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Mountaineer Morning Links: Friday (4/12/13) Edition

Holgorsen's presser, "depth chart", player features, baseball & soccer action this weekend, pre-draft news, Big 12 roundup & more


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Friday, April 12 - WV MetroNews
Dana Holgorsen gives an update on spring practice, Montverde Acadamy head caoch Kevin Boyle talks about WVU recruit Devin Williams, and Ryan Arrowood talks about coaching in the Scott Brown Classic.

Izzo-Brown to Coach U.S. U-20 Camp - WVU Athletics
Nikki Izzo-Brown will serve as an assistant at the U.S. U-20 National Team training camp from April 13-20.

Geno Smith, Tavon Austin projected in Top 10 by - WVU Pros
Four out of the last five NFL drafts have featured a team with at least two draft picks in the Top 10. In 2012 it was Alabama. In 2011 it was Alabama and Missouri. In 2010 it was Oklahoma, who had three picks in the top four. In 2008 it was USC. In 2013? It could be WVU.

DeSean: Vick would be OK with Eagles drafting Geno Smith - Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia
“I have been hearing about that, honestly, too,” Jackson said.

2013 NFL Mock Draft 5.0 - Don Banks -
13 & 16

White's journey from NFL bust to Redskins remarkable, improbable -
Pat White was an NFL prospect ahead of his read-option time. He was gone just as fast, and Jason La Canfora recounts White's journey back.

Furfari: Popovich had fine major-league career - Register-Herald
So the young man, who had played two years of both basketball and baseball at West Virginia University in 1959-60, is listed in his 11-year Major League resume as one hit and a 1,000 batting average for 1964.

News of Note:

Coach Dana Holgorsen News Conference - WVU Athletics
Video (also below) and transcript quotes

WVU's 'very tentative' depth chart out - Charleston Gazette
No big surprises as Mountaineers release initial spring listing

HERTZEL COLUMN: Dana: ‘Nobody thinks we’re any good’ - Times West Virginian
“Obviously,” he says, “there’s a long way to go on all three sides of the ball.”

Quick Hits: Don Nehlen Takes in WVU Practice - WVillustrated
Former head coach on hand as Mountaineers run a special teams drill and Pat Eger returns to action.

Spring Practice Report Day 11 -
The session began like the majority of the practices to this point with the quarterbacks taking one end of the field to work on basic drills, while the rest of the team met at midfield to stretch.

WVU Staff Teaching Mountaineer Mentality This Spring - WVillustrated
Find out what's on the lesson plan during the team's 6 a.m. workouts and why you just may hear Country Roads being sung around the facilities.

Attack and React - BGN
West Virginia has turned the typical defensive mantra of read-and-react on its head. The Mountaineers, under new coordinator Keith Patterson, are in an attack-then-react mode.

Clarke to let play do talking - Times West Virginian
“We have more of an attacking approach this season, compared to the loop stepping we did last year,” Clarke explained.

Transfer Davis getting look at WR - WV MetroNews
Coaches evaluating whether cornerback will remain on the offensive side.

DePalma doesn't mind the pressure of snapping - Charleston Daily Mail
Long snapper liked basketball, but learned to love snapping the ball

A Second Chance for WVU's Cook - WVU Athletics
Senior Darwin Cook's do-over is coming in 2013.


Coach: Devin Williams ‘built like Superman’ - WV MetroNews
The high school head coach of Devin Williams breaks down his game.

Future Mountaineers set to be on display in Beckley -
Fans will have the opportunity to get a sneak peak at the future of the West Virginia basketball program in the 24th annual Scott Brown Classic in Beckley as all four Mountaineers class of 2013 signees will participate in the event.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Baylor Football Official Post-Spring Depth Charts - Our Daily Bears

Return To Transfer Junction - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Kansas Basketball 2013-2014 Hoops Schedule Will be a Tough One - Rock Chalk Talk

K-State QBs competitive, but not yet consistent, in race to replace Klein - Kansas City Star

Some things to keep an eye on in the Sooners' annual spring game - Crimson And Cream Machine

Cowboys to have same approach but different philosophy - Oklahoman (autoplay)

University of Texas Board of Regents to turn over all documents to the legislature - Barking Carnival

The Big 2012-2013: TCU's lost year - Frogs O' War

Red Raider Gridiron | Hays Talks Humble Beginnings, While Wheeler and Davis Impress - Viva The Matadors

What's On Tap:

Mountaineers hope to keep momentum going in three-game series against Liberty - Daily Athenaeum
The West Virginia baseball team will travel to Lynchburg, Va., this weekend for a nonconference three-game series against Liberty.

West Virginia set for three-game weekend - Daily Athenaeum
The West Virginia women’s soccer team will play its second, third and fourth game of the short spring season this weekend as it competes against Pittsburgh, Ohio State and St. Francis.

Video of Interest:

Eleven practices through spring camp, Coach Holgorsen spoke to the media on the progress of the team before the annual spring game, which will be held April 20 at 2pm.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a model from 'Merica. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Martha Hunt.