The Shotgun/Throwdown: Thursday (9/6/12) Edition

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Today we have more news and notes, including several player features and more on "That sucks, man." We also have a couple of more opinions on where Geno stands in the Heisman race, including a different take on the race by Bill C. at the mothership. Caleb has a couple of updates for us and we also have the usual Big 12 roundup. All of this and more...

What You May Have Missed:

The quintessential press conference moment - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
More on "That sucks, man." Don't think this won't get rehashed on this blog ad hoc infinitum.

2012 Heisman Horse Race, Week 1: Geno Smith, Le'Veon Bell Win The Intro - SBNation.com
In Week 1 of the Heisman Horse Race, the big points go to Geno Smith, LeVeon Bell and Marqise Lee.

P.S.R. Heisman Watch: Week 2 - Pre-Snap Read
Geno is listed 5th here

2013 NFL Draft Scouting Notes: West Virginia vs. Marshall - NEPatriotsDraft.com
Unbiased report on the pro futures of several Mountaineers

Big 12 Had Presence At WVU Season Opener - WVillustrated
Big 12 Associate Commissioner of Football Ed Stewart attended the Friends of Coal Bowl

Steve Slaton's Labor Day Weekend Revisited - WVU Pros
We set the record straight about Steve Slaton's release from Miami.

John Flowers Gets His Career Started In France - WVU Pros
Spent playing last year in Japan, Mountaineer favorite John Flowers got a new start with a new team in France.


News of Note:

Imperfect Geno makes good use of his options - Charleston Gazette
Even Jake Spavital, whose charge it is to make Geno Smith a better quarterback day in and day out, had to admit that the glaring weaknesses in his game have dwindled considerably.

Pass-Happy Smith Has Wheels to Match - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Smith's 28-yard touchdown run after a busted handoff against Marshall showed the quarterback at his galloping best

Mike Casazza: Patience needed for WVU defense - Charleston Daily Mail
Marshall gained 178 of its 545 yards and two of its four touchdowns in the fourth quarter.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Experience should fix early miscues - Times West Virginian
Coaches make bad calls all the time. The problem wasn’t really with the call, but the reason behind it, which showed inexperience and youth.

WVU linebacker makes most of opportunity - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
There’s a logjam among West Virginia’s inside linebackers, with six players competing for two starting positions.

WVU linebacker’s dazzling debut surprising - Register-Herald
But it was surprising to me, and probably numerous others, that WVU linebacker Isaiah Bruce was chosen Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week.

Bye week won’t hurt WVU’s momentum - Daily Athenaeum
Fortunately for the Mountaineers, this week’s bye is a perfect opportunity for Holgorsen and his coaches to continue to evaluate all the fine points of Saturday’s game through film and for the team to hammer out any changes they need to in practice.

Assistant coaches pleased with balance, playmakers - Daily Athenaeum
For only the second time in school history, the Mountaineers’ offense gained more than 300 yards passing and rushing in Saturday’s 69-34 defeat of Marshall.


Around the League (and Beyond):

The Big 12 Primer: Week 2 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Big 12 Week 2 Preview - WVillustrated

9.5.12 Afternoon Notes (all sports) - Our Daily Bears

ISU-Iowa to be trench warfare - Ames Tribune

Kansas Football Press Conference Snap Shots: Week Two - Rock Chalk Talk

Sooners Defensive Tackle, Casey Walker, To Return Monday - Crimson And Cream Machine

Tremaine Thompson becomes a difference-maker for Kansas State - Kansas City Star

Oklahoma State football: Corey Bennett gets his 'SportsCenter' moment - Oklahoman

Putting Out An APB For Marquise Goodwin - Burnt Orange Nation

Inside the Numbers: TCU vs Grambling - Frogs O' War

Point of Attack | Texas St. vs. Texas Tech - Double-T Nation

College Football Mailbag - Stewart Mandel - SI.com

The Tailgate: A Graphical Preview of Texas A&M vs. Florida - Good Bull Hunting
The graphics on this page are unbelievable....anyone here have insight on creating such things?


What's On Tap:

Thursday Night Tilt - WVUsports.com
The West Virginia women’s soccer team returns to action this week with a home match against Duquesne on Thursday, Sept. 6. Kickoff at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium is schedule for 7 p.m.

No. 22 WVU Travels to Penn State - WVUsports.com
The No. 22 West Virginia men’s soccer team will travel to Penn State for a non-conference match on Thursday, Sept. 6, at Jeffrey Field. The match will start at 7 p.m.


Video of Interest:

MSN's Tony Caridi sat down with West Virginia University football head coach Dana Holgorsen to discuss the Marshall game and what the Mountaineers will be doing during their bye week.



Video of (Dis)Interest:



Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is yet another Brazilian beauty. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Aryane Steinkopf.


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