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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Monday (4/9/12) Edition

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WVU held its first officiated scrimmage of the spring yesterday and the coaching staff were fairly pleased. Today we have more reports from the scrimmage, including Coach Holgorsen's presser. There are also plenty of player features to check out today as well. WVi caught up with KJ and Truck over the weekend and Caleb has a couple of updates on Da`Sean and Ebanks. All of this, your Big 12 roundup and more...

What You May Have Missed:

Gold And Blue Now: Monday - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Dana Holgorsen talks about the first scrimmage, Baylor Associate Head Coach Brian Norwood talks about WVU heading to the Big 12 and the WVU Varsity Club shows its support for the football team.

Gymnastics: WVU Finishes Fifth at Regional - MSNsportsNET.Com
The West Virginia University gymnastics team hit 23-of-24 routines tonight and scored 195.9 for a fifth-place finish at the competitive 2012 NCAA Auburn Regional Championships, inside Auburn Arena.

Jones, Bryant Meet with WVU Fans as Careers Close - WVillustrated
Mountaineers seniors have been making stops around the state for autograph signings and meet-and-greets.

WVU Guard Truck Bryant Discusses Future After Mountaineers - WVillustrated
Graduating senior guard Truck Bryant was in Bridgeport Saturday taking a break from training to sign autographs for WVU fans and update us on what's next in his career.

Da'Sean Butler Waived By the Austin Toros - WVU Pros
Da’Sean Butler’s journey to the NBA has hit another snag after being released by the NBDL’s Austin Toros.

Devin Ebanks Started In Place of Kobe Bryant On Saturday Night - WVU Pros
He finished the game with 12 on 6-11 shooting to go along with 4 rebounds in 32 minutes of play.

Bischoff one of the best - Martinsburg Journal
Way back in 1952, West Virginia was billing Paul Bischoff as probably its best end in at least 30 years.

News of Note:

Dana Holgorsen News Conference - MSNsportsNET.Com
Video highlights and transcript (complete presser embedded below)

Holgorsen pleased after latest practice - Charleston Gazette
West Virginia had its shortest and latest practice of the spring Sunday, but probably got more out of it than any of the eight that preceded it.

Mountaineers Complete First Scrimmage - WVMETRONEWS.COM
After spending the Easter weekend with their families, the Mountaineer players and coaches spent their Easter evening taking part in their first scrimmage of the spring.

Quick Hits: WVU Football Holds First Scrimmage - WVillustrated
News and notes as the Mountaineers begin second half of spring drills and put on pads under the watchful eyes of referees.

Coaching Staff Pleased Halfway Through Spring - WVillustrated
Both the offense and defense are impressing WVU assistant coaches so far this spring.

Defense Making Progress - MSNsportsNET.Com
DeForest said the objective is for the defense to confuse the opposing offense while not confusing themselves.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Mountaineers focus on self, not new opponents - Times West Virginian
“We script every possible circumstance,” Smith said. “When game day comes, it’s not new to us because we’ve already been through it at practice.”

No Austin speedy limits? - Charleston Gazette
WVU's fleet receiver now 'playing fast all the time'

HERTZEL COLUMN: Smith making the most out of time at WVU - Times West Virginian
Smith’s greatest asset and, certainly, the one that not only sets him apart but draws you to him is that he offers something that is so scarce in athletics today — honesty.

Texas QB duo the future for WVU - Times West Virginian
If the present success of the West Virginia University football team rests on the play of senior quarterback Geno Smith, the future success rests on the untapped abilities of freshman Ford Childress and sophomore Paul Millard.

Millard seriously awaits his turn - Charleston Gazette
"I don't want to put the team in a position where if Geno goes down and I come into the game, things have to change,'' Millard said.

Miles' Position Switch Shows Selflessness, Leadership - WVillustrated
Redshirt senior moves to fullback after four years at linebacker in last chance to make an impact for Mountaineers.

After third knee injury, West Virginia's Jenkins more than ready to play - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"It's night and day. It's not even close to what it was last spring at this time," Bedenbaugh said. "It's them maturing, them understanding me. It's not even close to where it was last year."

Clarke Looking to Step Up - MSNsportsNET.Com
And with more than 100 student-athletes on the team and only 11 players on the field at one time, you can be sure there are plenty of players ready and willing to take on the workload.

WVU football: For Bruce, other sports have helped linebacker - Charleston Daily Mail
Isaiah Bruce is a coach's dream and a coach's dilemma.

HERTZEL COLUMN: A little fighting doesn’t hurt - Times West Virginian
“Tavon talks more crap than anyone on this team,” Holgorsen pointed out.

Joe DeForest and Keith Patterson - Mountaineer TV
Co-defensive coordinators Joe DeForest and Keith Patterson talk about Thursday's practice.

Shannon Dawson - Mountaineer TV
Offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson talks about the evolution of senior wide receiver Tavon Austin.

Photos: Day Nine Of Spring Ball - WVMETRONEWS.COM


Expanding The Footprint To New Jersey - WVMETRONEWS.COM
WVU has gotten some recruits from New Jersey before, but they haven’t been too relevant there in the past

Around the League (and Beyond):

Big 12 Helmet History - MG Helmets
Click on each team's logo to see their helmets through time

2012 Big 12 Football Power Ranking: Spring Camper Assessment - Burnt Orange Nation
The BON staff tackles a spring practice power ranking of Big 12 football teams including a team-by-team assessment. Lot's of detailed goodies in this report you don't want to miss.

Kansas Football Spring Football Outlook: Fullbacks - Rock Chalk Talk

OSU remains committed to Athletic Village plan despite losses - Tulsa World

New faces show up on Red Raiders defense - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

Big year ahead for K-State QB Klein - Topeka Capital Journal

Oklahoma Football Spring Game: Shining Moments In April Don't Necessarily Mean Shining Moments In The Fall - Crimson And Cream Machine

TCU looks for young LBs to step up next to veteran - Star-Telegram

Johnson's strong record led TCU to pursue coach - Star-Telegram
TCU has a new hoops coach

The Big 12 As Rap Songs - Cowboys Ride For Free

What's On Tap:

Get your tickets for the 2012 Gold-Blue Spring Football Game, presented by Kroger, at Milan Puskar Stadium on Saturday, April 21, 2012. Tickets are only $10 and a portion of the proceeds benefit WVU Children's Hospital.

Video of Interest:

Holgorsen Presser via BGN:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Have I ever mentioned how fond I am of Scarlett?

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is American model Jessica Dykstra. Click on the picture for today's gallery.


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