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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Friday (7/8/11) Edition

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 Summer Draft, in honor of the season and today's Miss Throwdown.

Huggs' youngsters had another game in the Pittsburgh summer league and finally came out on the winning end. Highlights and post-game interviews with the boys are of course included today, along with a couple features on them. Football continues it's off-season and things are kind of quiet on the actual news front. That's a good thing at this point. Nothing major to report, but the requisite season previews, lists and player features (and there's plenty of those to occupy ya). Have a great weekend everyone!!

What You May Have Missed:

WVU Youngsters Get First Victory Against College Talent -
It took them three games, but they finally got off the schneid

WVU Newcomers Building Team Chemistry -
The experience of this year's Pittsburgh summer league will return dividends that could pay off for the Mountaineers for years to come

WVU's Aaron Brown Gains Confidence From Strong Play -
His first points of the summer came as the game winning layup as time expired

VIDEO: WVU Highlights, Interviews from Summer League Win -
Game highlights from the youngsters' first win and post-game interviews with Aaron Brown, Tommie McCune, Keaton Miles, Gary Browne, Aric Dickerson and Pat Forsythe

Player Interviews: Summer Pro Am Game 3 - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Video sessions with Noreen, Brown, Staten and Browne

Juwan-a Leader - WVMETRONEWS.COM
A veteran of college experience, Staten is becoming a natural leader for the band of newcomers

Whispers, news around WVU hoops schedule - Charleston Gazette
A possible resumption of an old semi-regular series and Huggs is working on some others as well

Simply Saturday: Major Harris v. Pat White - Big East Blog - ESPN
IF you had to choose just one, who ya got?

Dove's 2012 NFL Draft Rankings: Outside Linebacker - Mocking The Draft
Take a look at who they have as the 5th best OLB in next year's NFL Draft

Study Shows WVU Fans Utilizing Social Media -
Who says we don't know how to use the internetz?

News of Note:

HERTZEL COLUMN: Season ticket sales are up; Holgorsen likely reason - Times West Virginian
Here's your "DUH" article of the week

WVU must defeat Marshall - Daily Athenaeum
I was a bit too fast with that "DUH" article of the week remark.....THIS is it

Austin’s time - Times West Virginian
A year after making the transition from RB to WR, Tavon is poised for a big season under the new offensive system...and was named to the Biletnikoff Award watch list this week

Barclay: WVU's O-line ‘getting its identity back’ - Charleston Gazette
He thinks their lack of size (for the former scheme) and thinking too much has been the root of the OL struggles the past few years

HERTZEL COLUMN: Miller bulks up, becomes WVU fixture - Times West Virginian
The senior has gained over 60 pounds in his five years since arriving in Motown...and it's a delicate balancing act, trying to gain weight and keeping the speed

WVU defense will see changes, too - Charleston Daily Mail
It's personnel, for obvious reasons, not philosophy

All’s quiet on the WVU front, which can be good - Charleston Gazette
Hickman's Notebook

Staying Healthy - MSNsportsNET.Com
Sophomore Branko Busick is hopeful a good summer in strength coach Mike Joseph’s development program can lead to more production on the football field this fall

Big East position rankings: Linebackers - Big East Blog - ESPN

Big East position rankings: Safety - College Football Nation Blog - ESPN

WVU opponents: Game 3, Maryland - Charleston Gazette
The preview series continues


The Legend Of Tavon Austin - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Tavon's reputation in the Baltimore area could be a major key in future recruiting in that area for the Mountaineers (includes video)

On the recruiting trail with Larry Harrison - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Coach Harrison is busy on the recruiting rounds but stopped by to talk to the guys from Sportsline (includes audio)

Around the League (and Beyond):

Stacey Bedell Says Villanova Coaches Told Him FBS Move Will Be Announced In September - The Nova Blog
Is every team in Philly joining the BE for football?

The Octonion In...MasterConference - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician
A secret society of the eight wealthiest mascots in the Northeast convenes at an estate in Providence, RI, otherwise known as John Marinatto's basement. Chips and mango-peach salsa are served. They control the Northeastern bank money supplies, Fort Dix, ESPN and the Wesleyan College student newspaper. They are known as The Octonion.

Big East Football vs. the AQ Conferences in 2011 - Best Case, Worst Case, and Reality - Big East Coast Bias

Ranking College Football's New Coaches From 2010 -
See how the 3 new guys in the BE ranked

A better look at the new Louisville football uniforms - Card Chronicle
More black stripes

No. 55: Cincinnati - Pre-Snap Read: A College Football Blog
The latest Big East team in the countdown

Syracuse's Nick Provo On Mackey Award Watch List - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

UConn Football: Evaluating Left Guard - Hartford Courant

NFL Top 100 Players: Pitt's Impact On Pros Still Undeniable - Cardiac Hill

TCU seeing boost in [BB, ed.] recruiting thanks to Big East move - Sporting News

SB Nation Conference Re-Draft: Results Through Seven Rounds - BC Interruption
For any of you who may be interested

College Football Mailbag - Stewart Mandel -

Steve Kragthorpe's Emotional Range Is Neither Emotional Nor Rangey - Every Day Should Be Saturday
The Krag is coming back to Motown this fall (as LSU's OC). We are looking forward to more diary entries.

Video of Interest:

I don't understand why anybody still makes videos like this in 4:3 ratio anymore

Videos of (Dis)Interest:

This one has been making the internet rounds lately:

And, being the movie nut that I am, I love a good mash-up...

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is Brazilian model Lais Ribeiro. We love Brazilians. Here are her gallery (click on the picture) and video:

Summer Draft image via