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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Monday (5/2/11) Edition

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It seems a bit silly to get worked up over what amounts to a staged practice (especially in the context of real world developments), but if ever WVU fans were to get is the time to get on board if you weren't already. Coach Holgorsen's offense put on an absolute show Friday night in front of over 22,000 fans. It was a big weekend for the Mountaineers elsewhere as Jack Fleming finally got his overdue tribute by the University, former Mountaineer greats (both coaches and players) were in town and WVU had 4 selected in the NFL Draft. Let's not waste anymore time...

What You May Have Missed:

Four Mountaineers Selected in 2011 NFL Draft -
Congratulations to those selected and good luck to those who weren't chosen on getting free agent deals once the lockout ends!!!

Devine Determination: Noel Undrafted, Undeterred -
We certainly wish him luck...with the lockout, he'll have to wait even longer to be able to sign a free agent deal

Football Coaches "Chalk Talk" Mountaineers - MSNsportsNET.Com
Jim Carlen, Bobby Bowden, Frank Cignetti and Don Nehlen spend an hour talking football at the Waterfront Place Hotel on Friday, April 29, 2011. Video of the entire hour+ session.

Jack Fleming Corner Unveiled - WVMETRONEWS.COM
The honor is long overdue

Former players excited about WVU football program’s future - Daily Athenaeum
"I've heard a lot of good things from players now playing under coach Holgerson," White said. "I'm excited to be a fan and watch West Virginia play football."

VIDEO: Mountaineer Greats Interviews -
Pat White, Major, John Thornton and Q

WVU football: Wright arrested on Thursday, plays in Blue-Gold Game - Charleston Daily Mail
This was somewhat lost in the shuffle over the weekend

News of Note:

Offense Wins Gold-Blue Game - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Recap, audio, video and gallery

Holgorsen the star of the night - Charleston Gazette
Pat White was certainly impressed

WVU Gold Defeats the Blue 83-17 to Wrap Up Spring Drills -
Offense looked....dare I say, WOW!! Granted the 1st string O was against the 2nd string D, and the 1st string D was against the 2nd team O, but still

West Virginia Spring Game: New offense stars in first public unveiling - PPG

HERTZEL COLUMN: MountainAirs have smooth opening flight - Times West Virginian
Bob is calling this iteration of Holgorsen's offense "MountainAir" - your thoughts on the moniker?

The Big Play is Back - MSNsportsNET.Com

Answers begin to emerge for WVU - Charleston Gazette
Vingle answers some questions (in print...the team did it on the field) that we've all been wondering

WVU football: Questions remain for Mountaineers - Charleston Daily Mail
Defense is the biggest question after Friday night

WVU true freshman Roberts is ‘just moving forward’ - Register-Herald
He's one of the favorites to be the starting RB at this point

WVU football: Nehlen's rise shows possibilities of new offense - Charleston Daily Mail
...or is he just the "one" who has the monster spring game only to disappear in August?

Football: OG Josh Jenkins Update - MSNsportsNET.Com
After having his leg rolled up on, he is out 6-8 weeks with a MCL sprain

Garvin and Tandy ‘silent’ leaders for WVU - Register-Herald
Mickey's Column

Tandy: Defense took 'step backward' - Charleston Gazette
Don't think the big night for the O was lost on the D

Top 10 to watch this year at WVU - Daily Athenaeum
Here's Dobies' list of players to watch

Assistant coach Shannon Dawson - Mountaineer TV
Inside receivers coach Shannon Dawson talks about the team's offensive production in Friday night's Gold-Blue game.

VIDEO: WVU Gold-Blue Game Interviews -
HCBS, OCDH, Coach Gillespie, Vernard Roberts, Ryan Nehlen, The Tandy, Geno, Urban, and Julian

Gold-Blue Scrimmage Player and Coach Comments - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Post-game video interviews

WVU Football Photos: 2011 WVU Gold/Blue Spring Game-

Photo Gallery II: Gold/Blue Game - BGN


Murray Up And Wait - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Aaric Murray tweeted that he's transferring to WVU from La Salle

WVU Adds Kicker Sam Richardson for 2011 Season -
Maybe this will light a fire under the current kickers

Around the League (and Beyond):

Big East Players Dot Rounds Four Through Seven and Surprising Draft Facts - Big East Coast Bias
Complete run down of the BE in the 2011 NFL Draft

2011 NFL Draft: Jason Kelce - Down The Drive
The only Bearcat drafted

Louisville running back Bilal Powell drafted by New York Jets - Courier-Journal

USF says no contracts proposed for football with UCF - St. Petersburg Times
I hate to quote Corso, but, "Not so fast, my friend."

Vikings hope USF's Raymond can fill need at corner - Tampa Tribune

UConn at the NFL Draft: four Huskies picked on Day 3 - The UConn Blog

Hynoski Not Selected in NFL Draft - Cardiac Hill
The news is that he's actually shocked

Rutgers QB Chas Dodd passes for 289 yards in Scarlet-White game - Star Ledger
I believe Geno had 1 yard less at the half Friday night

Syracuse tight end Beckett Wales to return; Mario Tull shifts to running back - Post Standard

What's On Tap:

Summer workouts for the football team....and a lot less news

Video of Interest:

Videos of (Dis)Interest:

To quote Craig Ferguson, "It is indeed a great day for America, everybody. Yes, it is." (WARNING: Strong language)

...and one more, just because:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is American model Cameron Russell. Click on her picture for today's gallery.


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