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Mountaineer Morning Links: Tuesday (8/20/13) Edition

Depth chart questions, options at running back, D-Line features, NFL pre-season including update from WVU Pros, Big 12 roundup & more


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Tuesday, Aug. 20 - WV MetroNews
Lonnie Galloway says that with the first day of classes comes a bad practice, Darwin Cook says that he and Karl Joseph have fun competing each and every play and Cody Clay talks about how versatile he can be in the Mountaineer offense.

IMG taps new voice for baseball, women’s hoops - WV MetroNews
Jeff Culhane, formerly of the Husker Sports Network in Nebraska, reportedly joining WVU broadcasts.

Extra Time With Kadeisha Buchanan - WVU Athletics
Kadeisha Buchanan spends some extra time with Mountaineer fans.

Freshman looks to make immediate impact for WVU - Daily Athenaeum
After only two exhibition matches of the 2013 season, the freshmen on the women’s soccer team are certainly living up to expectations.

Furfari: Cavallaro was a legend in Florida - Register-Herald
He was a graduate of Morgantown High School in the early 1940s, enlisted in the U.S. Navy for military service during World War II, then graduated from West Virginia University.

News of Note:

Starters unclear at WVU - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
A fact that could spell doom for this year's squad as a huge road test at Oklahoma awaits the Mountaineers in week two while a meeting with longtime rival Maryland also looms in the near future.

Questions remain for WVU as season nears - Daily Athenaeum
This year’s West Virginia football team has more questions than answers coming into the 2013 season.

Your 2013 All-Camp team! - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
Not necessarily stars and starters, but the people who came out of camp in a better situation than they were in when they entered it.

Backfield depth not a problem - Charleston Daily Mail
At the end of a preseason camp that most thought would sort out who would start at running back at West Virginia

Running backs coach JaJuan Seider has several options to choose from in WVU’s crowded backfield - Daily Athenaeum
The bottom line for Seider is getting all five of his quality backs in Sims, Smith, Garrison, Smallwood and Buie to believe that they will all touch the ball at some point this season.

Bruising RB joins crowded Mountaineer backfield - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"It's been quite a ride," said Smith, a junior. "I knew if I just kept my head up, kept working hard every day and kept my grades up, I knew it would eventually pay off -- and it has."

Dakiel Shorts a versatile threat for WVU receiving corps - Daily Athenaeum
Shorts, a product of Eastern Christian Academy in Elkton, Md., had been lining up at the outside receiver position on a consistent basis since his arrival in Morgantown, but finally made the switch to the inside position for the first time at last Thursday’s practice.

New rule: Be smart on defense - Charleston Gazette
When last we encountered Karl Joseph, he was almost dizzy from a day of being questioned in Dallas on the topic of targeting.

Linebackers will carry the weight - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
Doug Rigg has said the defense will go as far as the linebackers can take them.

Linebacker aims to slow the blur - WV MetroNews
Senior Doug Rigg says he can barely remember parts of chaotic 2012 season in which defense couldn't keep up.

Hips and Hands - BGN
West Virginia’s efforts to improve defensively include work on fundamentals of tackling and taking on blocks – skills that the Mountaineers were lacking a bit on a year ago.

Shaq Rowell is a rock in WVU’s D-line - Times West Virginian
But not to take away from the senior Clarke, whose stated goal this season is to increase his pressure on the quarterback from the corner, it is Rowell who anchors the line.

Kinsey Boosts D-line Athleticism - WVU Athletics
Sophomore gives pass rush a boost at DE.

Big 12's biggest shoes to fill - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
here are some other Big 12 players looking to make a mark on the conference like their predecessors.

Pro News:

Pat White leads another TD drive for the Redskins on Monday night - ProsReport
Week 2 of the NFL Preseason ended with a great game for Mountaineer fans. Terence Garvin, Will Johnson, Joe Madsen, Chris Neild, J.D. Woods and Pat White all were in uniform.

From WVU to NFL, Mountaineers Reunite in Preseason - WVillustrated
This was the West Virginia University contingent that played on the field and they had catching up to do. They had stories to tell. They had this brief amount of time together and they didn't want to let it pass so quickly.

Jets QB Situation Still Unresolved - AP via Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
"Again, we'll let this thing work out," Ryan said. "We'll go through the week, and obviously we're just starting the week, so we have a few days of practice, and then we'll make that determination."

Around the League (and Beyond):

Texas, TCU, Oklahoma headline 2013 Big 12 preview - Andy Staples -
The 2013 Big 12 college football conference preview leads with Texas, TCU, Oklahoma, Baylor and Oklahoma State.

2014 NFL Draft Primer: Scouting the Big 12 | Audibles -
Though the NFL draft is still months away, the college football season looms just around the corner.

2013 Baylor Media Guide with Depth Charts and Stats - Our Daily Bears

Iowa State football: An analysis of the secondary - Des Moines Register

Kansas Football 2013 Position Previews: Quarterback - Rock Chalk Talk

Stepping Up: Kyle Klein - Bring On The Cats

Ryan Aber ranks Sooners' offensive line as team's best unit - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Examining the best-case, worst-case scenarios for the Cowboys this season - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Reports: Desmond Harrison's appeal denied by BYU - Burnt Orange Nation

Could This Be The New TCU Football Helmet, Set To Debut This Friday? - Frogs O' War

Comparing the Freshmen Quarterbacks | Davis Webb and Baker Mayfield - Viva The Matadors

What's On Tap:

Gamecon 11

Video of Interest:

Linebacker Isaiah Bruce discusses his personal growth from last year, as well as some of the new ideas the defense is rolling out this year.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a bombshell from Slovakia. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Katarina Van Derham.

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