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Mountaineer Morning Links: Wednesday (7/3/13) Edition

Football player profiles & interviews galore, recruiting updates, hoops notes, Tavon impressing, WVU Pros update, Big 12 roundup & more

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Wednesday, July 3 - WV MetroNews
2015 commit Stone Wolfley talks about why he chose WVU for his collegiate career, while current Mountaineer, Connor Arlia, speaks about the quarterback competition and how he thinks it will strengthen the team.

Player lineup for Big 12 media days is out - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
Big 12 media days are less than three weeks away, set for July 22-23 at the Omni Hotel in Dallas.

Men's Basketball Summer Notebook - WVU Athletics
Big 12 coaches have plenty of brainpower.

Furfari: Nehlen rates Johnson ‘something special’ - Register-Herald
Undra Johnson of nearby Bridgeport was one of the great running backs on West Virginia University’s first-ever undefeated regular-season football team.

News of Note:

Maryland will provide biggest non-Big 12 test - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
William & Mary, Georgia State will visit Morgantown

Your thoughts? - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
This is interesting. In the Dana Holgorsen Era (let’s call that 2007-2012), here are the totals at Texas Tech, Houston, Oklahoma State and WVU.

Abundance of runners - Inter-Mountain
Mountaineers stocked with talent in the backfield

WVU loaded with talent in the backfield - Daily Athenaeum
This upcoming season could bring a lot of change for the West Virginia football team. Besides the limited expectations in contrast to a year ago, the Mountaineers could become a run-first team as opposed to last year’s passing attack.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Patterson preaches patience - Times West Virginian
This would seem to contradict everything you know about football, especially in the Big 12, where speed rules. Being patient doesn’t, however, necessarily mean being slow.

WVU ready for Big 12's fast offenses in 2013 - Daily Athenaeum
Entering year two of Big 12 competition with a full season in the conference under their belt, WVU’s defense has a deeper understanding of how to play against “air raid” offenses.

Joseph adds some weight to battle wear and tear - Charleston Daily Mail
Joseph ranked behind only linebacker Terence Garvin in snaps played on defense last season and was known to play every single down in most games.

Joseph: WVU defense improved - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
"I hope everybody we play thinks we (the defense) will suck," Joseph said. "I hope they all take us lightly. I hope they think we will be no good again."

WATCH: Will Clarke Talks WVU Defense, New Attitude - WVillustrated
Veteran defensive lineman looks forward to a chance to improve from last year's disappointing second half.

Spain: ‘We’re more together’ - WV MetroNews
WVU's junior left tackle sees signs of team chemistry improving.

Bruce: ‘Nobody wants to be ranked that low’ - WV MetroNews
Sophomore linebacker Isaiah Bruce said defense is determined to regain respect.

"Working Hard" - BGN
Wide receiver Connonr Arlia has worked his way from unknown walk-on to potential linchpin of the 2013 Mountaineer receiving corps.


2015 Athlete Jovon Durante Commits to WVU - WVillustrated
The Mountaineer football staff added a huge piece to the 2015 recruiting class on Monday evening when Jovon Durante (Miami, Fla. / Jackson) committed to lead recruiter JaJuan Seider and head coach Dana Holgorsen.

WVU lands WR commit for 2015 - WV MetroNews
Another Miami-area receiver, Jackson High's Jovon Durante, pledges to the Mountaineers.

Carswell finally finds a home at West Virginia -
Former Westside standout will play this year for the West Virginia Mountaineers.

Wide receivers highlight WVU's Class of '14 - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
McCrary headlines WVU's 2014 commitments. Other recruits include Niles (Ohio) tackle Josh Krok, Baltimore Dunbar quarterback William Crest, Morgantown (W.Va.) High tackle Amanii Brown and two more receivers from South Florida, Lamar Parker of Miami's Booker T. Washington and Miami Jackson's Javon Durante.

Pro News:

Rams' Janoris Jenkins: Tavon Austin can be very special -
Janoris Jenkins already is speaking highly of the St. Louis Rams' much-improved offensive unit. The cornerback has high hopes for one promising young rookie in particular.

Update on WVU Pros in the Baseball World - Pros Report
WVU, while not usually known for its baseball prowess, has some players in the pros that are making noise on their prospective teams.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Waco Riverfront Project Animation-- Brazos Riverfront - Our Daily Bears

Meet the Football Newcomers: Spring Arrivals - Iowa State University Athletics

KU transfer Nick Harwell still working to graduate at Miami (Ohio) - Kansas City Star

99 MINUS 40 DAYS TO KICKOFF: Chris Brown - Bring On The Cats

A position-by-position look at the 2013 Sooners - Oklahoman

Oklahoma State football: Wes Lunt or Clint Chelf? - Oklahoman

The "Not University Sanctioned" Longhorn Football Preview - Burnt Orange Nation

TCU beat writer Stefan Stevenson: 'I'll be shocked if Casey Pachall is not the starting QB' - Oklahoman

Kliff Kingsbury on ESPN's College Football Live - Viva The Matadors

What's On Tap:

Football: Single Game Tickets On Sale July 8 - WVU Athletics
Single game tickets for the 2013 football season go on sale Monday, July 8, at 9 a.m.

Lots of safe out there


Video of Interest:

Defensive lineman WIll Clarke gives us an update on his summer training and what the defense is working on.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Hump Day Video of the Week:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown continues the long line of Brazilian hotties to grace this space. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Isabela Soncini.

Isabela S. @ Ford from Richard Guaty on Vimeo.