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Mountaineer Morning Links: Wednesday (9/18/13) Edition

Holgorsen presser, player and coaches interviews, Maryland previews, NFL update from WVU Pros, Big 12 roundup & more


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Monday, Sept. 18 - WV MetroNews
Dana Holgorsen says that M & T Bank Stadium will be more of a neutral site game for the Mountaineers this weekend and Scott McBrien, Maryland’s sideline reporter, gives his opinion on the Terrapins so far this season.

Marshall, WVU ADs put prints on schedules - Charleston Daily Mail
"We want games against sort of the old gang," Luck said Tuesday afternoon, "but scheduling is a bilateral task."

Women's Soccer Drops to No. 21 - WVU Athletics
The WVU women's soccer team ranks No. 21 and No. 25 in the national polls.

Volleyball Falls on Road to Dukes - WVU Athletics
The loss was the Mountaineers’ (10-1) first of the season.

News of Note:

Dana Holgorsen News Conference - WVU Athletics
Video and transcript here, video also embedded below

The Takeaway: Time for the Turtles - WV MetroNews
In their weekly installment of "The Takeaway," Allan Taylor and Justin Hoff—two guys on stools—break down the Georgia State film, chat about Joe DeForest and discuss what lies ahead for the Mountaineers in Maryland.

NFL venues have been fruitful for Mountaineers - WV MetroNews
Can you guess how many consecutive games West Virginia has won in NFL stadiums?

Unbeaten Maryland Poised for WVU - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
Mountaineers have taken last 7 in series

WVU players excited to take on Maryland - Register-Herald
The Terrapins — who will host WVU at 3:30 p.m., Saturday at the home of the Baltimore Ravens, M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md. — are the only team on this year’s Mountaineer football schedule that can remotely be called a rival.

WVU excited about Maryland tilt - Inter-Mountain
"We don't have many regional rivalries left," WVU coach Dana Holgorsen said Tuesday. "This is the only one that we play this year. I look forward to meeting more in the future. It's something our boys are looking forward to."

WVU Preps for "Border War" with Maryland - WVillustrated
Mountaineers reflect on rivalry, history of series with Terrapins ahead of Saturday's meeting.

Will the real WVU stand up? - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
So, will Saturday be the day Mountaineer fans see the 'real' WVU team?

White vows to fix careless fingers - WV MetroNews
Benched for drops last week, receiver hungry to rebound against Maryland's backup cornerbacks.

Kwiatkoski Emerging in WVU's Defense - WVU Athletics
Sophomore LB leads the Mountaineers in tackles with 27.

Inside linebacker good fit for Kwiatkoski - Charleston Daily Mail
Kwiatkoski (kwit-uh-COW-skee) is tied for No. 51 nationally and No. 4 in the Big 12 with nine tackles per game.

Redshirt sophomore linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski improving in his second year - Daily Athenaeum
“He is developing. He is as healthy as he has ever been. He is a smart guy and is allowing himself to be coached,” said head coach Dana Holgorsen.

Jenkins gone, other changes at corner position - Charleston Daily Mail
"We're excited about Terrell," Holgorsen said. "He's been doing a good job. His knee is healing, so we've been wanting to get him more involved. We'll have him in there. Avery Williams is another guy who will be getting some reps this week at corner. Daryl Worley played a good bit last week and he's got tremendous, tremendous upside as a starting corner here for a long time."

Emerging corners cover for Jenkins' departure - Charleston Gazette
Two who have been rehabbing injuries now seem ready to contribute. Sophomore Terrell Chestnut, shelved with a knee injury since late last season, played for the first time last week against Georgia State. Fellow sophomore Avery Williams is playing again after missing last season with a neck injury.

West Virginia must prepare for Maryland WR Diggs - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen called Diggs a "clone" of former Mountaineer offensive dynamo Tavon Austin, another shifty receiver with speed to burn.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Maryland’s dynamic WR Diggs reminds Holgorsen of Austin - Times West Virginian
When West Virginia plays its final nonconference game and its only regional rivalry game of the season at 3:30 p.m. Saturday against Maryland, the challenge will be tougher than it has been in recent years.

After 2012 game, WVU knows first-hand Diggs ‘can make you look stupid’ - WV MetroNews
From freshman phenom to super sophomore, Terps receiver is explosive.

Diggs to present challenge for WVU defense - Daily Athenaeum
West Virginia must be conscious of where Diggs is on the field during Saturday’s game. Whether it is in the running game, passing game or return game, Diggs has diverse play ability.

Edsall Avoiding Maryland-WVU Hype - Inside MD Sports
The offense has been potent, the record is 3-0 for the first time in twelve years and the opponent is traditionally strong border rival. But the Terps aren't buying the hype.

Freshmen Ford Childress and Daikiel Shorts establish dynamic connection against Georgia State - Daily Athenaeum
"(Shorts) runs great routes. He’s a physical receiver," Childress said. "He’s a really smart kid, so he always knows how to find the open spot."

BGN Video: The Assistants - BGN
Dawson, Crook & Gibby

WATCH: WVU Assistant Coaches Talk Before Game Against Maryland - WVillustrated
Slaughter, Patterson & Dawson

WATCH: WVU Players Prepare for Maryland - WVillustrated
Eger, Childress, Kwiatkoski & Sticks

WVU Football Players, Assistant Coaches Talk Terps - Connect Bridgeport
Members of the WVU football team addressed the media Tuesday night before Saturday's game against Maryland in Baltimore, Md.

Football Player Quotes: Maryland - WVU Athletics
Members of the WVU Football team addressed the media Tuesday night.

Pro News:

WVUPros in NFL Week 2 action - ProsReport
With the second week of the NFL in the books, here is how each of the Mountaineers on NFL rosters performed.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Get Ready for a Lot More Petty - Our Daily Bears

Notebook: Injury updates; Rhoads teleconference transcript - Cyclone Fanatic

No problem: Weis not worried about QB play - Lawrence Journal World

K-State showing gradual progress - Topeka Capital Journal

What were the Sooners thinking naming Trevor Knight the starter? - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy talks bye week plans on Sirius Radio - Oklahoman

Mack Brown apologizes for 66-17 loss to OU next month - Barking Carnival
"I want to apologize to all Texas fans, in advance."

Kickoff Time Announced for TCU-SMU Game - TCU Horned Frogs Official Athletic Site

Washington learned his lesson without Kingsbury yelling - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

What's On Tap:

Maryland Debuting New Pride Uniforms Saturday? - Testudo Times
Everybody be sure to bring your polarized sunglasses

Videos of Interest:

Dana Holgorsen's Tuesday afternoon news conference at Milan Puskar Stadium previewing Saturday's game against Maryland at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore

Coming off his first career start at center, Pat Eger discusses the challenge of playing Maryland this Saturday in Baltimore.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

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Miss Throwdown:

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