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Depth chart starting to reveal itself, leadership flap, player interviews & features, updates from WVU Pros, Big 12 roundup & more

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Wednesday, Aug. 14 - WV MetroNews
Doug Rigg talks about the new mentality that the defense is playing with, while Travis Bell talks about the transition from safety to corner. Lastly, Kevin White talks about how he is starting to play with more confidence than he came in with.

West Virginia: The Mountaineer - The Best Mascots in College Football -
Angry, excitable and sunburnt. The Mountaineer sums up WVU perfectly.

New Ticket Features Introduced - WVU Athletics
A new ‘Select Your Seats’ feature and the option for mobile delivery method now available at WVUGAME.

IMG Adds Charleston Affiliate to Network - WVU Athletics
The West Virginia Mountaineers and IMG College announced today that LM Communications’ WMXE-FM in Charleston has signed on to the Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG.

Kickoff Times Adjusted for Duke Nike Classic - WVU Athletics
Adjusted kickoff times for the WVU women's soccer games at the Duke Nike Classic have been announced.

Mountaineers Net Exhibition Win - WVU Athletics
The WVU women's soccer team opened its 2013 season with a 3-0 exhibition win over Rutgers.

2013 ESPN college football announcer teams revealed -
The familiar names are back for another year of calling games on ABC and the ESPN networks. Here's the full rundown.

WVU gets 'sweet' addition in Yankee Candle collection - Charleston Daily Mail
I'm disappointed that it doesn't smell like burnt upholstery and apple pie moonshine

Furfari: Moss great RB for Mountaineers in 1950s - Register-Herald
Robert "Bobby" Moss, who grew up in Huntington, was an outstanding halfback on West Virginia University’s 1952-53-54-55 teams.

News of Note:

Let’s go deep - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
Players are still changing positions and injuries are shuffling certain lineups, but now that we’re in the middle of the preseason preparation that precedes the 2013 season, we are starting to get a clue where some pieces fit.

WVU still seeking starters - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
"There are a lot of position battles that are ongoing and will be throughout this week," head coach Dana Holgorsen said.

West Virginia Mountaineers Dana Holgorsen looking for QBs to separate - ESPN
Dana Holgorsen insisted at Big 12 media days last month he would name a starting quarterback when one emerged. Asked on what the plan was if a quarterback never truly separated himself, Holgorsen had no plans to entertain the suggestion. "He will," Holgorsen said.

WVU RB Buie: Smith Always Tried to Lead - BGN
He said that outsiders taking comments out of context have blown those comments out to be much more than they were meant to be.

Geno ‘leadership’ stir was a faux flap - WV MetroNews
"They just twisted the whole thing up," Spain said Tuesday

HERTZEL COLUMN: Leadership: In the end, it’s up to coaches - Times West Virginian
If college players really could be leaders, would not coaches name season-long captains to perform such duties rather than game captains, as almost all coaches now use?

Move to center no snap for WVU redshirt-freshman Tyler Orlosky - Register-Herald
A 6-foot-4, 296-pounder out of Cleveland, Ohio, Orlosky practiced mostly at guard last fall during his redshirt season, but he moved to center during the spring.

Seider gets backfield ducks in a row at WVU - Charleston Daily Mail
When third-year WVU Coach Dana Holgorsen announced Seider's return, he cited the assistant's recruiting ability and added that Seider's "background will be an asset to our program."

Kevin White Says Confidence Keys Strong Camp for WVU - WVillustrated
Junior receiver earns praise from coaches as he continues to develop into team's potential top target.

Williams is ‘sharp’ and ready for return - Charleston Daily Mail
On Aug. 7, 2012, Williams was injured in an Oklahoma drill. He missed all of last season.

Jenkins praises CBs ahead of him - WV MetroNews (autoplay video)
As of Tuesday, he was working with the second unit, playing behind converted safety Travis Bell and Ishmael "Icky" Banks.

Linebackers to spare? - Charleston Gazette
Last year’s worry could be this year’s boon

WVU’s Rigg comments on the speed of the Big 12 - Times West Virginian
"It had to be a tie between Oklahoma and Baylor," Rigg said, referring to two teams who put 113 points combined on the board against WVU. "Baylor moved so fast I honestly don’t remember the game. I have to watch it on film to see what happened. That’s how fast they were moving.

A Smorgasbord of WVU News and Notes - WVU Athletics

Luck, Manziel, power shift, WVU hoops - Charleston Gazette
Ye olde notebook

A challenge: Can you top this? - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
Let’s enlighten the world with other nicknames for the 2013 West Virginia football team.

WVU Football Player Quotes - WVU Athletics
Members of the West Virginia University football team addressed the media Tuesday morning.

BGN Video: Working Out the Details - BGN
Hope & Rigg

VIDEO INTERVIEWS: WVU Football Players - WVillustrated
Smith, Hope, Rigg, White & Bell

WVU Football Player Interviews: 8.13.13 - DA Sports Blog
Rigg, Spain, Jenkins & Banks

VIDEO: Tyler Orlosky - EerSports
Offensive lineman Tyler Orlosky talks with the media this morning about the philosophy Ron Crook teaches, his switch to center and more.

MORE PHOTOS: 2013 WVU Football Training Camp - WVillustrated

Pro News:

NFL Preseason Week 1 Recap – WVU Pros | Prosreport
Every WVU Pro in football saw action this past week except for Jeff Braun with the Miami Dolphins and Joe Madsen with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Let’s check in with our WVU Pros and see how they fared.

Stedman Bailey rising with the Rams | Prosreport
Drafted in the third round by the Rams, he joins a crowded wide receiver position behind Brian Quick, Austin Pettis, Chris Givens and Tavon Austin.

The Gyorko Diamond Review: 8/13 - ProsReport
Let's take a look at the Mountaineer slugger's week in review.

Around the League (and Beyond):

BIG 12 FOOTBALL: Not necessarily all about the offense. - Cowboys Ride For Free
While the focus, especially in recent years, is all about offensive production, defenses still hold a critical key in determining who wins championships.

2013 Position Previews: Defensive Ends - Our Daily Bears

CFTV: Richardson, Bundrage discuss a developing offense - Cyclone Fanatic

Whitehair expected to start at left guard for K-State: Coleman high on Curry Sexton at receiver - Abilene Reflector-Chronicle

Sooners Defensive End, D.J. Ward, Out For Up To Six Weeks - Crimson And Cream Machine

Oklahoma State season preview - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Trey Hopkins emerging as key to offensive line - Burnt Orange Nation

College football countdown | No. 29: TCU - USA Today

Texas Tech's Bruce Jones won't back down - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

Best Offensive Players in College Football -

What's On Tap:

WVU prepares to welcome Class of 2017 on Move-In Day, Welcome Week -
Morgantown's version of "Carmageddon" happens Friday

Video of Interest:

Junior college transfer Dreamius Smith discusses his transition to WVU thus far, and how the backfield is splitting reps during camp.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Hump Day Video of the Week:

Miss Throwdown:

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