The Shotgun/Throwdown: Tuesday (9/4/12) Edition

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Today we have some more reaction features to Saturday's game. Geno is garnering more and more attention, but Holgorsen says multiple players played the best games of their careers. It's the off week and the team has plenty to work on. And as we're waiting for the AP and Coach's polls to come out today, Pre-Snap read gave WVU a nice bump in their rankings. Plenty of Big 12 news and notes today as well to go through. All of this and more...

What You May Have Missed:

P.S.R. 1-124: Week 2 Re-Ranking - Pre-Snap Read
4 spot bump to #7

Big 12 Power Rankings: Week 2 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
Top spot

Player of the Week: West Virginia Mountaineers quarterback Geno Smith - ESPN
This space is reserved for the single best player in the Big 12 this week.

Superlatives, Week 1: In which you shall know Andre Ellington's velocity - Sunday Morning Quarterback
MUNITIONS - apt title, I believe

The Big Picture: Defense still rolling at Alabama - CBSSports.com
WVU gets some heavy mention in the "RANDOM STUFF" section

Tales from the Tailgates: WVU Air Raid Siren - WVillustrated
Used to signal the arrival of the West Virginia Football Team, the newly popular air raid siren has proved to be a very well received idea. Watch video of this unique form of introduction.


News of Note:

Mountaineers not satisfied after Coal Bowl blowout - Daily Athenaeum
"I’m pretty sure when teams challenge us a little more, it will be a little harder for us. But I think I did a good job of being patient and just staying within the game."

Many Worth Honoring - BGN
West Virginia’s coaches gave the team’s offensive player of the game honors to running back Shawne Alston after Saturday’s 69-34 win over Marshall. But coach Dana Holgorsen said Monday that the decision wasn’t easy, as a host of other players were deserving as well.

Film Review: Alston Racks Up Tough Yards - WVMETRONEWS.COM
While Geno Smith earned national player of the week honors for his play against Marshall, the West Virginia coaching staff awarded its weekly offensive MVP to running back Shawne Alston.

Harris: Smith opens Heisman candidacy - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
“Geno played his best game since I’ve been here,’’ Holgorsen said Monday.

Early off week not ideal for Holgorsen, Mountaineers - Charleston Daily Mail
West Virginia has the unusual occasion this week to wait seven days to play its next football game after waiting seven months to play the season opener.

Holgorsen dislikes timing of bye week - Register-Herald
While West Virginia University head football coach Dana Holgorsen admitted there’s still plenty of areas his team needs to improve after a season-opening 69-34 win over in-state foe Marshall, he wishes the work could come against somebody in a different color jersey.

Failure to finish irks WVU's Rigg - Charleston Gazette
"It won't happen again. It was a first-game thing

Some kinks to iron out - Charleston Gazette
Holgorsen says special-teams woes better addressed in game situations

Seeking Balance - WVUsports.com
Well, if last Saturday’s performance against Marshall is any indication of what’s to come, then West Virginia has discovered the answer to the 50-50 balance that all offensive coaches are striving for.

Fun With Numbers For WVU - WVillustrated
West Virginia University coaches and players said it would not happen every game. They said it was the result of good things happening on all sides of the ball.

Video: Wearing The Jersey - WVUsports.com
This week's Wearing the Jersey profiles senior center Joe Madsen, who coach Dana Holgorsen has called "one of the best centers" he has ever been around.


Around the League (and Beyond):

College football's 25 most influential people - Sporting News
Interesting list

Big 12 football: League unbeaten in opening week of season - Charleston Daily Mail
Casazza's Big 12 Notebook

Eavesdropping on Big 12 Coaches - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Labor Day Video: Baylor vs. SMU Highlights - Our Daily Bears

Football: Johnson looks like his old self - Ames Tribune

Kansas Vs. South Dakota State: Inside The Numbers - Rock Chalk Talk

Oklahoma Sooners' WR Jalen Saunders Denied Waiver - Crimson And Cream Machine

Don't Blame Gundy, Blame Savannah State - Cowboys Ride For Free

Cantele comes through when others can't - Manhattan Mercury

Texas Football 2012: Mack Brown Press Conference – Week 2 / New Mexico - Burnt Orange Nation

NEWS: TCU To Stream Grambling State Game Online - Frogs O' War

Five developments from Tech's win against Northwestern State - Lubbock Avalanche Journal


Video of Interest:

Dana Holgorsen's remarks on his Big 12 coaches' teleconference Monday morning



Video of (Dis)Interest:

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