Mountaineer Morning Links: Thursday (4/24/14) Edition

Baseball continues hot offense against Marshall, football depth chart analysis & player features, WVU Pros updates, Big 12 roundup & more.

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Thursday, April 24 - WV MetroNews
Randy Mazey talks about leadership carrying WVU to its third consecutive victory. We also hear from WVU running backs coach JaJuan Seider as he reviews his group of players following the 2014 spring season.

Rifle Team Makes Capitol Visit - WVU Athletics
The WVU rifle team met with West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin.

Furfari: Gardner improving with broken neck - Register-Herald
Joedy Gardner, a well-known former West Virginia basketball player and coach, is much improved after having broken his neck in Phoenix, Ariz., several months ago.

News of Note:

Baseball

Clutch Hitting Leads WVU Over Marshall - WVU Athletics
The Mountaineers improved to 21-16 on the season, while the Thundering Herd fell to 18-21.

Early runs lead WVU to win against Marshall - Charleston Daily Mail
West Virginia’s baseball team is using the first third of its games to make the most of the final third of the season.

Mazey sees ‘supreme confidence’ as WVU routs Marshall 10-3 - WV MetroNews
The Mountaineers keep swinging lively bats to win for fifth time in six games.[includes gallery]

O’Brien leads WVU baseball past Marshall - Times West Virginian
Catcher Cam O’Brien made a bid at becoming only the second West Virginia University player to hit for the cycle as the Mountaineers jumped on Marshall early and routed their in-state rival, 10-3, behind strong pitching from Corey Walter and a pair of relievers.

Randy Mazey: Marshall Post-game - YouTube
Randy Mazey's comments after WVU defeated Marshall, Wednesday evening at Hawley Field, by a score of 10-3.

Corey Walter and Cam O'Brien: Marshall Post-game - YouTube
Starting pitcher Corey Walter tallied four strikeouts and catcher Cameron O'Brien finished a home run away from the cycle in tonight's 10-3 win over Marshall.

Top-Notch College Baseball in Morgantown - WVU Athletics
College baseball around here isn’t what it used to be, if you haven’t already noticed.

Offensive Emergence - BGN
A new offensive threat is emerging as West Virginia hits the stretch drive of the season.

Football

Trickett remains as West Virginia's No. 1 QB - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Holgorsen, the Mountaineers’ fourth-year coach, released his post-spring depth chart Wednesday and it listed Trickett, who started seven games in 2013 but missed spring drills due to offseason shoulder surgery, at No. 1.

Hickman: Trickett still best bet at QB - Charleston Gazette
Not that that’s a surprise, mind you. Short of some sort of spectacular spring-long performance by one of the others, Clint Trickett was always the leader in the clubhouse, even if he never left the clubhouse.

WVU quarterback search continues - Daily Athenaeum
For a second straight offseason, the West Virginia football team will head into the summer months without a clear-cut starter at quarterback.

Running backs: Is WVU’s the best unit in the Big 12? - WV MetroNews
Yes, WVU lost an NFL back in Charles Sims, but JaJuan Seider contends there's more NFL talent in his running backs room.

Lambert ready for strong 2014 - Daily Athenaeum
In the annual Gold-Blue Spring Game, West Virginia redshirt sophomore kicker Josh Lambert made his presence known.

Instant Analysis: Depth Chart - EerSports
Now that West Virginia has released their post-spring depth chart, EerSports breaks down each position and talks about what exactly caught our eye, and what it could mean for the future.

WVU post-spring depth chart filled with few surprises - Register-Herald
Although the contents brought about as much of a surprise as a over the hill balloon at a 40th birthday party, there were a few interesting nuggets in the post-spring depth chart that West Virginia University sent out Wednesday morning.

Former WVU linebacker Rigg shares Pell Grant story - Daily Athenaeum
Rigg, responsible for the forced fumble leading to Darwin Cook’s 99-yard momentum swinging touchdown return in the 2012 Discover Orange Bowl, is a bigger star in the classroom. Both on and off the field, he represents the West Virginia program well.

Pro News:

Josh Jenkins in camp with the Detroit Lions - WVU Pros
One year after graduating from WVU, Josh Jenkins has another chance of living out his dream of playing in the NFL.

Where Are They Now Wednesday: Grant Wiley - WVU Pros
Grant Wiley graduated from WVU as it's all-time leading tackler in 2003 -- a record that no one has since come close to touching. Where is he now?

Around the League (and Beyond):

Art Briles of Baylor Bears unfazed by Steve Edmond's 'trash' talk - ESPN

Cyclones Hold Off On Announcing Top QBs - AllCyclones.com

Weis: Reveal of KU's starting QB all about timing - Lawrence Journal World

K-State's Dowling pushing for starting role - Topeka Capital Journal

Oklahoma football: Bob Stoops talks Reed Case, Baker Mayfield and the College Football Playoff - Oklahoman (autoplay)

OSU Football: QB Competition Still On? - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Longhorns coach Charlie Strong's statewide tour going well but he's just a little too honest - Dallas Morning News

Brandon Carter Arrested for Possession of Marijuana - Frogs O' War

Kliff Kingsbury on Gregg Popovich & The System - Viva The Matadors

College Football Mailbag - Stewart Mandel - SI.com

Video of Interest:

Highlights from WVU's 10-3 victory over Marshall, Wednesday night at Hawley Field.

Video of (Dis)Interest:


Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown was born in Germany, but raised in Jamaica. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Melanie Ribbe.


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