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Mountaineer Morning Links: Wednesday (4/17/13) Edition

Spring practice reports, player interviews & features, baseball wins, pre-draft news (including WVU Pros), Big 12 roundup & more


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Wednesday, April 17 - WV MetroNews
The quarterbacks talk about their progress in spring and South Charleston head basketball coach Vic Herbert shares his thoughts on the WVU signees.

WVU Picks Up Win in Charleston - WVU Athletics
The WVU baseball team capitalized on multiple mistakes by Morehead State to win 13-5 on Tuesday evening at Appalachian Power Park.

Video: WVU - Morehead State Postgame - BGN
West Virginia's pitching staff didn't have its best outing in the Mountaineers' 13-5 win over Morehead State, but head coach Randy Mazey wasn't totally displeased with its performance

Wiley hopes WVU song will take off - Times West Virginian
OK, it is not "Country Roads". Wiley says it isn’t intended to be.

Pre-Draft News:

Stedman Bailey works out for the St. Louis Rams - WVU Pros
Stedman Bailey added a third team to the list of potential employers on Tuesday when he worked out for the St. Louis Rams.

NFL Draft 2013: Stedman Bailey a '3rd or 4th round pick', according to Gil Brandt - draft expert Gil Brandt believes West Virginia wide receiver Stedman Bailey will be selected in the third or fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

Smith can be good fit in many NFL schemes - Daily Athenaeum
Former West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith has been projected to land anywhere from the second overall pick with the Jacksonville Jaguars to the ninth pick with the New York Jets. Smith will likely be the first quarterback off the board and a top-15 pick.

News of Note:

Video blog: Day 13 - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
Major developments inside!

Quick HIts: WVU Begins Final Week of Spring Practice - WVillustrated
Tuesday's practice was the last time media had a chance to see the West Virginia football team before the Mountaineers take the field for the annual Gold-Blue Game.

Spring Practice Report Day 13 -
Staying with the status quo of spring practice, no one quarterback received more reps than the other through the early-practice drills or later in more structured passing sessions.

First impression gone, WVU has to make most of second chance - (Mike Casazza)
West Virginia missed out on a big change to make a big splash in its inaugural Big 12 season. The Mountaineers are still far from where they want to be, but 2013 is a new beginning.

No room for 'ugly' at QB - Charleston Gazette
WVU's Childress making progress in spring battle with Millard

Quarterback battle is fun to watch - Daily Athenaeum
This spring offers a new realm of excitement for the West Virginia football team.

Mountaineers Work On New Schematics - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
"It's a good scheme," he said. "I think Coach (Keith) Patterson has a good plan for us. It's all about buying in. If everybody buys in, I think we're going to be fine."

Spring game is Saturday - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
However, if you are planning on attending in order to discover the answers to those questions, you might want to keep one very important fact in mind - college coaches never use the final practice of the spring to show to the public what they intend to do during the fall.

For Cook, returning to form is a priority - Charleston Daily Mail
A lot of the coaching applied to safety Darwin Cook this spring has happened on the football field, but not all of it.

Cook: Defense has edge in spring - WV MetroNews
"We’re going to go out there and try to crush ‘em," Cook said. "I know the fans don’t want to see us go out there giving up big bombs, or they’ll be depressed and think it’s going to be the same thing as last year."

DePalma’s keys: Goal post, machine guns, hamstrings - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
You’re damn right long snapper John DePalma has a highlight video.

Cody Clay Emerging As Versatile Threat For WVU - WVillustrated
Clay will line up as a Fullback, Tight End and Inside Receiver this fall.

Moore adjusting to move to receiver - Daily Athenaeum
With the spring practice session winding down and the spring game fast approaching, redshirt junior and Fairmont State transfer Logan Moore will use the offseason as an opportunity to perfect his new craft at the wide receiver position.

Gold-Blue viewing guide, Grantham, more spring football - Charleston Gazette

Football Player Quotes - WVU Athletics
Tuesday evening football player quotes

Video: Football Interviews 4/16 - BGN
Logan Moore and Nana Kyeremeh

VIDEO: WVU Football Player Interviews - WVillustrated
Kyeremeh, Clarke, Millard, Childress, Rowell, Joseph & Moore


All-star coach: Williams, Macon ready for WVU - WV MetroNews
South Charleston's Vic Herbert breaks down West Virginia's basketball signees.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Offensive Balance the key to Baylor's Big 12 Title Hopes - Our Daily Bears

SPRING GAME: Prairie Springer On Offense - Wide Right & Natty Lite

The Difference Between Ben McLemore and Xavier Henry - Rock Chalk Talk

Thompson ready to lead K-State receiver corps - Topeka Capital Journal

Analyzing The Oklahoma QB Race Following The Red/White Game - Crimson And Cream Machine

Wes Lunt looks back on his first year - Oklahoman (autoplay video)

Marcus Smart Reportedly Will Return To School. Wow! And ... Why?? | One And One -

Duke Thomas could make impact on offense for 2013 'Horns - Burnt Orange Nation

With TCU in need, Catalon stepped up as a true freshman to carry the load - Dallas-Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Red Raider Gridiron | Brewer's Spring Lesson and Walton to Transfer - Viva The Matadors

When it comes to Oregon, NCAA fails again - Sporting News
The NCAA says Oregon didn’t break rules intentionally, it’s just that those broken rules shouldn’t be considered inadvertent. Have you ever, in your life, heard such inane gobbledygook?

What's On Tap:

Football Spring Game Information - WVU Athletics
Saturday, April 20, at 2 p.m., at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium.

Video of Interest:

Linebacker Doug Rigg is looking forward to an improved defense, and shares his thoughts as the team prepares for the 2013 Gold-Blue Spring Game, presented by Kroger, on April 20th at 2pm.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Hump Day Video of the Week:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is another British tabloid beauty. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Danica Thrall.