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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Monday (4/18/11) Edition

Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown, WVU's nationally recognized best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions. We're being brought to you today by Almus, in honor of today's Miss Throwdown.

Things are getting back to normal here at the S/T. WVU completed week 3 of spring drills with an officiated scrimmage on Saturday. The defense wasn't quite ready for the three-back look that was given to them on a day with weather not so conducive to passing the ball. The big news of the day is the announcement of Jeff Casteel signing a 3 year contract extension to stay the DC at WVU with a nice raise. Also, @JFlow41 was named the basketball team MVP for this past season over the weekend. Let's get to it...

What You May Have Missed:

WVU football: Casteel has new deal, new lineup - Charleston Daily Mail
WVU's Jeff Casteel agreed to a three-year contract with the Mountaineers worth $400,000 annually remain the team's defensive coordinator.

Saturday Scrimmage Recap - MSNsportsNET.Com

Scrimmage Recap - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Article, video and gallery

Stew's Review - MSNsportsNET.Com
Video of HCBS's post-scrimmage interview

WVU scrimmage hit hard by wind, rain - Times West Virginian

Variety rules in WVU's first spring scrimmage - Charleston Gazette

Quick Hits: News and Notes from WVU's First Scrimmage -
Coyle's Notebook

Series of Rule Changes Approved for College Football -
Can't say I disagree with any of these

Flowers Named MVP - MSNsportsNET.Com
Congratulations, JFlow!!

News of Note:

WVU Coaches and Players Gaining Familiarity with Each Other -

West Virginia still learning new offense - PPG

WVU football: Players say new offense 'easy to learn' - Charleston Daily Mail

Unorthodox WVU Offense Presents Problems for Defenders -

Run game brightens rainy day - Daily Athenaeum
"They ran the ball more than we expected," said WVU linebacker Najee Goode. "(The defense) started off good, but we fell off toward the end."

Three Back Set Drives WVU Defense Crazy -

WVU offense shows promise in scrimmage - The Daily Athenaeum - Sports
If there was ever a day to show off West Virginia's new offense, Saturday was not it. The sky opened up, and rain poured down on Morgantown and Milan Puskar Stadium as the team started its first spring scrimmage with its new offense.

Offensive Line Hopes to Find Consistency for Mountaineers -

New WVU system is Smith's to orchestrate - Charleston Gazette

The Gillespie Connection - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Additional Role - BGN
More pass protection is being asked of the RB's now...thankfully

Ryan Clarke Tries to Hold onto Ball for WVU -
DH already went on record saying if he keeps dropping it, he won't play

McCartney inspired by late brother - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

Receiver McCartney on his way to reaching potential - Register-Herald
“Ivan (McCartney) is tough,” Williams said. “I feel like I’m getting better after I face guys like him. I’m not knocking any of the receivers, they’re all very good, but Ivan is fantastic."

Bitancurt stronger, ready to bounce back - Charleston Gazette

The Players' Take - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Players opinions after practice #8

WVU Cornerback Avery Williams Adjusting to College Level -

Cornerback Avery Williams - Mountaineer TV
Freshman cornerback Avery Williams talks about what he's learning from secondary coach David Lockwood.

Urban Continues to Progress for WVU -

Inside Receiver Tyler Urban - Mountaineer TV
Tyler Urban talks about Saturday afternoon's scrimmage.

Defensive Back Keith Tandy - Mountaineer TV
Keith Tandy talks about Saturday afternoon's scrimmage, and what the defense needs to improve on.

VIDEO: Spring Practice Day Nine (Scrimmage) Interviews -
HCBS, the Tandy, Goode, Geno, and Urban


Peterson emerges at Passing Camp - BGN
Includes video of the WR

Report: Murray Down To WVU And Kansas - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Please, let us not finish 2nd in this race...again

Around the League (and Beyond):

Villanova's March Football Pitch To Big East Didn't Go Well - The Nova Blog

Louisville Spring Game Recap - Card Chronicle

UC defense shows positive signs in spring game - Cincinnati Enquirer
...or did the offense suck?

USF Football Depth Chart: Your New Starting Flanker Is... Terrence Mitchell? - Voodoo Five

2011 Pitt Football Spring Game Recap: Blue Romps Gold, 48-13 - Cardiac Hill

Some thoughts on the Spring Game that I didn't watch because UConn is not good at letting fans see things - The UConn Blog
to quote Shawn Courchesne: "By my count, really, I counted, there's about 780 people at the UConn Blue-White spring scrimmage at Rentschler Field."

Syracuse Spring Football: The Spring Game - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

Rutgers' Scott Vallone, Jordan Thomas suffer serious injuries in scrimmage - Star Ledger

At Oklahoma State, the student became the teacher this spring -
QB Brandon Weeden has been teaching offense to new hire Todd Monken

Videos of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is the gorgeous Bulgarian, Silvia Dimitrova. Click on her picture to get to today's gallery.

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