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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Monday (8/24/09) Edition

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Welcome By-Godders to the Monday edition of The Shotgun/Throwdown, brought to you today by Foster's.

Today marks the start of classes at WVU and we're less than two weeks away from kickoff. Send in your tips and get...well, you don't get anything other than pride in helping your friendly neighborhood bloggers. On with the show (sorry for the delay, lots to go through from over the weekend...and the boss was lurking):

What you may have missed:

Final "Camp" Scrimmage recap - MSNsportsNET.Com
Big news (but no big surprise) is Geno named #2 QB.

Stew's Views: Day 14 -
Coach's views on the end of pre-classes camp.

Photo Gallery: Fall Football Camp XIV -
Kirlav just looks awesome!

NCAA College Football Polls - ESPN
Not surprising, but the Big East is shut out...for the moment.

Sights and sounds from Fan Day, yesterday.

Revealed: The voters who dissed the Gators |
PPG writer? Never...

Notes from weekend Big East scrimmages - Big East - ESPN
Bennett gives some notes from around the league.

Lean on Me - Los Angeles Times
Is there a more fun coach to play for than Pete Carroll?

Team-Color Bud Cans Leave Colleges Flat -
Colleges are up in arms over a new Anheuser-Busch marketing campaign that features beer cans emblazoned with local school's team colors. Anybody know if they have the blue and gold versions in Motown?

News of Note:

Mountaineers’ O-line far from finished product - The Times West Virginian
Hertzel weighs in.

Preseason scrimmages would benefit teams - The Times West Virginian
Grand-daddy of all WVU beat writers, Mickey F.

West Virginia: Tight end Urban expects air time - PPG

To the patient come the passes. Or so that will be the case -- if you believe the talk -- this season for West Virginia sophomore tight end Tyler Urban.

Smith fitting in to new surroundings - The Charleston Gazette
Another profile on the freshman.

A Whole New Ballgame - MSNsportsNET.Com
And another.

Center of Attention - MSNsportsNET.Com
Profile on center Joey Madsen.

All out, all the time - The Charleston Gazette
Alric Arnett is profiled.

From red and black to gold and blue - Ripley, WV - Jackson Newspapers
A walk-on is profiled.

Mullen says WVU offense is ahead of schedule - The Charleston Gazette
T-1000 seems pleased, for now.

Casazza's Notebook - Charleston Daily Mail

Josh Taylor impresses Mountaineer coaches for a backup job - Charleston Daily Mail

"Taylor's a solid No. 2 behind Neild," Kirelawich said. "He's a hard worker with tremendous attitude, talented and very capable of doing the job. I have complete confidence in him and no qualms about playing him. "He has worked hard, made sacrifices and is a success story about what is good about the game of football. He has a chance to be a good one."

That's HIGH praise from Kirlav!!!

WVU notebook: True freshman Smith wraps up No. 2 QB - The Charleston Gazette
Hickman's notebook.

Mountaineers turn focus to correcting mental mistakes - The Charleston Gazette

Take two: predicting WVU's season - The Charleston Gazette
Vingle takes a stab.

WVU Commit Still Weighing Options -
WVU recruit Davion Rogers is still considering all options.

WVU Still No. 1 For Florida Teammates -
Glades Central (Fla.) standouts Travis Bell and Antwon Chisholm have made no secret of the fact that West Virginia is their top choice of schools. - The independent West Virginia sports site and now an affiliate of ESPN!

Anybody else see the irony/oxymoron of that statement?

Villains add spice to college football - ESPN
I wasn't going to link to this simply because of #28 and the whole letting go thing, but I got a request via the tipline. Some interesting choices and the reasoning in there though. Tip via RichRN.

Worth the Wait, Steve Slaton Is Offensive Force Texans Wanted -- NFL FanHouse
Nice write-up on Slaton.

What's on tap:

WVU Fall Fest 2009
...if you're in Motown(wanking motion). Bring back the Block Party.

And hurry up football season.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Anybody who had this game back in the day knows how sick he was in this game:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown hails from Australia and her name is Emily Scott. So, crack open a Foster's and raise it to Miss Scott (and try not to gag drinking that oil). UPDATED WITH VIDEO.

And here's a gallery of rugby cheerleaders, just because I care: