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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Thursday (8/16/12)


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 Sports Illustrated.

Again, sorry for the delay from the usual time, but plenty to go through. We have more on the new guys, SI previews, Big 12 roundup, WVUPros and much more...

What You May Have Missed:

Alabama, USC, LSU headline SI 2012 Preseason Top 25 -

Geno Smith, Tavon Austin lead West Virginia 2012 team preview -
Full preview here

SB Nation's Preseason All-America Team -
Geno and Tavon got Honorable Mentions

New West Virginia kid on the Big 12's block has league's attention - San Antonio Express-News
The legend of Geno Smith and the potent West Virginia Mountaineers' offense precedes them before their first Big 12 season.

Huff can’t wait for WVU-JMU game - Register-Herald
Huff, whose No. 75 is one of only two retired numbers in WVU football history, will be honored during the Virginia 529 College Savings Classic on Sept. 15 when the Mountaineers meet up with James Madison University at FedEx Field, the home of the Washington Redskins.

Soccer America Ranks WVU No. 23 -
The West Virginia women’s soccer team received its second ranking of the 2012 season today.

Is Brandon Hogan Close To a Return For the Panthers? - WVU Pros
Brandon Hogan has missed the last couple weeks of Panthers' practice. Is he close to returning?

WVUPros NFL Preseason Week 2 Preview: Thursday - WVU Pros
We take a look at three former Mountaineers who will be in action on Thursday night.

News of Note:

Alston Stays #1 at Running Back - WVMETRONEWS.COM
“Shawne has carried the momentum that he had over from the Orange Bowl and from the spring,” Gillespie said Wednesday morning. “He’s still the lead dog.”

WVU Coaches Confident in Millard’s Abilities - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
Spavital says QB is good at system

Spain likely a starter for WVU - Register-Herald
“Last year when they moved me to the right side, I thought I really had to compete. But this year, I moved to the left tackle position and have been there awhile.

Dillon yet to realize full potential - Charleston Daily Mail
Predator 2?

Freshman receives preseason accoloades - Charleston Daily Mail
Casazza's Notebook

Rick Rumph Follows Path to Success at WVU - WVillustrated
Freshman cornerback running with the twos after taking a difficult road to reach Morgantown.

Mountaineer freshman corner is a late bloomer - Charleston Gazette
At first glance, Ricky Rumph might be one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet in college football.

Secondary To Feature First Year Talent - WVMETRONEWS.COM
“At least four to five corners to go into a game because of the tempo,” he said.

Frosh Kyeremeh shows off unique skills - Times West Virginian
In early workouts this summer, the former Thomas Worthington standout from Worthington, Ohio, a suburb of a city football fans know something about called Columbus, has flown quite high while keeping his feet planted firmly on the ground.

Thompson looks to contribute this season - Inter-Mountain
"They want to get a clean shot at me to see how tough I am," Thompson said.

Woods works way up the ladder - Charleston Gazette
With academic woes behind him, WVU receiver strives for consistency

Among WVU personnel news: Shaq has attacked - Charleston Gazette
"Up front right now we're starting Will Clarke at the end," Slaughter said on Wednesday. "We're starting Shaq Rowell at the nose. We're starting Jorge Wright at the tackle position."

Tackling West Virginia offense can only help the WVU defense - Bluefield Daily Telegraph
Stedman Bailey had a breakout season as a sophomore last season in Dana Holgorsen’s wide-open, pass-happy offense.

WVU Lineman Curtis Feigt Catching the Eyes of his Coaches - WVillustrated
In his second year of playing right tackle, Feigt is starting to fully understand his position.

HERTZEL COLUMN: New kicker Lambert n football vet - Times West Virginian
Kickers are a different breed.

Assistant Coach Quotes -
Quotes here, videos below (linked)

Quoting The Coaches: Day 12 Of Practice - WVMETRONEWS.COM
more from the assistants

WVU Assistant Coach Interviews - WVillustrated
Coaches Roberts, Bedenbaugh, Gillespie and DeForest

Video: Staff Interviews 8/15 - BGN
Coaches Dawson, Roberts and Gillespie

Around the League (and Beyond):

Putting together Big 12 Heisman campaigns - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Big 12 lands two of five SI CFB covers - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
He has all five linked here

Fresh faces: Baylor Bears - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

West big on making plays, not words - Ames Tribune

Weis hiring seen as a bit risky by analyst -

B.J. Finney likes his spot anchoring K-State’s offensive line - Kansas City Star

Video: Toby Rowland Talks 2012 Sooner Football With CCM - Crimson And Cream Machine

Oh where, oh where, has all the talent gone? - Cowboys Ride For Free

Is Texas Going To Use Two Quarterbacks This Season? - Burnt Orange Nation

Red Raiders Football Notebook: White suffers broken foot - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

College Football Mailbag - Stewart Mandel -

Alabama self-reports 27 secondary violations to NCAA -
Before you get excited, only 4 in football

New Big East boss Mike Aresco says league is 'united' -
That's a typo...should read "untied"

North Carolina cheated and prospered, now it's time for reckoning -

What's On Tap:

Freshman moving in and lost parents making traffic in Motown worse yet

Video of Interest:

The WVU Football Fan Day was held Sunday, August 12, 2012. More than four thousand fans came out to get autographs and have photos taken with their favorite Mountaineer players and coaches.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a favorite in these parts. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of the lovely Belen Rodriguez