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The Shotgun/Throwdown: WVU Football Spring Drills Kickoff (3/30/11) Edition

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After the long winter workouts, the WVU football team finally gets to take the field once again for the spring session of drills. Fifteen practices and an intra-squad game/scrimmage (which, I believe, counts as one of the practice sessions) is all we get this spring. New Offensive Coordinator Dana Holgorsen vows the entire offense will be installed in only 3 days. Sounds like a tall order, but his track record backs him up. Based on the released injury updates, it does seem that Geno will be a full go for the drills. The sounds of pads and helmets cracking is back!!

What You May Have Missed:

Sports Training And SAT Prep - 4th and 1 Football Camp
4th and 1 is a free football camp for high school students from underrepresented groups. It is the only football camp in North America to balance sports training with SAT prep and diagnostics, professional development, creative workshops and life skills classes. - This is a camp that new WVU Assistant Daron Roberts founded and runs. Includes a video to get to know the guy a little better.

Former WVU Defensive Back Brandon Hogan's NFL Draft Profile -

Former WVU Nose Tackle Chris Neild's NFL Draft Profile -

Former WVU RB Noel Devine's NFL Draft Profile -

Carey excited for new era next year - Daily Athenaeum

SI's Luke Winn had this picture from 1960 in his most recent NCAA Tournament Style Guide:


News of Note:

WVU set to begin spring practice - Register-Herald

Spring Ball? Count Me In - MSNsportsNET.Com
Tony's Take

Hype's on offense, but onus is on WVU 'D' - Charleston Gazette

Concerns spring eternal as WVU opens football practice - Charleston Daily Mail

10 burning questions this spring - Daily Athenaeum
No arguing with #1

Geno Smith Ready For Spring Practice - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Spring football injury report

Bill Stewart talks Geno Smith's availability - Big East Blog - ESPN

Smith is healthy for spring practice for first time in WVU career - Daily Athenaeum

Spring Position Changes For WVU - WVMETRONEWS.COM

New coach wants line ‘mean, nasty’ - Times West Virginian
As do virtually all of the fan base.

Nutter stoic about WVU’s coaching moves - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Most of the players seem to be taking the changes in stride

Around the League (and Beyond):

As Huskies rise, Lamb emerges as UConn's future - The UConn Blog

Shedrick Haynes To Transfer From USF Basketball - Voodoo Five

UCF Declines DaMarcus Smith's Request for LOI Release - Card Chronicle

2011 spring practice: previewing the Rutgers defense/special teams - On the Banks

Collaros moves on from 2010 - Cincinnati Enquirer

Syracuse University head coach Doug Marrone says players need to stop making same mistakes - Post Standard

Pitt Football: More Position Changes At Spring Practice - Cardiac Hill

Fiesta Bowl scandal results in John Junker firing, BCS fallout -
BCS is also evaluating whether or not to keep the Fiesta Bowl as part of its lineup

What's On Tap:

Spring Football is HERE!!!

Video of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

This is funny as hell....and we love Kaley.

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is the sexy Australia star of TV's Chuck. Here's a lovely gallery of Yvonne Strahovski (click on the picture).

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