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With a couple days since the last edition and practices being held over the weekend, we have plenty to get through today (I don't mean to overwhelm you with links, but try to make as many available as possible for you to choose from if the same thing is covered). There are several player features and interviews to go along with assistant coaches interviews. WVi caught up with KJ and Da`Sean at Da's camp he conducted, plus, we get an update on Bruce from WVUPros. Also, football secured another commitment and your daily Big12 roundup is here. All of this and more...
Congratulations to WVU Industrial Engineering grad Nicco Campriani on his Olympic Gold Medal!!!
What You May Have Missed:
G&BN: Energy, Pads And Holgorsen - WVMETRONEWS.COM
the Mountaineers have their second practice in pads and the players have high praise for head coach Dana Holgorsen.
WVU football: Big 12 newcomers seek answers - Charleston Daily Mail
Holgorsen, who turned 41 over the summer, has plenty discern as he stares down the musket of one of the most difficult regular-season schedules in the program's history.
HERTZEL COLUMN: WVU’s Dunlap says the game has changed - Times West Virginian
How different are things today than they were when he played on Bobby Bowden’s final team at West Virginia, going 9-3 and beating North Carolina State in the 1975 Peach Bowl?
Video: Kevin Jones Talks About NBA Future - WVillustrated
While making a stop at Da'Sean Butler's Basketball Camp in Morgantown, we got the chance to talk to recent WVU Basketball star Kevin Jones.
Video: Da'Sean Butler Update from Elite Camp - WVillustrated
We make a stop at Da'Sean Butler's Basketball Camp in Morgantown to catch up with the former Mountaineer Basketball standout.
Bruce Irvin Dominates Seahawks Scrimmage - WVU Pros
The Seahawks had a scrimmage on Sunday, and Bruce Irvin was one of the highlight players.
WVU Grad Nicco Campriani Wins Olympics Gold - WVillustrated
Congratulations to another WVUIE!!!!
News of Note:
Video: Buck-ing Conventional Wisdom - BGN
Keith Patterson talks about the imperative of establishing a run-stopping defense in what is assumed a pass-first Big 12.
A season of change for the Mountaineers defense - Register-Herald
With the Mountaineers entering a new league, the Big 12, and a new style of football, Holgorsen decided it was the perfect time to put his own stamp on the WVU defense.
Defense to play key role in WVU’s season - Bluefield Daily Telegraph
Defensive coordinator Joe DeForest, who came to West Virginia from Oklahoma State after Casteel left, has been pleased with the results from spring drills to now, with just 26 days before the season begins.
HERTZEL COLUMN: DeForest feels defense needs to take chances - Times West Virginian
“Basically, the offense just borrows the football from us and we try to get it back from them,” he said, discussing a defensive philosophy that features a never-ending effort to get turnovers.
Teaching Methods - BGN
On one side of the end zone, defensive ends and bucks put in work with a bit more emphasis on agility, while on the other side, nose and defensive tackles labor concentrate a bit more on power moves.
WVU Football Interviews with Assistant Coaches - WVillustrated
Coaches Roberts, Patterson, Gillespie, Dunlap
More Interviews with WVU Football Assistants - WVillustrated
Coaches Dawson, DeForest, Spavital and Bedenbaugh
Football: Assistant Coach Quotes - WVUsports.com
DeForest, Patterson, Gillespie and Dawson
After fun summer, Smith ready to go to work - Charleston Gazette
This summer, he said, was no more fun than those in the past.
It's time to get nasty - Charleston Gazette
Offensive line coach wants Mountaineers to embrace physical style of play
HERTZEL COLUMN: Feigt keeps up fight for spot on WVU line - Times West Virginian
Germany’s gift to West Virginia football, a player who wound up starting the final regular-season game over Eger, a move that shook Eger’s foundation so badly that he wound up winning his job back and having a huge game in the Orange Bowl.
New Season, New Position for Shaq Petteway - WVillustrated
Sophomore linebacker moves inside in an effort to get more playing time in his second year with WVU.
Finding a way to play Petteway - Charleston Gazette
Linebacker-turned-safety is back in the middle of things
Make Way For Petteway - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Feature and video interview
A New Beginning - WVUsports.com
Josh Francis could be one of West Virginia's big playmakers on defense this fall.
Josh Francis - Mountaineer TV
LB Josh Francis talks about playing in West Virginia's new 3-4 scheme.
WVU Punter Corey Smith Changing His Approach Mentally and Physic - WVillustrated
Smith is doing things differently this year than he did in the past, thanks to a new face.
Starting RB will be camp's biggest battle - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
In all, running backs coach Robert Gillespie said the staff doesn't plan on getting caught up in who will start and who won't.
Ground and pound - Times West Virginian
WVU football squad is stacked at the running back position
Running back an intriguing position for Mountaineers - Register-Herald
Who will start for the Mountaineers is a question that has popped up on message boards, sports talk shows and in 2012 college football preview magazines, and it’s a logical inquiry.
Long Road Back - WVUsports.com
Dustin Garrison was the team's leading rusher in 2011 with 742 yards on the ground as a freshman.
Garrison healthy, hits ground running - Times West Virginian
In Garrison’s case, the day after surgery was probably the lowest point he’d ever felt
Dustin Garrison Makes Satisfying Return to Field - WVillustrated
Sophomore rusher back to practice and in high spirits after months of rehab to repair damaged knee.
Dustin Garrison - Mountaineer TV
RB Dustin Garrison talks about his long rehab and finally getting back out on the field last Thursday.
Shawne Alston - Mountaineer TV
RB Shawne Alston talks about adapting to Dana Holgorsen's offense.
Buie changing approach - Charleston Gazette
Sophomore RB bulking up, working on becoming a smarter runner
WVU football: Campbell making a move - Charleston Daily Mail
he's now the backup at the Y position inside.
McCartney’s future status uncertain at WVU - Times West Virginian
Because he has been consistently inconsistent in football and the classroom, West Virginia University wide receiver Ivan McCartney’s place on this season’s team is in jeopardy.
Video: WVU Football Interviews 8/3 - BGN
Garrison, Madsen and Avery Williams
WVU Football Interviews Following Day 1 of Training Camp - WVillustrated
Petteway, Will Clarke, Alston, Corey Smith, Brodrick Jenkins, Buie
Football: Player Quotes - WVUsports.com
Will Clarke, Francis, Alston, Bailey and Josh Jenkins
Devine Helps Deliver WVU Commit No. 12 - WVillustrated
Mountaineers pick up a commitment from Florida receiver Jacky Marcellus on Friday.
Early Riser - BGN
When Jerrod Ackley took over the Immokalee High School football program three years ago, it didn't take him long to realize the talent level of Jacky Marcellus.
Around the League (and Beyond):
2012 Oklahoma State Preview - Cowboys Ride For Free
Oklahoma State is 12th in SB Nation Studio's College Football Countdown.
No. 32: Oklahoma State - Pre-Snap Read
Countdown continues with a stark contrast to the SB Nation ranking
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