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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Tuesday (4/3/12) Edition

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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 Weltenburger Kloster.

Today we have some more reports on spring drills, including how the defensive line coach is handling his new gig and how Coach DeForest is liking the progress of the defense overall, so far. The offensive line is getting more attention and we have a couple of player features on Stedman Bailey and Ford Childress. Also, the gymnastics team is heading to their NCAA regionals soon. Good luck ladies!!!

PROGRAMMING NOTE: The news cycle has begun it's annual slow down, as such (and coinciding with a long work trip/vacation that starts next weekend for me), next Friday the 13th will be the last daily Shotgun/Throwdown until August. But you won't miss anything. I will still check in a couple of times per week with posts (and they may be at odd times, due to the time difference). And not to fear; you can still count on us for continuing coverage, even when the S/T isn't daily.

And contrary to the report by Country Roads, that wasn't me singing the anthem last night.

What You May Have Missed:

VSR: Carrier-Eades Named Athlete of the Week - MSNsportsNET.Com
The week's Varsity Sports Report

Good Luck Mountaineers! - MSNsportsNET.Com
Good luck to the WVU Gymnastics team, the 2012 EAGL champions, as it competes at the NCAA Auburn Regional Championships on April 7.

News of Note:

DeForest Happy With WVU Defense So Far - WVillustrated
Co-Defensive Coordinator Joe DeForest likes what he sees out of the defense through two weeks of practice

WVU football: Slaughter learns to deal with his group - Charleston Daily Mail
Sure, Slaughter doesn't have the blue vocabulary or the booming voice, but he's still making noise, what with the way actions still speak louder than words.

WVU Has Veteran O-Line For A Change - BGN
“The mindset this year is Mohawk,” he said, pointing to the top of his head. “It means getting down to the nitty gritty and fighting until you die.”

Given a shot, Texas QB caught fire quickly - Charleston Gazette
The son of a five-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle, Ray Childress, Ford always looked like a football player.

Productive Bailey has made a mark at WVU - Register-Herald
“We hold ourselves accountable for everything that goes on out there,” he continued. “But we want to be great. So we’re putting in the work.”

Around the League (and Beyond):

Kansas' QB line stretches even further - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

OSU football: Todd Monken loves to coach, confront challenges - Oklahoman

Raiders ponder redshirting receiver - Red Raiders

As TCU enters new league, foundation stays same for Horned Frogs football - Star-Telegram

Texas Football 2012: Team Still Lacking Championship Depth - Burnt Orange Nation

OU Football: Can You Actually Have Too Many Running Backs? - Crimson And Cream Machine

ISU football: Tiller is turning heads at receiver - Des Moines Register

NCAA task force: Conferences could take over bowl system - CBS Sports

What's On Tap:

Gold-Blue Game Will Be Televised - WVillustrated
West Virginia Media Holdings is proud to announce it will broadcast the Gold-Blue game live throughout the state.

Video of Interest:

In Tuesday episode, find out what players the football team is looking at after the loss of safety Jayme Thompson and spring drills resume again for the team.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

They're putting the band back together :

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is Brazilian Drielle Valeretto. Click on the picture for today's gallery.


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