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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Thursday (4/21/11) Edition

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Day #11 of spring drills has been completed and it's becoming more apparent that the loss of Chris Neild is not going to be an easy one to overcome, but WVU has a couple guys who are trying to live up to the challenge. Coach Kirlav chimes in on the nationwide trend of the lack of tackling skills in space. Any guesses if he's happy? And Coach Dawson lays it out: if WR's don't block, they don't play. On the basketball front, Huggs has a LOI from player #7 for this years class. Finally, in the "it's about time" news category, WVU will finally have a place honoring the late, great Jack Fleming.

What You May Have Missed:

Fleming Corner at Erickson Alumni Center - MSNsportsNET.Com
On April 29, his legacy will be celebrated with the unveiling of "Fleming Corner" at The Erickson Alumni Center. This special area includes memorabilia, walls decorated with some of Jack’s best play-by-plays, and a special bronze statue created by WVU alumnus Jamie Lester.

WVU Basketball's Future Takes Shape -

Dude has answers on beer, Brady, big guy - Charleston Gazette
This is the most clear cut POV of the Ackerman fiasco that I've read

Authentic Gear to Go on Sale - MSNsportsNET.Com
The football team is having a yard sale, essentially...albeit, an expensive one

News of Note:

Quick Hits: WVU Spring Practice Day 11 -
Coyle's Notebook

Kirlav: More Tackling - MSNsportsNET.Com
My favorite defensive coach isn't too pleased with the trend of tackling skills decreasing.

Wright solid candidate to replace Neild - Times West Virginian

Taylor, Wright carry burden of replacing Neild at nose guard - Daily Athenaeum
Losing Neild to graduation may prove to be the defense's biggest personel loss, both literally and figuratively.

Freshman DB Williams trying to earn playing time - Daily Athenaeum
Williams has all the tools, Lockwood said, but is currently in the process of putting everything together and learning the aspects of defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel's 3-3-5 defense.

Yes, the receivers will receive in the new offense, but they must also block like they were asked to in the RR offense.

WVU football: Dynamic duo for Mountaineers - Charleston Daily Mail
Ivan McCartney already has figured out his partnership with Tavon Austin. He's even put a label on the collaboration between the two West Virginia football receivers. "I'm Batman. He's Robin," McCartney said. "We've worked that out."

Any room for a fullback? - Charleston Gazette
Lindamood not worried about his role in Mountaineers' new offense - nor should he be, if he's effective, DH will find a way to use him

Football: Select Player Quotes 4/20/11 - MSNsportsNET.Com

Wide Receiver Stedman Bailey - Mountaineer TV
Outside receiver Stedman Bailey talks about all of the possibilities Dana Holgorsen's offense presents.

Defensive End Bruce Irvin - Mountaineers TV
Bruce Irvin talks about turning into an every-down player.

Defensive Lineman Josh Taylor - Mountaineer TV
Josh Taylor talks about his role on defense.

VIDEO: WVU Spring Practice Day 11 Interviews -
Bruce, Julian, Pat Miller, Josh Francis, Stedman Bailey, Brantwon Bowser, Jorge Wright and Josh Taylor


Huggins Signs Recruit No. 7 - MSNsportsNET.Com
Gary Browne, a 6-foot-1, 180-pound guard, from Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico

Around the League (and Beyond):

Will Jim Calhoun retire? The reasons to stay - The UConn Blog
Here's the counterpoint to yesterday's post

Chase Griffiths To Transfer From USF - Voodoo Five

Syracuse hopes to handle new expectations - Big East Blog - ESPN

Always on the move, Caleb Ruch still sliding along the Rutgers offensive line - Star Ledger

College Football Mailbag - Stewart Mandel -

Videos of Interest:

The more I hear Dawson speak, the more I like him.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

This starts kinda slow, but really picks up at the 1 minute mark:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is Swedish lingerie model, Johanna Lundbeck. Her gallery awaits you via the linked picture.


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