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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Tuesday (8/16/11) Edition

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There wasn't any practice session yesterday, but that's the beauty of fall camp...there's still plenty to write and read about. Holgorsen is adjusting to his new role, as in not just focusing on offense and is spreading his time monitoring the entire team. Jeff Casteel gets some press today and gives a progress report on the defense that should make the Mountaineer fans happy. Several players are also the focus of features today. Let's get started:

What You May Have Missed:

Holgorsen branching as the head coach at WVU - Register-Herald
"I’m going to call the plays, and I signal in the stuff, but for the last 12 plays (Friday), I let somebody else signal in the plays, because I have guys that I trust who can get it called correctly and make good decisions," Holgorsen said. "That allows me to do other things. It’s balance more than anything."

HERTZEL COLUMN - Holgorsen offense known to force defensive changes - Times West Virginian
Holgorsen is used to defenses doing things out of their historical norm...he just adjusts during the game and attacks it differently if need be

Holgorsen isn’t in unfamiliar territory - Charleston Gazette
Hickman's Notebook

The Swagger Is Back - BGN
Dobies' Notebook

Assistant Coach Shannon Dawson - Mountaineer TV
Assistant coach Shannon Dawson talked about WVU's wide receivers last week.

Jeff Casteel is Leading his WVU Defense in the Right Direction -
He's been especially pleased with the attitudes, efforts and leadership being shown by the players thus far in camp

Matter of confidence - Charleston Gazette
WVU defense has holes to fill . . . and experienced players to fill them

WVU Freshman Grows from Italy Preparation -
Keaton Miles is featured

News of Note:

Making The Grade - MSNsportsNET.Com
The Tandy has grown into one of the better DB's in history, after an auspicious start to his career

WVU football: Quarterbacks Millard, Smith have become 'good friends' - Charleston Daily Mail
Despite the competition and open desire of Millard to beat Geno out, there has been no animosity between the two

Ready to Contribute - MSNsportsNET.Com
Ryan Nehlen has been turning heads since the spring and may be ready to contribute in a big way this fall for the Mountaineers.

Hard Work, Consistency Pay Off For WVU's Nehlen -
He may be the player most benefited from the change in offensive philosophy this year

Ivan Where Art Thou - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Video interview with small article intro

WVU football: Spain learns to adjust as he battles for starting spot on offensive line - Charleston Daily Mail
He's penciled in as the starter for now, but is battling with Pat Eger for the RT spot

Forecasting the Big East in 2011 - Pre-Snap Read: A College Football Blog
Here's another BE breakdown

No. 21: West Virginia - Pre-Snap Read: A College Football Blog
The highest ranked BE team in their countdown, btw

Around the League (and Beyond):

Breaking: NCAA head contacts CEOs on realignment -

WVU football: Trigger has not been pulled, but conference shakeup will happen - Charleston Daily Mail
Casazza's take on the situation

WVU can compete in any league - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Can WVU survive, and flourish, in the ACC? Without question.

Out Indefinitly: The 2011 Syracuse Football Training Camp Story - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician
Nobody, and I mean nobody, has been hit with injuries like Cuse has this camp season

Louisville football goes deep at wide receiver - Courier-Journal

Collaros burns to be better quarterback - Cincinnati Enquirer
They have ointments for that now-a-days...or so I've heard

Well-traveled Bulls RB Scott humbled, motivated - Tampa Tribune
Darrell Scott

Introducing UConn's 4 Contenders For Starting Quarterback Job - Hartford Courant

Rutgers coach Greg Schiano says he isn't concerned about defense - Star Ledger

Pitt Panthers: Graham's plans call for heavy use of 6 to 8 in rotation - PPG

Ponzi schemer's attorney says NCAA probing whether Miami Hurricanes got gifts - ESPN

Top 20 College Football Stadiums of 2011 - We Are Fanatics: Fanatics Official Blog
No Big East teams represented here, but still an interesting list...with all of the usual suspects

Excel Helmet Schedules - MG's Helmets
Here's this year's edition(s)

What's On Tap:

Football: Single Game Tickets on Sale - MSNsportsNET.Com
Tickets can be purchased on-line at, by calling 1-800-WVU GAME or in person at the Mountaineer Ticket Office in the WVU Coliseum.

Football: Fan Day Set for August 21 - MSNsportsNET.Com
The Fan Day activities will begin at 1 p.m. in the Caperton Indoor Practice Facility. Gates will open at 12:45 p.m. Coach Dana Holgorsen, assistant coaches and WVU players will be signing autographs and visiting with fans until 3 p.m.

Football: Walk-on Tryouts Aug. 22 - MSNsportsNET.Com
The workout will be held on August 22, 2011 at Milan Puskar Stadium. Registration will take place from 6:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. and the workout will begin promptly at 7 p.m.

'Countdown to Kickoff' celebration to welcome alumni, friends and families - WVUToday/Press Releases
The kickoff will take place on Aug. 28 from 5-8 p.m. at The Erickson Alumni Center. The event will feature appearances by the WVU Pep Band, cheerleaders, Mountaineer Mascot Brock Burwell, and coaches, as well as food, drinks, raffles and games for children of all ages.

Video of Interest:

I could not find this to save my life to feature in conjunction with the GameCon countdown yesterday:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

WARNING: STRONG LANGUAGE (as if the still shot didn't give that fact away)

Make sure to keep the annotations on for info on the scenes being shown

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is English model and presenter Emma Blocksage. Do I have to tell ya? Just in case we have any on the picture for today's gallery.

Samuel Smith Taddy Porter image via