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What You May Have Missed:
Blog: Football - WVUsports.com
Awards for Braun and Geno
Is Geno ready to strike a pose? - Charleston Gazette
Maybe not, but WVU QB is Heisman front-runner
News of Note:
Tavon Austin continues to use his small frame to make big plays - Baltimore Sun
The Dunbar grad will lead West Virginia this weekend against Maryland
Austin, Diggs cut from same cloth - Times West Virginian
But this sidebar, this game within the game, this battle between the Mountaineers’ flashy senior wide receiver/kick returner Tavon Austin and Maryland wunderkind Stefon Diggs, has potential to turn it into an electric afternoon.
HERTZEL COLUMN: Austin feels he made right choice - Times West Virginian
“The main thing was I saw something on the Internet that said I was going to play cornerback, and it kind of scared me,” he admitted.
WVU Needs to Apply Pressure - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Pair an inexperienced quarterback with an inexperienced offensive line and you wind up with Maryland's current quandary: 10 sacks allowed through three games.
West Virginia offensive line's priority: Keep QB clean - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"If that was last year, it may have been acceptable," Bedenbaugh said. "This year, there's totally different expectations. We prepared well throughout the week, for whatever reason we had some miscommunications."
No. 7 West Virginia hopes to keep rolling against Maryland - Daily Athenaeum
The No. 7 West Virginia football team has averaged 60 points per game over its last three games.
Maryland Terrapins-West Virginia Mountaineers Preview: Terps Look to Break WVU Losing Streak - Testudo Times
Maryland meets West Virginia looking to get their first win over the 'Eers since 2004. Unfortunately, it's not looking very likely.
Maryland Injury Report: Tate, Hendy, Vellano Probable for WVU - Testudo Times
Two defensive stars are looking likely to play against West Virginia, according to Maryland's injury report.
Maryland Game Historically Important - WVUsports.com
One by one, West Virginia’s traditional Eastern football rivals have fallen by the wayside
Mountaineer seniors want to end careers perfect against Maryland - Bluefield Daily Telegraph
Geno Smith has never lost to the Terps.
Decision to play offense at West Virginia pays off for Winters Mill grad Jeff Braun - Baltimore Sun
The instruction to Jeff Braun was simple: Go where your heart chooses. The speaker, former West Virginia football coach Bill Stewart, was letting the freshman from Winters Mill choose his path. Play defense or switch to the offensive line.
Coach always thinking of ways to evolve offense - Charleston Daily Mail
Holgorsen is going to adjust his offense in such a way that it's broad enough to adapt to the personnel, but focused enough to still do what it does best.
The Secret to the WVU Offense Is Its Simplicity - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
Seeing these results, you'd think Holgorsen's a mad scientist concocting things that have never been done.
Holgorsen wants his team to play harder - Register-Herald
Mountaineers to host Terps Saturday
WVU offense not seeing many blitzes - Charleston Gazette
There was a point last season - much of last season, in fact - when Geno Smith was just getting hammered by opposing defenses.
Bailey grateful for chance to keep relationship with Geno - Register-Herald
“We’re old buddies,” said the 5-foot-10, 195-pound junior. “It was fun playing with Geno back home and also is fun playing with him here.
Freshman receiver ready when needed - Charleston Daily Mail
"When you're called on, you have to produce and make a big play," Thompson said.
WVU freshman unfazed on field by diabetes - Charleston Daily Mail
How things started the previous Sunday didn't point toward that outcome. Dillon was in the hospital.
Cody Clay Finds Role in WVU Offense - WVillustrated
West Virginia native moves all over Mountaineer depth chart before landing at fullback.
Campbell Makes First College Catch Memorable - WVillustrated
Redshirt Freshman Dante Campbell caught his first pass and first touchdown on the same play. He does not intend for that moment to define his season.
Around the League (and Beyond):
What's On Tap:
Women's Soccer's Big 12 Debut - WVUsports.com
The Mountaineers will face Texas Tech on Friday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m. in their first-ever Big 12 contest.
Maryland Terrapins vs. (8) West Virginia Mountaineers - Preview - ESPN
Noon Saturday from Milan Puskar Stadium on FX. Mountaineers are giving 26.
Video of Interest:
Tailgate Recipe of the Week:
- 1 1/2 poundmeat
- 2 3/4 teaspoon salt, in all
- 3/4 teaspoon cayenne, in all
- 6 cups water
- 1 stick butter
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1 1/2 cup chopped onions
- 2 tablespoons minced shallots
- 1/4 cup chopped bell peppers
- 1/4 cup chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon dried leaf thyme
- 2 tablespoons minced garlic
- 1 cup chopped
- 1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
- 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 cup dry sherry
- 1/4 cup chopped
- 1/2 cup chopped green onions
- 4 hard boiled eggs, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons chopped green onions
- 2 tablespoons chopped hard boiled eggs
Put the turtle meat in a largewith 1 teaspoon of salt, 1/4 teaspoon cayenne and the water. Bring to a boil. Skim off any foam that rises to the top. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for 20 minutes. With a slotted spoon transfer the meat to a platter. Cut the meat into 1/2 inch dice and reserve the liquid. In another large sauce pan, combine the and flour over medium heat, stirring constantly for 6 to 8 minutes to make a dark roux. Add the onions, , and celery. Stir occasionally and cook for 2 to 3 minutes until the vegetables are slightly tender. Add the bay leaves, thyme and garlic, cook for 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes and the turtle meat. Cook for 5 to 6 minutes stirring occasionally. Add the , the remaining salt and cayenne, the turtle stock (about 6 cups) , and . Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the parsley, green onions, and eggs and simmer for 45 minutes. with and chopped eggs.
Recipe reprinted from FoodNetwork.com
Video of (Dis)Interest:
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