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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Monday (4/25/11) 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 Zolotaya Botchka, in honor of today's Miss Throwdown.

WVU had another officiated scrimmage on Friday and the defense most definitely got the best of the offense and the field goal kicking unit. More analysis and player profiles today, as the football team enters the last week of spring drills. It all comes to a conclusion this Friday with the Gold/Blue Game.

What You May Have Missed:

Head Coach Bill Stewart - Mountaineer TV
Coach Stewart's comments to the media after Saturday's scrimmage.

Despite shortcomings, Stew likes Mountaineers' effort - Charleston Gazette
Too many penalties, offensive breakdowns and missed kicks in the scrimmage

Football: Autograph Session Added to "Chalk Talk" - MSNsportsNET.Com
Fans will have the opportunity to get autographs from the former WVU coaches

Four-Year F/+ Averages - Football Study Hall
A look at what four-year performance averages can tell us about college football conferences and their overall health (or lack thereof). The Big East is ranked behind only the SEC and PAC 10 in the rankings.

News of Note:

Quick Hits: News and Notes from WVU's Second Scrimmage - WVillustrated.com
Coyle's Notebook

Running back misses scrimmage - Times West Virginian
Hertzel's Notebook

WVU defense gets best of offense - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
West Virginia's young defense stifled Dana Holgorsen's offense Friday in the Mountaineers' second spring scrimmage.

Issues Aplenty - BGN
Matt Lindamood is interviewed regarding the offensive struggles in Friday's scrimmage

Lindamood moving up - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Lindamood is impressing the new staff

WVU football: Holgorsen on the offense: It's all in - Charleston Daily Mail
...now its time to refine

Uncertainty looming for WVU - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
DH still thinks WVU has a long way to go to run the new offense well

WVU Defense Blocking Kicks - WVillustrated.com
Not sure if this is good for the D or an indictment on the kicking team

WVU Cornerbacks Compete to Carve Out Depth Chart - WVillustrated.com
Wide open competition for playing time at the corner

Ter-ing Up The Defense - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Terence Garvin is profiled

Defensive Back Terence Garvin - Mountaineer TV
Terence Garvin talks about Saturday's scrimmage, and how the defense is improving.

Pass Rush a Strength for WVU - WVillustrated.com
No big surprise here, but you have to be a bit leery about the patchwork OL on the field at the moment too

Mind of Miller - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Julian Miller is profiled

Irvin Shines Once Again - MSNsportsNET.Com
He's putting on a clinic...daily

WVU Defensive Line Still Has a Way to Go - WVillustrated.com
Irvin and Miller are impressing, but the interior needs more work

HERTZEL COLUMN: Roberts twins team up at WVU - Times West Virginian

HERTZEL COLUMN: Nehlen steps out of grandfather’s shadow - Times West Virginian
Ryan Nehlen wants to prove he belongs at the highest level and that he's not just riding on his last name

VIDEO: WVU Spring Practice Day 12 Interviews - WVillustrated.com
HCBS, Lindamood, Tavon, Julian and Garvin

Football: Coach Stewart, Select Player Quotes - MSNsportsNET.Com
For those who can't watch the videos

Photo Gallery XVI: WVU Spring Football - BGN

Recruiting:

Murray To Decide May 7th - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Former La Salle center Aaric Murray is going to decide if he will transfer to Kansas or West Virginia on May 7th.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Forget Saturday Nooners, Syracuse Does It Friday Night From Now On - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician
They seem to be happy about the Friday night game

Rutgers' Joe Martinek says he's embraced move from tailback to fullback - Star Ledger

Pitt Football: Biggest Hole To Fill? - Cardiac Hill
I vote Oakland as a whole hole

Video of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

This is a new take on an old concept and looks pretty funny (WARNING: STRONG LANGUAGE):

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is Russian model Masha Novoselova. Click on her picture for today's gallery.

Zolotaya Botchka image via bravosolutions.com