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Mountaineer Morning Links: Monday (8/12/13) Edition

Player and coaches interviews, Fan Day, cornerback/safety shuffle, center emerging, pro updates, Big 12 roundup & more


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Monday, Aug.12 - WV MetroNews
Keith Patterson discusses how the football team has a greater respect of the state history and the players who came before them. Ricky Rumph discusses his switch from cornerback to strong safety, and Lonnie Galloway says some receivers are starting to separate themselves from the pack.

WVU Football Visits Children's Hospital - WVU Athletics
Select team members make a recent afternoon visit.

Volleyball Turns 40 This Fall - WVU Athletics
Assistant professor (and later women's basketball coach) Kittie Blakemore was instrumental in getting women's sports off the ground at West Virginia University.

Jerry West looks back on legendary Mountaineer career - Register-Herald
The graceful 6-foot-3, 180-pound guard from Chelyan remains the No. 1 scorer and No. 1 rebounder with respective averages of 24.8 points and 13.3 rebounds per game.

Fan Day:

Football Fan Day - WVU Athletics
Mountaineer players and coaches sign autographs.

Interest Still There - BGN
While the attendance for West Virginia's 2013 football Fan Day was down from previous seasons, there were still plenty of attendees who took the chance to meet the Mountaineers on Sunday.

WVU Fan Day Photo Gallery - EerSports

News of Note:

Offensive Notebook - WVU Athletics
News and notes from Mountaineer camp.

WVU coaches anxious to settle on starters - Charleston Gazette
That's because all the experimenting and shuffling creates little cohesiveness.

Lessons learned at WVU camp - Charleston Gazette
Vingle's notebook

Is it the player or system? - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
"I think it is both," offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson said during Saturday's media day. "I mean, we've put a lot of emphasis on developing players.

WVU players say lack of leadership ruined last season - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
With Dana Holgorsen's third season as head coach kicking off in less than three weeks, West Virginia vows leadership won't be an issue.

Who is WVU’s fastest player? - WV MetroNews
“Mario Alford,” said McCartney, busting the stereotype of receivers typically favoring themselves. “I ain’t going to lie. He can have it.

Coaches looking for instinctive abilities - Register-Herald
"I was talking to one kid (Saturday) morning, and he’s like, ‘I just don’t feel like I’m playing like I know I can play,’" said WVU offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson. "I told him it is because things aren’t instinctive to him yet. That’s natural. He’s learning a different system.

Eyes, feet (not arms) vital to QB battle - WV MetroNews
Shannon Dawson watches indicators of each quarterback's thought process.

West Virginia's starting QB race even in backstretch - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Holgorsen doesn't expect, though, that the starter's name will remain an in-house secret up until the Mountaineers kick off their season opener Aug. 31 against William & Mary.

Patterson wants ‘all-in’ mentality - WV MetroNews
Coordinator's to-do list: convincing good players to get better and de-training blue-chip recruits to think team-first.

Getting Disruptive - Inter-Mountain
Mountaineers employing new defensive scheme to combat Big 12 offenses

Angling For Improvement - BGN
As West Virginia’s defensive identity continues to emerge, one theme runs through player and coach comments: numbers and approach to the ball.

White’s looks resemble Bruce Irvin - Times West Virginian
Junior college, dreads, No. 11 … does the name Bruce Irvin ring a bell?

WR White continues to impress - Charleston Gazette
It's somewhat surprising in one way. Sure, White, a 6-foot-3, 211-pound junior college transfer, made waves in the spring. But there was an influx of talent, especially in regard to receivers, for this camp.

WVU OL Moving and Shaking - EerSports
West Virginia's offensive line has seen a lot of movement over the last few months, but it will all be coming to an end very soon.

Taking Center Stage - BGN
West Virginia offensive line coach Ron Crook says while he’s glad the Mountaineers don’t play tomorrow, he does believe the team has an emerging young center.

Orlosky Leads in Center Competition - DA Sports Blog
“I think Tyler (Orlosky) has been working really well there, he’s done a great job. He understands the offense,” said Crook.

New coach, new outlook suits Lucas - WV MetroNews
Sophomore competing for his first start against fifth-year senior Pat Eger, who has 19.

Assistant says six cornerbacks 'more than enough' - Charleston Daily Mail
"But you can only rep so many during the week. If you're two deep and you're solid, that's great. We feel like we've got a good mixture of good size, good speed, good quickness. We need to develop the position mastery aspect of it, but we are progressing."

Starting over - Charleston Gazette
After defense's historically bad season, WVU cornerbacks look to bounce back

WVU Cornerbacks Fighting for Starting Roles - WVillustrated
Mountaineers currently rotating six cornerbacks in hopes of developing depth with limited means this fall.

WVU feels secure at cornerback position - Times West Virginian
They were secure enough to move Vernon Davis to receiver, to move Ricky Rumph to safety … positions they took to quite nicely.

On-the-move Rumph ‘all about the team’ - WV MetroNews
Sophomore says shift to strong safety from cornerback surprised him

Rumph Excelling at Safety for WVU - WVillustrated
Sophomore DB making a name for himself in Mountaineer defense after switching position in the secondary.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Darwin Cook: ‘More to come’ - Times West Virginian
Somehow, he felt he had become a one-trick pony in fans’ minds, and maybe even in coaches’, the trick being the play of a lifetime.

Depth, New Scheme Key for Secondary - EerSports
After an abysmal 2012, West Virginia's defensive backs are embracing a new scheme and hoping their new found depth will help this season.

Lambert sets his range at 53-54 yards - WV MetroNews
Special-teams coach Joe DeForest hoping to test his redshirt freshman kicker before the season goes live.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Lambert set to be WVU’s lone kicker - Times West Virginian
"He’s never kicked in a game," DeForest pointed out.

WVU's Lambert gets his kicks by default - Charleston Gazette
"I didn't know what the reason was for me being the only [kicker],'' Lambert said Friday. "But my job's the same whether it's just me, or me and 10 other kids.''

WVU Football Assistant Coaches Quotes - WVU Athletics
WVU football assistant coaches address the media.

BGN Video: Mitchell and Seider - BGN
West Virginia cornerbacks coach Brian Mitchell and running backs coach JaJuan Seider talk player development, depth and the intricacies of the positions they oversee.

VIDEO: WVU Football Assistant Coaches Interviews - WVillustrated
Gibson, Dawson, Mitchell & Galloway

VIDEO INTERVIEWS: WVU Football Players - WVillustrated
Ezemma, Kwiatkoski, Rumph, Cook & Millard

BGN Video: Player Interviews - BGN
Kindler, Rumph & Clarke

Photo Gallery: Fall Football Practice V - BGN

WVU opponent preview: Iowa State - Charleston Gazette
This is the 23rd in a series of previews on West Virginia and Marshall football opponents.

Pro News:

Wes Welker, Tavon Austin among premium preseason draws -
"Just" the preseason? Hardly. Adam Schein points to nine things he's champing at the bit to see as football returns in earnest on Thursday, like St. Louis Rams receiver Tavon Austin's dazzling speed.

Geno Smith of New York Jets practices despite sore ankle - ESPN New York
With his offensive coordinator barking, Dont limp, dont limp, a gimpy Geno Smith took the majority of the practice reps Sunday despite an ankle injury -- perhaps an indication of how much the New York Jets want him to replace Mark Sanchez.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Meet the Bears Scrimmage Recap/Thoughts - Our Daily Bears

Where this defensive line confidence comes from - Cyclone Fanatic

Versatile KU lineman Lewandowski shifts spots again, to center - Lawrence Journal World

Football isn’t Tyler Lockett’s only passion - Wichita Eagle

Compiling A Scrimmage Report In Spite Of Bob Stoops' Fortress Of Solitude - Crimson And Cream Machine

How the Cowboys' offense keeps getting faster - Oklahoman

Thinking Texas Longhorns Football Practice Summary - Barking Carnival

When Gary Patterson's commentary could have applied to Gary Patterson - Dallas Fort Worth Star Telegram

Tech notes: QB battle takes turn with Brewer missing time - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

College football TV roundtable: Sizing up 2013's biggest topics - Richard Deitsch -

Videos of Interest:

Offensive Coordinator Shannon Dawson discusses how he and the rest of the coaching staff are evaluating the team throughout camp.

With many positions to still be filled,Offensive line coach Ron Crook discusses specifically what he's looking for out of the center.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

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