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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Thursday (10/4/12) Edition

Mountaineer Morning Links - Game previews, player features, defense news, Hoops opens practice tomorrow night, Big 12 roundup & more


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What You May Have Missed:

West Virginia's Holgorsen one happy camper - San Antonio Express-News
Dana Holgorsen is moving from the opening kickoff until the end of the game, constantly in motion.

Draw It Up: The Latest Wrinkles in West Virginia's Explosive Offense - The Triangle Blog - Grantland
For much of the past five years, Dana Holgorsen has helmed some of the most prolific offenses in college football. From Texas Tech to Houston to Oklahoma State.

Texas crowd expected to be largest to ever see WVU play - Charleston Daily Mail
Casazza's Notebook

Texas the toughest test yet for WVU - Register-Herald
“We’re going to have to be prepared for a lot of blitzing. We’re going to have to play very well, no question.”

West Virginia vs. Texas Game Preview - WVillustrated
The Mountaineers head to Austin for their first true road game of the season in a showdown between two top 15 teams.

News of Note:

West Virginia Mountaineers quarterback Geno Smith's focus is solely football - ESPN
West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith's success on the field comes from being a football nerd off it.

Texas Longhorns must find ways to slow Geno Smith, West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
Texas has been prone to giving up big plays this season. Now the Longhorns must find a way to slow down Geno Smith and West Virginia.

Texas tackles defensive issues heading into WVU game - Pittsburgh Tribune
“You’re not going to stop them,’’ Brown said. “Try to figure out how to slow them down. They’ve got absolutely no weaknesses. They can put up huge numbers easy and fast.’’

Heisman frontrunner Geno Smith seeks improvement in endless pursuit of perfection - FOX Sports on MSN

West Virginia's Geno Smith more than passes as Heisman favorite - LA Times
The Mountaineers quarterback, who tossed for eight touchdowns against Baylor, has a chip on his shoulder and an upcoming Big 12 test vs. Texas.

Meet Geno Smith, The Stuff Of Nightmares For Defensive Coordinators - Burnt Orange Nation
A former four-star recruit, senior West Virginia quarterback has raised his level of play from his junior season. What makes the Mountaineer star so effective?

Texas Ends Take Aim at Geno - WVMETRONEWS.COM
"Our tackles are going to be in one-on-one situations, and they've got to win those situations," Bedenbaugh said.

Madsen OK with being center of attention - Charleston Gazette
"Braun was [mad],'' Madsen laughed, referring to right guard Jeff Braun.

Success on offense starts with center Joe Madsen - Inter-Mountain
"Joe does a tremendous job of blocking and picking up blitzes," Smith said.

Texas, W. Virginia QBs get lots of support - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
Texas and West Virginia have a pair of quarterbacks leading the nation in passer rating.

Woods Making Noise as Third Receiver - WVMETRONEWS.COM
With 27 catches through four games, J.D. Woods has become a weapon as West Virginia's third receiver: "When the ball is in the air, that's my ball."

The Light Comes on for WVU's Woods - WVU Athletics
J.D. Woods ranks fifth in the Big 12 in receiving averaging 6.8 receptions per game.

Keeping their heads up - Charleston Gazette
As defense struggles, player confidence becomes a concern

Roberts faces task in return to Lone Star state - Charleston Daily Mail
"One is to be successful," Coach Dana Holgorsen said. "The other is to probably man up a little bit and say enough is enough and get out there and work hard."

WVU looks to build ‘D’ back up - Times West Virginian
However, when the depth chart came out on Tuesday it included the usual suspects … and that was somewhat unsettling.

2012 Heisman Horse Race, Week 5: A clear leader emerges in Geno Smith -
Week - #1, #3 and #10, Overall #1, #2 & #9

Texas Presents Challenge, Opportunity for WVU Defense - WVillustrated
Mountaineers hoping Baylor debacle can serve as wake-up call, turning point in season.

Cody Clay: The Right Hat - WVU Athletics
Cody Clay has found a home at fullback.

Climbing the Mountain - Burnt Orange Nation
It has been 56 years since the Longhorns have played the Mountaineers. That first game was a tight, low scoring, one-point game while Saturday night promises to be just as tight but certainly not as low scoring.

Bohls: No place like home? Horns hope so - Austin American-Statesman
Kenny Vaccaro created a bit of a stir a few weeks ago when he mentioned how much he was looking forward to playing away from Royal-Memorial Stadium.


From Miramar to Morgantown, winning combo of Smith and Bailey a constant - NCAA Football -
Geno Smith first recruited childhood friend Stedman Bailey to Miramar High in South Florida, then to West Virginia. Now the Mountaineers are reaping the rewards. Lorenzo Reyes says the duo's winning connection is nothing new.

Around the League (and Beyond):

WVU-Baylor, high-scoring games part of college culture shift - Stewart Mandel -
College Football Mailbag

The Big 12 Primer: Week 6 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Want to see Baylor Stadium? You can! - Our Daily Bears

HOT MESS: Evaluating Messingham's First Four Games - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Kansas vs. Kansas State: Weis on the Wildcats - Rock Chalk Talk

OU @ Texas Tech - What Can't Happen - Crimson And Cream Machine

Time for J.W. Walsh to get reps, Wes Lunt to get healthy - Oklahoman (autoplay video)

Texas Longhorns vs. West Virginia Mountaineers: Can Manny Diaz's Scheme Slow Down Geno Smith And Dana Holgorsen? - Barking Carnival

CGP Gets Philosophical In Press Conference - Frogs O' War

Red Raider Gridiron | Texas Tech's Defensive Improvement - Viva The Matadors

Saban blasts hurry-up offenses - FanNation/SI
In other words, he doesn't know how to stop it.

What's On Tap:

Men's Basketball Tips with Gold-Blue Debut - WVU Athletics
West Virginia University will tip off the 2012-13 men’s basketball season with the Gold-Blue Debut presented by Coke Zero on Friday, Oct. 19, at 7:30 p.m., at the WVU Coliseum. Admission to the event is free with gates opening at 6:30 p.m.

Video of Interest:

On this week's edition of the United Playbook, MSN's Tony Caridi talks with Coach Dana Holgorsen about the football team's big test in Austin against the University of Texas.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

You think Holgs lays a few of these on Mack Brown this week? (WARNING: STRONG LANGUAGE)

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is SI Swimsuit model from Costa Rica. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Jessica Perez.