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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Wednesday (9/12/12) Edition


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Coach Holgorsen held his weekly presser yesterday (we have video and quotes) and it seems from his point of view that the team won't take JMU lightly. There are also plenty of notebooks, player features and interviews, several coaches interviews and more to peruse today. Caleb has updates on the Mountaineers in the NFL after week 1, plus, we have the usual Big 12 roundup and much more...

What You May Have Missed:

Magazine rates WVU 11th for best tailgate parties - Charleston Daily Mail/AP
"Tailgater Monthly" ranks WVU No. 11 for best tailgating atmosphere on college football game days.

Blog: Football -
Presser quotes and NFL update

Blog: Baseball -
Stadium TIF approved and Big 12 slate

Princeton Interchange to Be Named After Thorn -
On Sunday, Sept. 23, the U.S. Route 460 interchange on the West Virginia Turnpike leading into Princeton will be named "All-American Rod Thorn Interchange" in honor of Thorn’s successful athletic career.

WVUPros NFL Week 1 Recap: NFC: Bruce Irvin, J.T. Thomas, Keith Tandy - WVU Pros
The first week of the NFL regular season is in the books. Here is a look at how three Mountaineers playing for teams in the NFC fared.

WVUPros NFL Week 1 Recap: AFC - Reynaud, Mundy, Johnson, Lankster, McAfee - WVU Pros
We recap how Mountaineers playing for AFC teams performed in NFL Week 1 action.

HERTZEL COLUMN: The risks of playing big time football - Times West Virginian
He coaches from a wheelchair, paralyzed from the neck down, the result of an incredible series of events where he broke his neck twice in separate automobile accidents in August of 2003.

News of Note:

Dwight Wallace James Madison Preview -
MSN radio analyst Dwight Wallace breaks down Saturday's James Madison game to be played at FedEx Field in Landover, Md.

No such thing as a sure thing - Charleston Gazette
Holgorsen doesn't want WVU to be an FBS vs. FCS statistic

WVU football: Coach says players excited to play game - Charleston Daily Mail
"I was worried about that, from the standpoint of having an off week this early in the year and getting away from our routine, which is what concerned me. But I liked the team's mentality as far as wanting to get back out there, wanting to practice and looking forward to playing another game."

Bye-Week Practices Suited Holgorsen - WVMETRONEWS.COM
West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen was initially concerned about his team "losing routine" during a Week 2 bye, but two physical practices calmed his worries.

Holgorsen Happy With WVU Mentality - BGN
After watching a dominant season opener, West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen isn't overly concerned that his players will be negatively impacted by an early bye week.

WVU Prepares for Home Away from Home - WVillustrated
Logistics of game at FedEx Field have Dana Holgorsen preparing for both a home and a road game all at once.

WVU ready to get back to business - Register-Herald
"I like our team’s mentality," said Holgorsen. "They wanted to get back out there and get back in the routine, as well as play another game.

West Virginia not overlooking James Madison - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"Virginia Tech is not the only team that has lost to an FCS team, and we don't want to be a team that does it,"

Holgorsen says WVU can’t look past JMU - Inter-Mountain
Coach reminding his team of Dukes’ upset win over Virgina Tech

Dukes on agenda for WVU - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
The James Madison Dukes enter their second-ever meeting with the old gold and blue fresh off a 42-3 pounding of Alcorn State while WVU took the week off after speeding past Marshall in its season opener by a 69-34 margin.

WVU tackling biggest issue - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
What Holgorsen will say at this point is that his defense remains a work in progress.

Isaiah Bruce taking advantage of starting job, surprising teammates and coaches - Daily Athenaeum
There wasn’t an overwhelming sense of anticipation surrounding redshirt freshman linebacker Isaiah Bruce’s Mountaineer debut heading into West Virginia’s season opener against Marshall Sept. 1.

McCartney looked to teammates to work through adversity - Daily Athenaeum
When the West Virginia football team’s depth chart was released toward the end of August, there was one notable absence on it.

O-Line Mantra: 'No One Wants to Be Soft' - WVMETRONEWS.COM
"We had 29 practices before this season and none of them were bad," Bedenbaugh said. "First time that's ever happened for me."

Offensive line wants to be better - Charleston Daily Mail
Casazza's Notebook

WVU prepares for James Madison - Times West Virginian
Hertzel's Notebook

WVU cash, MU splash and Big 12 mishmash - Charleston Gazette
Vingle's Notebook

Video: Football Interviews 9/11 - BGN
Rigg, Coaches Dawson & Gillespie, plus Geno

WVU Offensive Interviews - WVillustrated
Clarke, Coaches Gillespie & Dawson, Alston, Buie, Braun, Sticks and Geno

WVU Defensive Interviews - WVillustrated
Miller, GA McGee, Coach DeForest, Garvin and Jenkins

Power Rankings, Heisman Updates, Etc:

Week 3 Big 12 power rankings - National Football Post
#2 here

Big 12 power rankings: Iowa State handling underdog role; eyes on KU/TCU - Sporting News
#4 here

Arkansas, Wisconsin tumble out of Top 25 after Week 2 upsets - Andy Staples -
Andy's Power Rankings, up one to #6

BMOC surveys the Heisman race, Savannah carnage and more - ESPN
Geno Heisman talk included

P.S.R. Heisman Watch: Week 3 - Pre-Snap Read
Geno's #4 here

Wisconsin, Arkansas upsets hurt Heisman Watch hopefuls - Cory McCartney -
#2 here

Around the League (and Beyond):

Ground Numbers Pile Up For Big 12 - BGN/AP

Baylor Finalizes Non-Conference Schedules Through 2019 - Our Daily Bears

Cyclone offense wants to become a closer - Ames Tribune

Turnaround at KU is in Weis’ sights - Kansas City Star

Snyder: Wildcats make progress in second game - Topeka Capital Journal

OU Football 2012: Assessing The Sooners Current Redshirt Situation - Crimson And Cream Machine

Oklahoma State Cowboys Opponent Preview 3: University of Louisiana - Cowboys Ride For Free

Texas Football 2012: Wide Receivers Blocking Better Downfield - Burnt Orange Nation

Horned Frogs ready to make Big 12 debut - Fox Sports Southwest

Red Raider Gridiron | Gearing Up for New Mexico - Double-T Nation

First-and-10: Arkansas' coaching misstep could have been avoided - Sporting News

What's On Tap:

Sports Illustrated episode 2 preview: The Road Taken - Video -
Coach Roberts feature 9 pm ET tonight on NBC Sports

Video of Interest:

West Virginia University football coach Dana Holgorsen's Tuesday afternoon news conference at Milan Puskar Stadium. Sept. 11, 2012.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Is that a Titleist?

Hump Day Video of the Week:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is model/singer from Brooklyn, NY. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Melanie Iglesias.