Mountaineer Morning Links: Monday (4/22/13) Edition

We own Texas in 2012-2013, spring football recaps, pre-draft news, football recruiting news, Big 12 roundup & more

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Monday, April 22 - WV MetroNews
In today’s edition, Dana Holgorsen shares his thoughts on the spring game as well as Paul Millard and Keith Patterson.

Raese won’t rebid, wants IMG disqualified - WV MetroNews
West Virginia Radio Corp. owner says other original bids should be re-evaluated.

WVU Picks Up Series Win at Texas - WVU Athletics
The win gave WVU a 2-1 series win and improves WVU’s overall record to 23-18 (6-6 Big 12).

Volleyball Finishes Spring on Winning Streak - WVU Athletics
WVU concludes its 2013 spring season with two wins.

WVU fullback Alston following an unusual path - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
He has a backup plan: law school.

PHOTOS: Mountaineer Gear Sale - WVillustrated
In case you didn't make it to the 2013 Mountaineer Gear Sale, check out photos from the event which took place yesterday at the Caperton Indoor Practice Facility.


Pre-Draft News:

2013 NFL Mock Draft 6.0 - Don Banks - SI.com
11 & 16

Criticisms aside, Smith has plenty of upside - Charleston Daily Mail
This is the week Geno Smith becomes the first West Virginia University quarterback drafted in the first round by a National Football League franchise.

2013 NFL Draft: Rams in West Virginia to Work Out WRs Austin, Bailey - Turf Show Times
The Rams navigated the burning couches surrounding West Virginia University to work out speedy wide receivers Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey.

WVSports.com - Tavon Austin and Geno Smith
NFL Draft video vignettes

NFL Hot Button Topic of the week - NFL - ESPN
Tavon Austin vs. Montee Ball

NFL Hot Button: 2013 Offensive ROY - ESPN Video - ESPN
ESPN Video: Todd McShay and Mel Kiper debate about which player they believe will be named the Offensive Rookie of the Year.

Wonderlic Test Draft Impact - ESPN Video - ESPN
ESPN Video: Ron Jaworski, Mel Kiper Jr. and Bill Polian weigh in on how the Wonderlic test should impact the NFL draft.


News of Note:

Mountaineers offense starting to pick up pieces - Charleston Daily Mail
"We'll have guys that can make plays," Coach Dana Holgorsen said. "I'm very confident in that. Each and every year we've lost great players, the initial reaction is, 'How are we going to score points?' Other guys step up. We have guys who are going to step up a whole bunch."

Holgorsen downplays attendance - Times West Virginian
an estimated 8,000 fans

'Greatest spring player of all times' - Charleston Gazette
Thompson shines in Gold-Blue scrimmage, Holgorsen wants to see it in game

Leaders Have Emerged Throughout WVU Defense - WVillustrated
Defensive leadership was lacking a year ago. That appears to have already changed this spring.

WVU’s defense showing improvements - Times West Virginian
Better. That’s about all you can conclude about West Virginia’s defensive unit after Saturday’s spring game.

Saturday Was a Big Day for Arlia - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
Weirton native Connor Arlia caught four passes for 39 yards in Saturday's Gold-Blue game.

WVU walk-on Arlia making a name for himself - Register-Herald
WVU wide receiver Connor Arlia, left, is presented with the Tommy Nickolich Memorial Award by head coach Dana Holgorsen prior to kickoff of Saturday’s Gold-Blue Spring Game

Gold/Blue Scrimmage - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Molinari looks to become Mountaineers’ top punter


Recruiting:

Four-Star QB Commits to WVU for 2014 - WVillustrated
Mountaineers secure one of top prospects at quarterback position ahead of spring game weekend.

JUCO CB could be late addition - WVSports.com
Monroe J.C. (N.Y.) cornerback Jordan Ford was one of the visitors at the Gold-Blue game Saturday and the junior college prospect felt at home on campus.


Around the League (and Beyond):

It Is What It Is " NFL Draft’s Potential Patriots: Baylor WR Terrance Williams - WEEI.com

Deep and capable backfield on display for ISU at spring game - Ames Tribune

KU baseball clinches series at Texas Tech - Lawrence Journal World

Sams wants to be a better leader - Manhattan Mercury

Oklahoma Sooner Football Position Battles Head Into The Summer - Crimson And Cream Machine

Cowboys' defense shows a lot of promise - Oklahoman (autoplay video)

'Horns make more moves on personnel staff - Burnt Orange Nation

Frogs Take The Series: TCU 5, Baylor 4 - Frogs O' War

Defense curtails offense in Texas Tech spring game - Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

Air Raid Playbook: Four Verts - CougCenter
Understanding the mother of all Air Raid plays.


Video of Interest:

Comments from offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson, offensive line coach Ron Crook, and players Dustin Garrison and Darwin Cook.


Video of (Dis)Interest:



Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a Las Vegas smoke show. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Rachelle Ryerson.


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