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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Friday (8/10/12) Edition


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Today we have practice reports, Holgorsen's presser, some info on kicking changes, notes on the hoops slate, your Big 12 roundup and much more. Who's coming to Fan Day, Sunday?

What You May Have Missed:

Dana Holgorsen News Conference -
Transcript here, video embedded below

Holgorsen shows his new-age dimension - Charleston Gazette
Holgorsen, though, is new age not only in his offensive philosophy, but other aspects. For instance, he was refreshingly candid when asked about areas of comfort and discomfort.

WVU fans 'huddle' up with Caridi - Martinsburg Journal
Caridi gave the attendees insight about the Mountaineers new conference and also shed light on the significance of the change. Preseason Power Rankings 2012 - ESPN

Preview 2012: Hardest Stadiums To Win In - College Football News

Big 12 basketball slate looks just as tough as Big East for WVU - Charleston Gazette
News flash, though: Life in the Big 12 isn't going to be much different.

News of Note:

What West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith has to do to win the Heisman -
We released the 2012 Preseason Heisman Watch on Monday. Now it's time to go into further detail on the Heisman chances of each of the top 10 candidates. Our next candidate is West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith, who is No. 7 on our list.

WVU’s offense evolves for Big 12 - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
Big 12, take note. The Mountaineers’ offense is diversified and explosive.

Coaching Energy On Day Seven - WVMETRONEWS.COM
It’s something every team looks for and hopes to see the entire season.

Players getting excited about practice - Charleston Daily Mail
"What I like is it became more competitive and there was more energy as the practice went on," Coach Dana Holgorsen said

Rules prompt Mountaineers to alter onside kick schemes - Charleston Daily Mail
The receiving team can now call for a fair catch on a ball that has hit the ground once, which eliminates the most popular way kicking teams had to recover onside kicks.

Mountaineers’ line combines veterans, rookies - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Jenkins one of three seniors who provide experience

Mountaineers seek depth, versatility at linebacker - Charleston Gazette
Keith Patterson and the rest of West Virginia's defensive coaches are experimenting a lot during the opening weeks of preseason camp.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Believe it or not, Big 12 can run - Times West Virginian
“To win the Big 12 and be a champion anywhere you have to stop the run.”

Numbers Show WVU Progress in Summer Workouts - WVillustrated
Mike Joseph and staff hand over the reins to the coaches after developing the Mountaineers in the summer.

Paul Millard - Mountaineer TV
Back-up quarterback Paul Millard discusses what practice has been like, and how he feels about competing for the starting job next season.

Video: Oklahoma Drill - BGN
As has become a fixture at practices in full pads, West Virginia began its Thursday workout with an exercise focused on one-on-one battles and physicality -- the Oklahoma drill.

Photos: WVU Training Camp Day 8 - WVillustrated

Around the League (and Beyond):

Big 12 Coaches Talk Anonymously About Conference Foes -
Candid, yet nothing inflammatory or earth shattering

Johnson ready to contribute for Cyclones - WCF Courier

New KU LB has history with Crist, Weis - Topeka Capital-Journal

Wildcats’ Lockett is back after scary injury last year - Kansas City Star

OU Football 2012: Sooners Get The SB Nation Preview Treatment - Crimson And Cream Machine

Mike Gundy ‘pushing’ for orange helmets at Oklahoma State - NewsOK

SB Nation's 2012 Texas Longhorns Preview - Barking Carnival

Gary Patterson's temperature soars after Horned Frogs' 'poor' practice Wednesday - Dallas-Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Looking over Baylor's Updated Roster-- Defense - Our Daily Bears

Red Raider Gridiron | Sonny Cumbie and Chris Thomsen Discuss Offense - Double-T Nation

College Football Mailbag - Stewart Mandel -

What's On Tap:

Mountaineer Football Fan Day - WVUsports.Com
The annual Mountaineer Fan Day will be Sunday, August 12, 2012, at the Caperton Indoor Practice Facility on the south side of Milan Puskar Stadium.

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Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a VS Angel from Hungary. HERE is today's gallery of the stunning Barbara Palvin.