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Mountaineer Morning Links: Thursday (8/15/13) Edition

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Assistant coaches interviews, position changes abound, pro updates including WVU Pros, Big 12 roundup & more


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Thursday, Aug. 15 - WV MetroNews
Shannon Dawson is not happy with the inside receivers, Keith Patterson says that depth at linebacker is creating a competitive camp and Erik Slaughter says that the defensive line needs to work on the mental conditioning as well as physical.

Arlia leaves WVU, McDonald OK’d to play - WV MetroNews
News of Arlia’s departure came on the same day redshirt freshman tight end/fullback Will Johnson was dropped from the updated roster

Clarksburg Affiliate Added to Network - WVU Athletics
The West Virginia Mountaineers and IMG College announced today that WPDX-AM / WPDX-FM in Clarksburg, WV, has signed on to the Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG.

Men's Soccer Blog: WVU Arrives to Arizona - WVU Athletics
The WVU men's soccer team completed day one of a preseason training trip.

WVU Volleyball Preseason Training Trip - WVU Athletics
Volleyball traveled to southern West Virginia last weekend.

Highs and lows of the BCS -- college football - ESPN
WVU on both sides, but in good ways

News of Note:

Holgorsen Displays Moutaineer Mentality - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
''We really did a good job of educating our guys, because they're just like myself, coming from a bunch of different places other than West Virginia. When they come in, they need to be educated as well.''

Mountaineers' inside receivers struggling - Charleston Daily Mail
What started as Shannon Dawson's enthusiastic review of newcomer running back Charles Sims transitioned quickly into the offensive coordinators equally animated frustration with another part of his offense.

Effort, Man! - BGN
Call it motivation, call it honesty, call it…a calling out. But right now, said West Virginia offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson, the receivers are lazy and lack legit effort.

Slot receivers on hot seat with Dawson - WV MetroNews
Tired of missed blocks and sloppy route-running, offensive coordinator says inside receivers

Into the Spotlight - Inter-Mountain
Myers, other WVU receivers get their chance to shine

Depth putting defensive players on edge - WV MetroNews
Defensive coordinator Keith Patterson says West Virginia’s improved depth isn’t allowing first-stringers to be comfortable at preseason camp.

DC Patterson likes effort of WVU defense - Register-Herald

Searching for a few good men - Charleston Gazette
O-line coach hopes to develop depth ... or does he?

WVU lineman Eger rolls with changes - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
“His give-a-you-know-what meter's really high,” the folksy Louisiana native said of Eger, a Thomas Jefferson graduate. “His buy-in level is really high, and his effort right now and leadership has been really, really good.”

WVU trying to rebuild O-line - Times West Virginian
Hertzel's Notebook

HERTZEL COLUMN: Orloski moves to center - Times West Virginian
“Being a center wasn’t my first plan,” Orloski admitted the other day, now No. 1 at the position on the depth chart. “I was told to learn to snap before I came here, so I had that in my pocket.”

As Clay rests, backup fullbacks rotate - WV MetroNews
Ellijah Wellman and ex-linebacker Garrett Hope aiming to develop same versatility

Hope Happy With Position Change - DA Sports Blog
West Virginia’s Garret Hope has changed positions. Moving from the BUCK linebacker to fullback, Hope is expected to give West Virginia added depth offensively. With WVU in need of a backup for do-it-all fullback Cody Clay, the move made complete sense to Hope.

Hope Brings Nastiness, Depth to WVU Offense - WVillustrated
Sophomore makes switch from linebacker, but brings same mentality to new position for the Mountaineers.

Garrison Finally Feeling 100 Percent - WVU Athletics
Junior is vying with four others for starting RB job.

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions ... - WVU Athletics
WVU coaches still are undecided on the QB situation.

Tricketts proud of QB son - Martinsburg Journal
"Once a Mountaineer, always a Mountaineer," exclaimed the father Tuesday night from Florida State, where he's in his 41st year of football line coaching.

Mountaineers are transferring power - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
Perhaps no team in the country faces the daunting task West Virginia does. The Mountaineers have to replace the school’s all-time leading passer and its two all-time leading receivers.

Leadership issues are all relative - Charleston Gazette
You know what? I've had it about up to here with leadership. And the whole Geno Smith/Dana Holgorsen/Rex Ryan flap is only one example.

BGN Video: Patterson and Crook - BGN
Player development, personnel, fit and, as always, depth are discussed by West Virginia defensive coordinator Keith Patterson and offensive line coach Ron Crook.

VIDEO: WVU Football Assistant Coach Interviews - WVillustrated
Dawson, Seider, Patterson & Slaughter

WVU Assistant Coaches Quotes - WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University football assistant coaches sat down with members of the media earlier today at the Milan Puskar Center.

Pro News:

Bruce Irvin could leave opposing coaches head’s "spinning" - Prosreport
This role will also call for him to drop back in pass coverage at times, but Carroll says Irvin has studied hard this offseason to make the change.

Rex Ryan -- New York Jets QB Geno Smith has 'brutal' practice - ESPN New York
After watching Geno Smith throw three interceptions Wednesday in a damp and chilly practice, Rex Ryan was asked to assess the rookies day. Brutal, the coach said bluntly.

Pat White’s long journey back to the NFL leads him to the Redskins - Washington Post
Former Dolphins' 2nd-round draft choice is challenging Rex Grossman for Redskins' No. 3 QB job.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Baylor Bears Football 2013-2014 Hype Video - Our Daily Bears

Ernst Brun’s path to becoming a complete tight end - Cyclone Fanatic

Weis singles out stars of KU football camp - Lawrence Journal World

5 K-State Players Who Need to Take a Step Up in 2013 - Bring On The Cats

DT Quincy Russell Has Arrived! - Crimson And Cream Machine

OSU football notebook: Outside or inside? Doesn't matter for Cowboy receivers - Oklahoman

Texas Longhorns Football Practice Report: August 12 & 13 - Barking Carnival

2013 TCU Football Preview: The Quarterbacks - Frogs O' War

Assessing the Texas Tech Quarterback Controversy and Adjusting Expectations - Viva The Matadors

College Football Mailbag - Stewart Mandel -

Alabama, Stanford, Texas A&M top SI preseason college football Top 25 -

Videos of Interest:

Defensive line coach Erik Slaughter discusses newcomer Dontrill Hyman and Noble Nwachukwu, as well as how he's evaluating the players in order to form a 2-deep rotation.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a lovely model who hails from Serbia. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Nina Senicar.

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