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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Friday (4/22/11) Edition

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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 Gouden Carolus Easter Beer.

Spring practice closes out this week with another scrimmage today. In the meantime, we have several player features and a great article on new outside receivers/return game coach Daron Roberts. Everyone is talking about KJ and his decision to undergo the pre-draft process and whether or not it's the right thing for him. But, perhaps the biggest news is the football season opener (against that other school) has officially gotten a date change to Sunday at 3:30 on ESPN. Change is certainly afoot. Have a great Easter weekend everyone!!

What You May Have Missed:

Friends Of Coal Bowl To Be Moved To Sunday - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Seriously?!?! WTF?!?!?!? I guess it's ESPN's world and we just live in it

Positive first impressions important - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Huggs-ism alert - "Holgorsen's first time here, he gets a standing ovation," said Huggins. "My first time, I have some lady in the back asking me if I was going to recruit the same kind of criminals that I recruited when I was at Cincinnati."

Big Events Planned Around WVU Spring Football Game -
The Athletic Dept. is certainly trying to make the annual event more attractive

Rosters Set For Old Timers Game - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Lots of very familiar names dot these rosters

K.J.'s choice, Big East expansion, grazing sheep - Charleston Gazette
Vingle's Notebook

HERTZEL COLUMN: Jones needs another year at West Virginia - Times West Virginian
Perhaps, but there's nothing wrong with working out and getting evaluations and feedback by those who will be making NBA draft decisions

Kevin Jones is Making the Right Decision -
And here's Grayson's counter-point to Bob's opinion

News of Note:

Bruuuuuuce! - BGN
Irvin is ready to have another great year, but is quite aware that more attention will be paid to him by the opposing offenses

Francis has something to prove - Inter-Mountain
Learning the 3-3-5 isn't the easiest thing, but JC transfer Francis is up to the challenge...and is already challenging for a starting spot with the LB's

The Big East's 1,000-yard receivers in 2011 - Big East Blog - ESPN
Bennett likes a possibility of two (of three named in the post) WVU receivers to pull off the 1000 yd feat this coming season

DH is calling freshman Vernard Roberts the most improved RB

WVU football: Roberts wants returns to score - Charleston Daily Mail
"We're going to scheme up and draw up punt returns with the sole intent to get into the end zone." - I like love this guy's attitude

West Virginia to have different look on offensive line - PPG
With Braun and Barclay out with injuries this spring, the OL may look completely different in the fall. But the other guys are gaining valuable practice reps with the ones.

Spain Getting Reps - MSNsportsNET.Com
Said injuries are giving the big guy extra chances against Bruce...'"Going up against the best player in the nation (Irvin) means when he leaves I can block anybody," Spain reasoned.'

Around the League (and Beyond):

Rutgers exploring whether to sell beer at football games - Star Ledger
Copycat much?

Veteran offensive line looks to be strength of Syracuse University football team this season - Post Standard
They return four starters

Mike Mickens and other UC tidbits - Cincinnati Enquirer

As antitrust suit looms, time to call BCS' bluff about old bowl system - Andy Staples -
Andy likes the lawsuit

Hayes: BCS lawsuit is no winner - Sporting News
...but this guy thinks it's just a folly

Video of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Whether you like him or not (especially the Steelers fans among you), this is one hell of a motivational speech by Ray Lewis (complete with thunder in the background):

There's a reason I list sophomoric humor in the opening statement every day:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a gorgeous Nederlander and one of the Victoria's Secret Angels. Here's today's gallery (click on the pic) and video of the lovely Miss Doutzen Kroes.

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