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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Wednesday (8/15/12) Edition


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Sorry for the delay, folks (network issues at work). Today the freshman and other newcomers are featured prominently, along with plenty of player interviews. We also have an NFL update from WVUPros, your daily Big 12 roundup and much more...

What You May Have Missed:

G&BN: Freshmen All Around - WVMETRONEWS.COM
It's all freshmen and newcomers in Wednesday's show

WVU football: WVU site rebranded, ticket hub is created - Charleston Daily Mail
Another website Mountaineer fans might find interesting is, a ticket exchange website created by Jason Cantrell, who is an assistant principal at Herbert Hoover.

WVU offense looks to thrive - Charleston Gazette/AP
Smith knows he wasn't perfect last season.

Getting to know U(niversities): West Virginia University - Frogs O' War
Frogs O'War turns the microscope on West Virginia to see what the Mountaineers have been up to before winding up in the Big 12.

Tuesday NFL Quick Hits: Reynaud and Johnson Getting Love From Local Media - WVU Pros
Updates on Darius Reynaud and Will Johnson.

News of Note:

Some talented freshmen bid for berths on starting teams - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
There are five freshmen looking for playing time at receiver, newcomers hold backup slots at both offensive guard positions, freshmen provide depth for the defensive line and two freshmen defensive backs are starting at the safety positions.

Newcomers Try to Find Their Way - WVMETRONEWS.COM
For freshman and junior college players entering the WVU program there is a lot to take in during the first few weeks of pre-season camp.

A Double Dose Of Freshmen - WVMETRONEWS.COM
While WVU head football coach Dana Holgorsen said the freshmen players are still unpolished, he picked out receiver Jordan Thompson and safety Karl Joseph as two standouts. Senior quarterback Geno Smith agreed with Holgorsen on Tuesday.

Kyeremeh Coming Through Early - BGN
Daron Roberts would like to make you believe he knew what he had in freshman cornerback Nana Kyeremeh all along.

Warm reception for new WVU wideouts - Charleston Gazette
"They all have the ability to [play]," said WVU quarterback Geno Smith. "Now it's just on the mental side.

Linemen Brown, Glowinski getting glowing reports - Charleston Gazette
In order to compete with schools like Texas and Oklahoma, schools that annually fare well in recruiting big men, the Mountaineers need to stock up on big bodies.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Dillon set for the big stage - Times West Virginian
There are other items that he brings to the table that make you believe he’s got the makings of the next Robert Sands, not the least of which is that he, too, is from Florida.

Freshman Receiver Drawing Praise From Holgorsen - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
Thompson ready to prove himself

A fresh feel on the field for WVU - Register-Herald
Holgorsen wants the new guys on the field, but he also doesn’t want to waste a player’s eligibility. Holgorsen used junior wide receiver Ivan McCartney as a prime example of what can go wrong.

WVU football: Mathis latest Miramar product to join Mountaineers - Charleston Daily Mail
He is now teammates with former Patriots Geno Smith, Stedman Bailey and Ivan McCartney.

Just call WVU line Big Three - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
seniors Joe Madsen, Jeff Braun and Josh Jenkins look to anchor a front wall that is expected to lead one of the top offenses in the country this fall.

Living Up to Expectations -
Shaq Rowell will be the first to admit that his junior season at West Virginia in 2011 didn’t quite live up to expectations.

WVU's Austin dynamic - Martinsburg Journal
Tavon Austin gained ground four different ways last season for West Virginia University to lead the nation in all-purpose yards.

WVU football: Woods confident, feels comfortable in offense - Charleston Daily Mail
"I was never worried about my spot. Not one bit," he said. "I always thought I could be the one who would play when needed."

Football Player Quotes -
West Virginia University football player quotes during Tuesday's media session at Milan Puskar Stadium:

WVU Newcomers Meet with the Media - WVillustrated
Glowinski, Orlosky, Will Johnson, Copeland, Brown, Mathis and Pankey

Video: Football Interviews 8/14 - BGN
Pankey, Will Clarke, Stedman & Will Johnson

More WVU Football Player Interviews - WVillustrated
Alston, Rigg, Geno, Squirt, Woods, Dillon, Stedman, Robinson and Rumph

Around the League (and Beyond):

Big 12 preseason position rankings: WR - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
Top 2

A look at Baylor: Bears out to prove wins aren't over with RGIII's exit - Dallas Morning News

More production expected out of d-line - Ames Tribune

Notebook: Weis looks to build flexibility in offensive line -

Kansas State confident in QB Klein's ability - Fox Sports Midwest

OU Football 2012: Updates Following Coaches Meeting With The Media On Tuesday - Crimson And Cream Machine

Cowboys about to set another mark for winning in 2012 - Cowboys Ride For Free

Texas Football 2012: First Fall Camp Scrimmage Report - Burnt Orange Nation

TCU Announces "Frog Vision": The Digital Platform For All Tier 3 Media and More - Frogs O' War

Red Raider Gridiron | Tuberville Evaluates First Scrimmage Performance - Double-T Nation

25 things to watch: From debating No. 1 to Penn State to the next RG3 -

2012's New College Football Uniforms: Your Complete Fall Plumage Guide -

Sabanization of college football spreading Nick Saban's Process - Andy Staples -

Video of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Hump Day Video of the Week:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a Spanish stunner. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Ariadne Artiles.