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Mountaineer Morning Links: Tuesday (9/3/13) Edition

Quarterback situation, Oklahoma previews, pro notes including WVU Pros, Big 12 roundup & more


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Tuesday, September 3 - WV MetroNews
Dana Holgerson takes a look back on week one against William and Mary, while Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops touches on the Mountaineer offense.

Men’s Soccer Plays to Draw - WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University men’s soccer team twice held the lead, but was unable to holf it, tying Radford 2-2 on Monday

Wearing the Jersey: Darwin Cook - WVU Athletics
Video profile of WVU's senior safety.

News of Note:

WVU football: Oklahoma tossed surprising shutout - Charleston Daily Mail

Millard will start vs. Oklahoma - Charleston Daily Mail
"He did a good job managing game," Holgorsen said.

Clearly, Millard is the man - Charleston Gazette
If West Virginia's opening win over William & Mary served to prove nothing else, it was that there is a clear leader in the competition at quarterback. How long Paul Millard remains the clear leader, though, seems a matter for some debate.

Trickett remains a developing option - WV MetroNews
“I still think Clint brings something to the table that (Millard) doesn’t, so we will continue to rep Clint,” coach Dana Holgorsen said Monday.

QB spot still not set in stone - Register-Herald
Despite Millard’s performance in Week 1, Holgorsen still noncommittal

Holgorsen Saw Improvement In W&M Victory - BGN
After having to claw back from a 17-7 halftime deficit to come away with the 24-17 win, Saturday's season opener against William & Mary wasn't the easiest victory West Virginia has ever had to start off a season.

Off and Running - Martinsburg Journal
Mountaineers rely on run game against William & Mary

Still Cook-ing up big plays - Charleston Gazette
Cook said. "I wanted to put it together to show that I've made a lot of game-changing plays around here, not just the one play in the Orange Bowl.''

Big 12 image tarnished following week one losses - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
WVU, Oklahoma open conference play on Saturday

Narrow Win - Inter-Mountain
One thing is for certain, Holgorsen and his third West Virginia squad will have a big test in Norman at 7 p.m. on Saturday.

Mountaineers will face early test - Inter-Mountain
While most teams are still working out the kinks against non-conference opponents, West Virginia and Oklahoma have been thrust into the Big 12 Conference frying pan by the schedule makers in just the second week of the season.

WVU will face 'different' Oklahoma squad - Bluefield Daily Telegraph
The Sooners open Big 12 Conference play next Saturday against West Virginia. Last season, the Mountaineers put up more than 700 yards of total offense in a game OU won because it threw for 554.

WVU looking ahead to Oklahoma - Times West Virginian
Oklahoma is a completely different team than the one that beat WVU, 50-49, last season.

Questions Remain After Unimpressive Start for WVU - WVillustrated
Mountaineers looking for improved performance with much tougher opponent up next.

Oklahoma's Stoops on Big 12 Teleconference Today - WVillustrated
The first game week is over for the Mountaineers, and the page now turns to the Oklahoma Sooners.


Recruits look to benefit Huggins and WVU for future - Daily Athenaeum
Although the men’s basketball season is still a ways away, the team made their first big steps last week in bringing success back to Bob Huggins’ program.

Pro News:

The Gyorko Diamond Review: 9/2 - ProsReport
As the MLB season starts to get down to the final stretch of September, rookie Jedd Gyorko is pushing towards a Rookie of the Year trophy. Here, we'll look at Gyorko's series against the Dodgers.

Najee Goode picked up the Philadelphia Eagles - ProsReport
The team runs a 3-4 defense, and Goode will likely play at inside linebacker.

Signs Pointing To Geno Smith Starting for Jets - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register/AP
Rex Ryan and the New York Jets are waiting to announce a starting quarterback for their season opener, but all signs are pointing to Smith being under center against Tampa Bay.

Rams visit Morgantown to forge football bond - Daily Athenaeum
On Saturday, members of the Rams Street Team and front office were in Morgantown to show their support for the Mountaineer football team and its fans.

Around the League (and Beyond):

HERTZEL COLUMN: Is Big 12 football changing? - Times West Virginian
Consider, if you will, that in their first games a year ago, Big 12 teams scored 462 points.

Baylor football more than 1-hit wonder - Waco Tribune

Farniok likely out for the Iowa game - Ames Tribune

Setting an over/under on the potential of this year's KU football team - Kansas City Star

K-State must tackle another construction project - Topeka Capital Journal

Oklahoma Football | Week 1 | Three Takeaways - Crimson And Cream Machine

The Cowboys in Astroland - Cowboys Ride For Free

Texas to keep numbers on helmets for 2013 season - Burnt Orange Nation

Pachall will start again for TCU, but Boykin still valuable part of offense - Dallas-Fort Worth Star Telegram

Tech injuries update: Carpenter, Davis 'day-to-day," Kingsbury says - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

On The Mark: Best & worst 2013 debuts - ESPN

What's On Tap:

Oklahoma Game Release - WVU Athletics
Stats and notes for Saturday's Oklahoma game.

Video of Interest:

West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen's remarks on the Big 12 Conference coaches' teleconference.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown comes to us from the West Virginia Riviera, North Myrtyle Beach, SC. CLICK HERE for today's gallery (below the interview) of Alyssa Arcè.

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