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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Tuesday (8/14/12) Edition


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Yesterday, Coach Holgorsen allowed the press to see some live 11-on-11 drills for the first (only?) time. Needless to say, they were extremely happy to see it. In the presser (we have it embedded) later in the evening, Coach touched on the avoidance of any academic casualties over the summer, freshmen making impact on the 2 deep lineup, yet cautioned about a few who aren't quite ready yet. We also have a report on the fundraising efforts to field a golf team, WVUPros updates us on J.T Thomas and Chris Neild, your Big 12 roundup and much, much more...

What You May Have Missed:

G&BN: First Great, Second Terrible - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Dana Holgerson talks about his offense, QB Coach Jake Spavital talks about how prepared Geno Smith is and Jay Drury talks about what games the "Pride of West Virginia" will go to.

Dana Holgorsen Quotes: Monday -
Transcript here, video embedded below

Quotes from Coach: A WVU Miracle - WVillustrated
Holgorsen updates academic issues and progress at a variety of positions on offense.

NCAA College Football Power Rankings Preseason - ESPN
#9, as revealed last week, but here's the entire top 25

Big 12 moves differ for WVU, TCU - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
"One of the challenges they have is the same challenge we had going to the Mountain West," Patterson said. "You're traveling so far, it's hard for a lot of people to go with you."

Hitting the Course - Martinsburg Journal
As the West Virginia Mountaineers enter the Big 12, the athletic department will have a series of adjustments and changes. One of which is expected to happen in 2014 in the addition of a golf program.

Tuesday NFL Quick Hits: Chris Neild Injury, J.T. Thomas Promotion - WVU Pros
We have a few updates on Chris Neild and J.T. Thomas.

News of Note:

Holgorsen: 'O' linemen not ready - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
We'll keep repping them. And we won't talk about a redshirt situation here for the next few weeks."

Putting it all on the line - Charleston Gazette
Offensive front goes from maligned to team anchor

Smith’s play a weighty issue - Register-Herald
West Virginia quarterback comfortable after gaining 11 pounds

Spavital: QBs Improving -
"Having five arms, it’s beneficial for Geno and Paul not getting as many reps," admitted quarterbacks coach Jake Spavital.

D-line is still hardest spot to recruit - Charleston Daily Mail
I want guys who are tall enough to grow to where they can handle themselves. If you get a 6-foot guy who can move, how much bigger is he going to get? If you get a 6-5 guy who can move, he can put weight on."

A few surprises on WVU's No. 1 defense - Charleston Gazette
Perhaps more revealing than the plays themselves were the lineups.

WVU freshmen look to play key roles - Charleston Daily Mail
The freshman class, which has summer enrollees speaking to the media for the first time today, could have a starter at safety and inside receiver for the 11th-ranked Mountaineers and supply depth at running back, inside and outside receiver, offensive line, defensive line, linebacker, cornerback, safety and even kicker.

Holgorsen doesn’t like scrimmages - Charleston Gazette
Hickman's Notebook

WVU hopes to live up to hype during 2012 season - Times West Virginian
Hertzel's notebook

Live Snaps And An Academic 'Miracle' - WVMETRONEWS.COM
In all, the Mountaineers had about 50 live snaps on the day.

Quick Hits: Team Football Highlights Monday's Drills - WVillustrated
Holgorsen surprises the media with a random outbreak of 11-on-11 football on the grass in Morgantown.

PHOTOS: WVU Football Training Camp August 13, 2012 - WVillustrated

Monday Preseason Practice Photos - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Around the League (and Beyond):

Video: 2012 Big 12 slogan - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Know Your Enemy: Texas Christian University - Wide Right & Natty Lite
Can't wait to see what they'll have for us later

Future clarity at Baylor, none at Iowa State - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

What To Make Of The Latest Offensive Line Changes - Rock Chalk Talk

K-State’s Wilson becomes more than a fullback - Wichita Eagle

What Mike Stoops is up to - Crimson And Cream Machine

3 Possible Scenarios for the 2012 Oklahoma State Football Team - Cowboys Ride For Free

Texas Football 2012: Bryan Harsin Talks Offense - Burnt Orange Nation

2012 Preview: Duo Keys Ground Game - Frogs O' War

Texas A&M Transfer OG Brian Thomas Leaves Program - Double-T Nation

Texas, USC among teams that can end SEC BCS title game streak - Stewart Mandel -
Is WVU among them?

Video of Interest:

Coach Holgorsen spoke about what his coaching staff is doing to prepare the team for their first upcoming game, as well as what players are standing out so far throughout camp.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

There have been others, but holy crap...

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is Australian model Jessica Cribbon. CLICK HERE for today's gallery.