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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Thursday (3/22/12) Edition

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Sorry for the delay folks, but we have plenty of spring football action to cover including several features on the running backs and a few offensive lineman. We also have details on the price increases coming to the football tickets this season. Plus, Huggs addresses any rumors of more defections and how the offseason will proceed. All of this and more...

What You May Have Missed:

Gold And Blue Now: Thursday - WVMETRONEWS.COM
the Mountaineer football team continues to adapt to the 3-4 defensen and WVU head coach Bob Huggins talks about what the off season will be like for the men's basketball team.

WVU ticket package prices to rise - Charleston Daily Mail
The minimum donation for each zone is going up by $25 to $125 per seat this year.

Huggins: Team Intact Moving Forward - WVMETRONEWS.COM
But as for any other potential departures, Huggins said there won’t be anymore.

Huggins recruits will succeed next year - Daily Athenaeum
Huggins’ recruits will have to play well next year, though, if the Mountaineers are to be successful.

Distant Observer - MSNsportsNET.Com
Haruhito Tsuji, offensive coordinator at Osaka Gakuin University, is in town this week observing spring football practice.

Wyant was quarterback star of 1950s - Register-Herald
Frederick Mount Wyant was the split-T quarterback in West Virginia University football of the mid-1950s Golden Era.

News of Note:

Freshman QB adjusting to first spring at WVU - Daily Athenaeum
One look at true freshman quarterback Ford Childress is enough to tell that a new breed of recruits is starting to filter onto the West Virginia roster.

Buie improving, moving up WVU depth chart - Daily Athenaeum
Sometimes all a player needs is repetition to improve his talent and progress. For West Virginia sophomore running back Andrew Buie, this has been exactly the case.

Backed up - Times West Virginian
Backfield depth on display at WVU spring practice

HERTZEL COLUMN: Alston on track for law school - Times West Virginian
Sometimes all a kid needs is a chance.

Within WVU's o-line, a (big) helping hand - Charleston Gazette
Big redshirt freshman Russell Haughton-James is putting in some work as a backup center to Joe Madsen.

Lucas big enough to help Mountaineers - Charleston Daily Mail
Marquis Lucas stands 6 feet, 4 inches tall and weighs more than 315 pounds. His arms are long, his hands are wide and his feet are large, though surprisingly light.

OL Joe Madsen - Mountaineer TV
OL Joe Madsen talks about the experience and potential of this year's offensive line.


WVU Offers O-Lineman Na'Ty Rodgers for 2013 - WVillustrated
Na'Ty Rodgers, a 6-foot-5, 278-pound lineman, was in Morgantown on an unofficial visit over the weekend and received a scholarship offer before he left town. He headed back to Maryland with 14 programs on his list.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Art Briles hoping to keep RG3's momentum going at Baylor -

Iowa State Football Notebook: Heated quarterback battle headlines spring football - Cyclone Fanatic

Why Is OU Quarterback Landry Jones At Stanford University? - Crimson And Cream Machine

Bedlam gains a little more ground on OUTexas - Tulsa World

Breaking News: T. Boone's "Gift of a Lifetime" Program To Embarrass OSU Alumni, But It Could Be Worse... - Cowboys Ride For Free

Embarrassing Moments in Longhorn Fandom - Barking Carnival

Texas Football 2012: Mack Brown Challenges Joe Bergeron and Malcolm Brown - Burnt Orange Nation

Five Questions: Texas Tech - Texas Football

Video of Interest:

There is a good chance that when the preseason magazines come out in a few months, West Virginia will be ranked in the top 15 of almost every one of them.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Don't you just love blondes?

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is another gorgeous Colombian. What today's gallery (click on the picture) lacks in picture selection, it makes up for with a video.


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