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Mountaineer Morning Links: Labor Day (9/2/13) Edition

W&M fallout & analysis, both soccers picked up wins, so did volleyball, WVU Pros updates on NFL cuts, Big 12 roundup & more

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Monday, September 2 - WV MetroNews
Dana Holgorsen says that although the quarterbacks have a lot of work to do, he was pleased with how they preformed on Saturday. Also, with the start of the NFL season coming up on Thursday, 15 former Mountaineers made NFL rosters and Nikki Izzo-Brown won her 250th game over the weekend.

Big 12 Announces Future Bowl Lineup - Big 12 Conference
The agreements will begin for 2014 postseason games to coincide with the start of the new College Football Playoff.

Volleyball Wins Blue/Gold Invitational - WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University volleyball team defeated Toledo 3-0 (25-19, 25-19, 25-22) Sunday afternoon, winning the Blue/Gold Invitational.

No. 10 Mountaineers Move Past Morehead State - WVU Athletics
The No. 10-ranked West Virginia University women’s soccer team closed out its first homestand of the season with a 2-0 victory over Morehead State, today, at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.

VIDEO: Men's Soccer Coach Marlon Leblanc - WVillustrated
West Virginia Men's Soccer Coach, Marlon LeBlanc, talks to the media following the Mountaineers 3-0 win over Central Connecticut State.

News of Note:

Plenty of Questions Still Remain - WVU Athletics
West Virginia left many lingering questions after Saturday's win.

Defense improved in second half - Charleston Daily Mail
"We had some nerves, which was a little shocking, and we busted some assignments," said new defensive coordinator Keith Patterson

Offense shows little in opener - Charleston Gazette
Holgorsen says team still searching for 'identity'

WVU run game was on display Saturday - Charleston Daily Mail
"We ran the ball probably more than any time in the history of my coaching career," Holgorsen said in the postgame session with the media, "but I felt like it was the right thing to do."

Ground attack is the newest weapon for West Virginia - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"Yeah, that's quite evident now," Holgorsen said with a chuckle.

Depth at Running Back, Who Will Be the Star of the WVU Backfield - WVillustrated
One major plus side to the Mountaineer's season is the depth at running back.

Sims impressive in WVU debut - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Rushed for 120 yards, one TD

HERTZEL COLUMN: Millard makes most of first career start - Times West Virginian
Holgorsen said. "I thought Paul managed the game well, minus one boneheaded play where he dropped the ball on a sack.

Early Success Slows WVU Offense - EerSports
According to offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson, the early success may have caused more harm than good.

Jenkins Rallies Team at Half - EerSports
Brodrick Jenkins may not be starting this year, but the senior leader rallied the Mountaineers at halftime.

O’Toole impressive in West Virginia debut - Martinsburg Journal
The first-year punter for the Mountaineers hit his punts all afternoon, averaging 50.6 yards on five punts.

WVU’s plan a mystery - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
if the plan was to prove to the loyal fans of the old gold and blue that this year's product was going to be just as good offensively and better defensively than it was in 2012, then they failed.

Multimedia: "Upon Further Review" - WV MetroNews
The best images and soundbites from WVU's season-opening 24-17 victory over William & Mary.

FCS team proves a bigger challenge than WVU expects - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Monday Morning Quarterback

WVU Monday morning stock report - WV MetroNews
Allan Taylor offers a unit-by-unit evaluation after West Virginia's squeaker on opening weekend.

Grading West Virginia’s tight victory over Tribe - Register-Herald
taking a look at the three major phases of the game before handing out an overall mark.

Award Winners Announced - WVU Athletics
Coaching staff's picks after the William & Mary game.

Pro News:

WVU Pros: White makes cut; Geno named starter - Register-Herald
The Relaunch Campaign is not over. It’s just getting started.

J.T. Thomas, Najee Goode and Terence Garvin all part of the NFL roster shuffle on Sunday - ProsReport
Two WVUPros were a part of that give-and-take.

Terence Garvin and Joe Madsen cut by the Steelers - ProsReport
Both are eligible for the practice squad should they clear waivers.

Mountaineers on 53-Man NFL Rosters - WVU Athletics
Rosters set for NFL opening week.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Team-By-Team Notes From Week One In Big 12 Football - Big 12 Conference

Baylor vs. Wofford Highlight Video - Our Daily Bears

Iowa State - Northern Iowa Recap: Glimpses of Competency - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Veteran Matthews entrenched at WR for Jayhawks - Lawrence Journal World

Kansas State-North Dakota State post game analysis - Bring On The Cats

Sooners vs. ULM | SHUT. OUT. - Crimson And Cream Machine

Sunday Quarterback: The JW Walsh/Psycho Defense Edition - Cowboys Ride For Free

Inside the Numbers - Texas vs. New Mexico State - Burnt Orange Nation

FoW Postgame Reactions: LSU 37, TCU 27 - Frogs O' War

Mayfield goes from unknown to starring status in just over a month - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

College football's Top 25, reviewed after (most of) Week 1 -
The new AP Top 25 won't come out until Tuesday, since this is a week with an especially weird schedule, but let's run down what we can run down.

College Football Overtime - Stewart Mandel -

College GameDay Final: Week 1 - ESPN

What's On Tap:

Men's Soccer - GameTracker
WVU takes on Radford today at 2:30 pm ET from Dick Dlesk Stadium

Videos of Interest:

West Virginia defeated William & Mary 24-17 Saturday afternoon at Milan Puskar Stadium

Charles Sims finished WVU's 24-17 victory over WIlliam & Mary with 148 all-purpose yards on Saturday, Aug. 31

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is another lovely South African. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Olivia Garson.

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