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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Tuesday (4/26/11) Edition

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Spring practice #13 was held yesterday and the defense had the upper hand for most of the day, until the offense went into the 2 minute drill. Bruce (and Julian, for that matter) continues to terrorize the young OL, which Coach Holgorsen says is due to a lack of technique by the OL. There are several notebooks to peruse along with post-practice interview sessions with both coordinators (including video).

What You May Have Missed:

VIDEO: WVU Spring Practice Day 13 Interviews -
Here's DH's post-practice session, Casteel's is embedded below

Football: Coordinators' Quotes - MSNsportsNET.Com

Coach just hopes 'it looks good' - Charleston Gazette
While DH readily admits that the Gold/Blue game is essentially just another practice, he wants his offensive charges to look good for the crowd

One Big East team in early Top 25 - Big East Blog - ESPN
ESPN's College Football Live has revealed its Top 25 poll for 2011. #24

Football: Autograph Session Added to "Chalk Talk" - MSNsportsNET.Com
I was wrong yesterday, the autograph session is also to include former players: Fred Wyant, John Mallory, Garrett Ford, Darryl Talley, Jeff Merrow, Tom Pridemore, Major Harris, Bo Orlando, Renaldo Turnbull, Mike Fox, Anthony Becht, Aaron Beasley, John Thornton, Dan Mozes, Grant Wiley, Pat McAfee, Reggie Rembert and Owen Schmitt.

Carrier Student-Athlete of the Week - MSNsportsNET.Com
This week's Varsity Sports Report

News of Note:

Practice 13 Recap - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Article, gallery and video

Quick Hits: WVU Spring Practice Day 13 -
Coyle's Notebook

Dana, Casteel keep up on trends - Times West Virginian
Bob's Notebook

Defense enjoys inherent edge - Charleston Gazette
Hickman's Notebook

WVU focusing on two-minute offense in final week of practice - Daily Athenaeum
Dobies' Notebook

HERTZEL COLUMN - WVU offense, defense getting different looks - Times West Virginian
Neither squad is getting many looks at their conventional counterparts that will likely see this fall

O-line hurting offense’s progress - Daily Athenaeum
"Holgorsen said Monday the sacks given up throughout camp were an issue of technique or lack thereof."

Casteel: Defense Improving - MSNsportsNET.Com

West Virginia's Irvin stands out - PPG
Despite the accolades and ability, Casteel says he still needs more fundamentals work to be an every down player

WVU football: Irvin faces new set of challenges this season - Charleston Daily Mail
Even though he's constantly impressing with his pass rushing ability against an offense that passes a lot in practice, he knows that's not what he's likely to see in the fall against the Mountaineer opponents

The Big East's double-digit sack men in '11 - Big East Blog - ESPN
WVU has the expected two names on this prediction list

Ivan The Erratic - WVMETRONEWS.COM
The sophomore receiver is struggling with his blocking, among other things

Matt Lindamood Overcame Doubt to Find Success at WVU -
The fullback from Parkersburg is profiled

Around the League (and Beyond):

Big East Expansion Rumor: Villanova's Wednesday Morning Press Conference - The Nova Blog
The news is actually that there isn't going to be a presser

Spring Football Finale -
Interviews with Collaros and Butch Jones

Jordan Todman Talks About How Much Size Doesn't Matter - Hartford Courant
I bet that's what he tells all the girls

Jeremy Deering is running into Rutgers' spotlight as converted tailback - Star Ledger

Jim Tressel's Ohio State tenure all but over after NCAA allegations -
...and Beano predicts Urban will take over in 2012

NCAA clears quarterback Barry Brunetti to play immediately for Ole Miss - Commercial Appeal
The former WVU QB was granted a hardship waiver

What's On Tap:

Football: Spring Game Information - MSNsportsNET.Com
Includes parking lot guide for tailgating and other pertinent information with the schedule of activities

Videos of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is Polish-German actress Natalia Avelon. The linked gallery isn't large, but it makes up for quantity with quality.

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