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Mountaineer Morning Links - Geno awards, Texas previews, defensive re-set, new football commit, Big 12 roundup & more


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 Devassa Beer, in honor of today's Miss Throwdown.

What You May Have Missed:

You think he’d be better at this by now - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
A humorous compilation of Tavon's celebration fails this past Saturday

Thank You Mountaineer Fans! - WVU Athletics
A thank you letter from Oliver Luck.

Hamric Named Athlete of the Week - WVU Athletics
Varsity Sports Report


Smith Named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week - WVU Athletics
Geno Smith bags his second conference weekly honor.

Smith named O'Brien Quarterback of the week - WVU Athletics
West Virginia's Geno Smith has earned Davey O'Brien Quarterback of the Week honors.

Big 12 Player of the Week: Week 5 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
Let's make this quick, is there any doubt Geno Smith is getting this?

Geno Smith separates from fellow Heisman hopefuls in Week 5 - Cory McCartney -
Geno Smith's Week 5 line seems like the kind of statistical assault a teenager would deliver with an Xbox controller in hand. But Smith's 656-yard, eight-touchdown day was a reality -- and one that furthers his lead in the Heisman Trophy race.

2012 Heisman Watch - Heisman Trophy Candidates - ESPN

WVU’s Smith’s Heisman stock soars - Pittsburgh Tribune
A perfectionist, Smith — who leads the country with 20 touchdown passes — has thrown only 28 incompletions this season.

Heisman Trophy race is a runaway - USA Today
West Virginia QB Geno Smith's virtuoso performance against Baylor has him leading the USA TODAY Sports Heisman Trophy poll.

The Big Picture: Record-setting Week 5 makes WVU's Smith Heisman favorite - NCAA Football -
What qualities go into the crafting of a winning QB -- a Heisman-worthy QB? The abilities to step up in big games and stay grounded and focused afterward.

West Virginia's Geno Smith, Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey on pace to break multiple NCAA records -
West Virginia's Geno Smith, Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey are all on pace to break multiple single-season records, and Baylor's Terrance Williams is on pace to break the single-season receiving yards record.

Mack Brown Says Smith May Be Best Quarterback In Big 12 History - WVillustrated
Texas Head Coach Mack Brown spoke very highly of the WVU offense and Quarterback Geno Smith in the weekly Big 12 coaches' teleconference.

WVU's Smith impresses Texas head coach - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Mountaineers take first Big 12 road trip to Austin

Longhorns coach jumps on the Geno bandwagon - Charleston Gazette
Everyone else in college football is talking about Geno Smith and the West Virginia offense, so why not Mack Brown?

News of Note:

Weis: Smith is ‘kind of scary’ - Charleston Daily Mail
Casazza's Notebook

Holgorsen Not As Upset With WVU Defense As He Was Saturday - WVillustrated
Holgorsen watched game film of West Virginia's 70-63 win over Baylor and was not as upset with his defense as he originally was following the game.

Coaches and Players: Defense Must Improve - WVU Athletics
WVU coaches and players know the defense must get better.

Holgo Eyes Fixes for 'Atrocious' Pass Defense - WVMETRONEWS.COM
"We either get new guys in the secondary that make plays or we've got to get those guys more confident," Holgorsen said

WVU ‘D’ will get better - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Remember, it wasn't until WVU took on Clemson in the Orange Bowl that fans got a glimpse of what this offense was capable of accomplishing when clicking on all cylinders.

WVU football: Defenses struggling for Mountaineers, Longhorns - Charleston Daily Mail/AP
What if No. 8 West Virginia and No. 11 Texas played Saturday and decided not to bring their defenses?

Texas, WVU ‘D’s Both Struggling - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
Both units will face solid QBs

Can the Texas defense slow West Virginia? - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
In four days, Texas coach Mack Brown hopes to have a plan in place to slow down No. 8 West Virginia.

WVU Offense 'Most Explosive' In The Country - WVMETRONEWS.COM's Bruce Feldman was one of the national writers in town for the Baylor game and gave high praise for West Virginia's offense during Monday night's MetroNews Statewide Sportsline.

Can Texas stop Smith, WVU? - Times West Virginian
It won’t be easy, and the Longhorns know it.

Hitting The Road - BGN/AP
As much fun as No. 8 West Virginia's offense had in its Big 12 debut, the Mountaineers have to put all that behind with two road challenges ahead.

WVU ready to venture into the big-time - Register-Herald
Texas atmosphere is among the best

Texas presents different challenge for WVU defense - Daily Athenaeum
In addition to a talented quarterback in sophomore David Ash, Texas also has a stable of three running backs who receive significant carries each game.

Diaz the key to Texas resurgence - Charleston Daily Mail
When Will Muschamp gave up his job as the Texas defensive coordinator after the 2010 season, the Longhorns went looking for a third defensive coordinator in six years.

Juxtaposition Of Styles - BGN
Third down conversion rate. It’s among the keys when West Virginia meets Texas this weekend.

Texas will tone down the tempo vs. WVU - Charleston Gazette
"This won't be a game like last week where both offenses take 90-some snaps,'' West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen said Monday.

Horns Lay Mental Hook - BGN
Mack Brown compared West Virginia with Texas and USC when it had Heisman trophy winners – and were eventual national champions. As Keith Jackson would say, ‘Whoa, Nellie.”


Juco Pledges to WVU - BGN
For the second consecutive season, West Virginia has reached into the junior college ranks for offensive line help.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Year of the QB in the Big 12 - Charleston Gazette/AP
Geno Smith's not the only one tearing it up in pass-happy league

Big 12 power rankings: Week 6 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Art Briles finally loses a game of Hyper-Efficiency Chicken - Our Daily Bears
I can’t help but think that if this were actually a game of chicken, the two cars would have just run straight into each other, drivers' laughing maniacally with courage-filled hearts and adrenaline-filled minds.

Post Week 5 Anger Management - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Taylor Cox Could Be Ready To Play Saturday Against Kansas State - Rock Chalk Talk

K-State returns to the role of the favorite - Kansas City Star

Little will come easy the rest of the way for Sooners - Oklahoman

In Praise of Joseph Randle - Cowboys Ride For Free

David Ash To Oklahoma State: "How You Like Me Now?" - Burnt Orange Nation

TCU loses another player, 20th in nine months - Dallas Ft. Worth Star Telegram

Texas Tech is going places - Viva The Matadors

BCS Eliminator, Week 5: College football's contenders list now shorter than NFL's -

On The Mark: Week 6 - ESPN

What's On Tap:

Men’s Soccer Hosts Elon - WVU Athletics
The No. 17 West Virginia University men’s soccer team will host Elon in a non-conference match on Tuesday, Oct. 2, at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.

Video of Interest:

Despite an injury and a position change, senior Terence Garvin is making an impact on the Mountaineer defense. In this edition of Wearing the Jersey, he talks about the transition and what it means to play for the Mountaineers.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Exchange the lady at the end for Geno and you have this past weekend's game:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is yet another VS Angel. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Lais Ribeiro.