Pros
Mountaineer star Mike Gansey is advancing his professional career within the NBA.


News of Note:

Mountaineers Forget the Past, Look to Future - WVillustrated
Good and bad of the 2011 season must be put behind WVU as a new year approaches.

Depth an issue at quarterback for WVU - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Millard, Childress provide primary backup for Smith

Experienced WVU Line Builds Depth - WVillustrated
Bill Bedenbaugh is pleased with the progress he sees up front for the Mountaineers offense in year two.

WVU features experience at all positions - Daily Athenaeum
The offensive line essentially returns five starters, including three seasoned vets, creating an excellent guard-center-guard combo

Braun, Mountaineer offensive line ready to make the jump in 2012 - Daily Athenaeum
The aura is much different on the offensive line for the West Virginia football team this fall camp.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Napoleon adjusting to new life - Times West Virginian
"The first week of the summer I was really homesick," he said. "It was a big adjustment, coming from Jersey, seeing all the mountains and scenery. I’m not used to it."

WVU football: Freshman can't be too reliant on speed - Charleston Daily Mail
"The bad part of being fast is sometimes you rely on your speed too much and you think you're always going to catch up with the guy," West Virginia cornerbacks coach Daron Roberts said.

Doing his Level best - Charleston Gazette
WVU Tech refugee makes mark on Mountaineer special teams

Anderson has come long way - Martinsburg Journal
After being redshirted that year, the 6-foot-2, 244-pound Morgantown High alumnus has seen action mostly with special teams in all 13 games in 2010 and 2011.

WVU Looks To Improve on ‘D’ - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
The Mountaineers lost four of their top seven tacklers and must find some depth and work out the kinks of a new 3-4 scheme.

Video: Defensive Line Focus - BGN
Will Clarke has grabbed much of the preseason spotlight focused on West Virginia's defensive front, but his starting linemates will have just as much to say in determining the Mountaineers' 2012 success.


Recruiting:

Report: WVU Gets Miami Transfer - WVMETRONEWS.COM
The Miami Herald reported on Tuesday that Miami freshman cornerback Vernon Davis is getting out of his scholarship with the Hurricanes and will transfer to WVU, according to his high school head coach.


Around the League (and Beyond):

Big 12 conference preview leads with Oklahoma, Texas, West Virginia - Stewart Mandel - SI.com
Are newcomers West Virginia and TCU ready for Big 12 play? Can Texas win without picking a quarterback? Will Baylor regress without Robert Griffin III? Stewart Mandel answers that and more in his Big 12 conference preview

Video: Big 12 conference preview - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
ESPNU breaks down the season ahead for the Big 12.

Big 12 preview - Sporting News
Top 10 storylines for the league

Big 12 all-conference team: Sporting News' picks - Sporting News
Somewhat surprising pick at QB, but not surprising given how they ranked the teams earlier in the year

Roster Notes: Osei In, Orakpo Out? - Our Daily Bears

Undersized ISU ends must rely on quickness - Ames Tribune

Tim Grunhard’s gospel: No softies allowed on KU offensive line - KUsports.com

Consequences of complacency concern Cats - Topeka Capital Journal

OU Football 2012: Disclaimer: We're Simply Running Out Of Ways To Tell You The Sooners Have Lost Another

Oklahoma State football: Ryan Robinson is capable of many more highlight plays - OklahomanPlayer - Crimson And Cream Machine

Reports: David Ash Named Starting Quarterback - Burnt Orange Nation

Spanning the Big 12: Five questions with Fort Worth Star-Telegram beat writer Stefan Stevenson - Oklahoman
TCU preview

Improved defense, Stephens' return key for Texas Tech - Dallas-Fort Worth Star Telegram


What's On Tap:

Get Your Tickets For Bob Huggins 2nd Annual Fish Fry With Special Guest Jerry West - WVU Pros
Info to get tickets for Bob Huggins second annual Fish Fry with special guest Jerry West.


Video of Interest:



Video of (Dis)Interest:



Hump Day Video of the Week:



Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a Polish VS Angel. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Magdalena Frackowiak (the gallery is better than the video, I promise).


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