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Mountaineer Morning Links - HCDH presser, player and coaches interviews, Geno, Grantland love, UT previews, 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 Yeungling Octoberfest (much remissed for not starting this annual rundown of Oktoberfest beers on Monday).

What You May Have Missed:

First-and-10: Hand Geno Smith the Heisman now? Oh please ... - Sporting News
Reaffirm Matt Hayes as a non-believer

Don’t crown Geno the Heisman winner yet - Daily Athenaeum
But it’s also true that no award in any sport is given out prematurely more often than the Heisman Trophy.

The BMOC surveys the Arkansas Razorbacks, Heisman race, high-flying QBs and more - ESPN
17, 16, 8 & 1

The magical realism of West Virginia and bearing witness to Dana Holgorsen's maniacal Mountaineer offense - Grantland
Bearing witness to Dana Holgorsen's maniacal Mountaineer offense

Dana Holgorsen and the maturation of West Virginia quarterback and Heisman Trophy favorite Geno Smith - Grantland
Geno Smith became the most talked-about player in college football overnight, but the path to becoming a Heisman favorite has been a long one

Leach V. Holgorsen, Week 5: A Tale of Two Seasons - Football Study Hall
Sure, we’ll touch a bit on Mike Leach’s Washington State Cougars, but this piece is simply going to praise Dana Holgorsen’s offense and the Geno Smith-led onslaught that took place this past Saturday in Morgantown, WV.

College Football Week 6 Picks - ESPN Video - ESPN
ESPN Video: Ryan McGee makes his picks for the 3 big time showdowns featuring teams all in the Top 11.

The Alphabetical, Week 5: Johnny Manziel remains at large -

The Numerical, Week 5: Yards, points and outsourced Iowa jokes -

Big 12 Game Balls: Week 5 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Men’s Soccer Loses Heartbreaker - WVU Athletics
Two goals in the last three minutes of the match completed a comeback for Elon as they defeated the No. 18 West Virginia University men’s soccer team, 3-2, on Tuesday evening at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.

WVU-Baylor Game 360-Degree Photo - WVU Athletics
As part of the festivities around the first Big 12 Conference football game in West Virginia University history, a high-resolution 360-degree photo was taken during the first quarter of West Virginia's 70-63 victory over Baylor at Milan Puskar Stadium.

News of Note:

Week 6 – West Virginia at Texas - College Football News
You’ll have to forgive anyone who doesn’t quite think West Virginia and Texas are for real quite yet. This game might convert a few believers.

Lesson learned from last year - Charleston Gazette
Without 4 turnovers, WVU might've beaten LSU

Can Madsen Become a Heisman Center? - WVMETRONEWS.COM
"I haven't had any incompletions," proclaimed the All-American candidate. "But I haven't had any touchdowns either."

Texas RB Brown Out; What About Alston? - WVMETRONEWS.COM
"He actually practiced a little bit (Tuesday) and he was looking pretty good," Garrison said. "Maybe, possibly, we'll see him out there this week.

WVU’s offense set for Texas’ defense - Times West Virginian
“It depends on how you look at it. We have a whole game of watching how they defended it,” Holgorsen noted.

Holgorsen: WVU to face tough Texas hold 'em defensive - Herald Dispatch
Carvelli notebook

West Virginia defense trying hard to put Baylor game in the past - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
West Virginia gave up 700 yards to Baylor, nine touchdowns, 34 first downs, and got burnt in the passing game.

Secondary a primary concern for No. 8 WVU - Charleston Daily Mail
"I felt like Clemson's defense," he said.

DBs Need to 'Man Up' and Get Confident - WVMETRONEWS.COM
They're whipping boys on a West Virginia defense that ranks third-worst nationally against the pass.

WVU defense adjusting to Big 12’s fast tempo - Pittsburgh Tribune
Defensive coordinator Joe DeForest called the Baylor game a defining teaching moment for his unit.

HERTZEL COLUMN: High-tempo offenses rule Big 12 football - Times West Virginian
Evolution or revolution?

Mountaineer special teams in need of a makeover - Charleston Gazette
Which is why when you ask Dunlap what he's doing, the answer is short: "Special teams," he says.

Football Player Quotes - WVU Athletics
The West Virginia football team addressed members of the media Tuesday night.

Video: Football Interviews 10/2 - BGN
Stedman, Geno, Coaches Dawson and Spavital

WVU Offensive Video Interviews: Texas Week - WVillustrated
Garrison, Madsen, Woods, Geno, Stedman, Coach Dawson, Coach Spavital, Squirt, Braun, & Eger

WVU Defensive Video Interviews: Texas Week - WVillustrated
Rigg, Coach DeForest, Cook, Coach Slaughter & Coach Roberts

Big plays might undo Texas Longhorns - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
In 2011, Texas had the best defense in the Big 12, leading the conference in rushing and passing defense. However, the first month of this season has been a different story.

Longhorns opened up offense to keep up with rest of Big 12 - Charleston Daily Mail
A season ago, Texas was one of only 10 teams among the 120 in the Football Bowl Subdivision that gained 2,500 yards rushing and averaged more than 200 yards and 45 carries per game.

Texas coach has plenty of praise for 4-0 Mountaineers - Register-Herald
“They’ve got absolutely no weaknesses,” said Brown

Around the League (and Beyond):

Big 12's lead over the SEC gets smaller - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Texas RB Malcolm Brown Ruled Out Against West Virginia - Burnt Orange Nation

Improvement only option for porous BU defense - Waco Tribune

The Steele Flip - Wide Right & Natty Lite

KU’s Weis puts focus on Wildcats - Kansas City Star

Collin Klein Heisman Watch (Week 5) - Bring On The Cats

Coaches All Talk When It Comes To Damien Williams? - Crimson And Cream Machine

Mike Gundy expects quarterback Wes Lunt back in lineup soon - Oklahoman

TCU and Ohio State to Play Home-and-Home in Football - Frogs O' War

Report | Oklahoma Sooners Treated Like Normal Human Beings in 2007 - Viva The Matadors

What's On Tap:

Offensive Line Weekend - WVU Athletics
The weekend will kick off with a dinner banquet on Friday, Oct. 19, at the Waterfront Place Hotel, starting at 6:30 p.m. WVU Director of Athletics and former Mountaineer quarterback Oliver Luck, Nehlen, and longtime NFL standout Jeff Hostetler will be among the many scheduled speakers during Friday’s dinner.

Video of Interest:

West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen's Tuesday afternoon news conference at Milan Puskar Stadium. October 2, 2012.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

She needs our support, dammit!!

Hump Day Video of the Week:

Cat daddy showdown: Kate Upton vs. Melanie Iglesias and Miss Throwdown. Who ya got?

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a native New Yorker. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Lisa Ramos.