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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Thursday (8/30/12) Edition

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T-Minus 2 Days

The regular game previews have started to trickle in to go along with more player features. WVU had it's first Big 12 Conference competition last night and drew a record crowd in a loss to Texas on the volleyball court. Caleb previews tonight's NFL action with several Mountaineers fighting for roster spots. We also have your daily Big 12 roundup and...REAL FOOTBALL RETURNS TONIGHT!!!! All of this and more...

What You May Have Missed:

Mountaineers Fall to Texas -
The West Virginia University volleyball team dropped its first Big 12 match to No.2-ranked Texas 3-0 (25-15, 25-18, 25-16) tonight, at the WVU Coliseum.

Record Volleyball Crowd for Big 12 Debut - WVMETRONEWS.COM
a record crowd of 3,112 turned out to see it

Poll finds residents want Coal Bowl to continue - Charleston Daily Mail
But how wide of an area was the sample? I'd honestly like to know.

WVUPros NFL Preseason Week 4 Preview: Thursday - WVU Pros
We have huge slate of games to close out the NFL Preseason involving several Mountaineers battling for roster spots.

News of Note:

West Virginia vs. Marshall Game Preview - WVillustrated
The Mountaineers take on the Thundering Herd in the 2012 season opener.

Holgorsen hoping to see better effort vs. Herd - Charleston Gazette
And that leads to the obvious answer, too, which is that West Virginia is a bigger game for Marshall than the Marshall game is for West Virginia.

WVU football: Coaches ready for anything in Coal Bowl - Charleston Daily Mail
The trick of a season opener such as the one WVU will encounter Saturday against Marshall in the Coal Bowl is that one team never knows for sure what the other team planned during the weeks or months leading up to the game.

Mountaineers defense a mix of old, new - Charleston Gazette
New scheme, new players, new coaches, new attitude; depth, pass coverage, pass rush - pick an issue, any issue.

QB Smith has trust in Mountaineer backfield - Daily Athenaeum
"(I have an) extreme amount of trust for (the running backs)," he said

Ranking the Big 12's top 25 players: No. 3 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
Tavon makes the top 3

Big 12 lands one All-American - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
West Virginia receiver Tavon Austin.

Austin: 'Marshall Should Have Won' - WVMETRONEWS.COM
For West Virginia’s Tavon Austin, memories of the 2010 matchup against the Herd in Huntington are still rather fresh.

WVU will get Herd’s best shot - Martinsburg Journal
"So we'll get their best on Saturday. We'll have to play good to win."

WVU line forms strong bond - Times West Virginian
“This is as tight a unit as I’ve been around,” said the veteran assistant offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh. “It’s guys from five different states, five different types of people really, but they all get together and hang out together.

In-state matchup important to local players - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
WVU’s Jenkins excited to return to football field after year off

HERTZEL COLUMN: Defensive duo learns their lesson - Times West Virginian
Darwin Cook and Terence Garvin weren’t exactly Bonnie and Clyde.

Jenkins, Miller step up for WVU - Daily Athenaeum
They’ll be in the spotlight Saturday when the Mountaineers open the season at home against Marshall.

WVU's Isaiah Bruce Preps for First Start - WVillustrated
Redshirt freshman expected to line up with first team defense in first collegiate game.

WVU kicker looking to rebound in 2012 - Register-Herald
Corey Smith knows that being a fraction off can make a difference kicking a football.

Fresh faces: West Virginia Mountaineers - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
They just might be household names by season's end.

Thompson a Two-Star Find - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Freshman receiver Jordan Thompson was overlooked by most major-college recruiters and figures to be overlooked by defenses this season.

Going Green - Charleston Gazette
Former WVU coaches say there's no time for sentimentality

Coach: ‘It’s good for the state’ - Register-Herald
Holliday not downplaying Coal Bowl’s significance

Marshall coach knows WVU well - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
Holliday was the recruiting director when the Mountaineers’ 2009 freshman class was ranked No. 22 in the nation by

Around the League (and Beyond):

Keeping the running game going in 2012 sans RGIII - Our Daily Bears

KU linemen Sterling, Tavai among new arrivals to earn starting jobs -

Tulsa over ISU? Don't bet on it, Cyclones say - WCF Courier

Evans ready to wreak havoc with K-State defense - Kansas City Star

OU Football 2012: Wednesday Post Practice News Developments - Crimson And Cream Machine

Oklahoma State football: Linebacker depth a big plus - Oklahoman

Chris Whaley Has Taken Unlikely Path To Defensive Tackle - Burnt Orange Nation

Casey Pachall gives Horned Frogs QB play they can count on - Dallas-Fort Worth Star Telegram

Raiders eager to erase memory of bad 2011 - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

College Football Mailbag - Stewart Mandel -

What's On Tap:

(9) South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Vanderbilt Commodores - Preview - ESPN
College football returns tonight from Vandy Stadium at 7 pm ET on ESPN. Cocks are giving 6.5 (that seems about average)

Video of Interest:

MSN's Tony Caridi sat down with WVU Head Coach Dana Holgorsen to discuss the Mountaineers' opening game against Marshall.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

WVU sneaks a couple in here:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown continues the Brazilian tradition in this slot. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Izabel Goulart.