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Mountaineer Sunday Morning Roundup

News and notes from camp, player and coaches interviews, new commit, WVU Pros updates (including Jedd Gyorko), Fan Day today and OU tickets on sale to public tomorrow.

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News and Features:

Campus Connection - WVU Athletics
Week two preseason football camp notes.

Holgorsen, Dawson have been on the same page for years - Exponent Telegram
"I give him more leeway than Mike Leach gave me, so to speak," Holgorsen said. "I was offensive coordinator under coach Leach (at Texas Tech) for a long time. It poses its challenges. The thing with Shannon is that we truly speak the same language."

Mountaineers focused on themselves, not Alabama - Register-Herald
"Until the week of preparation for the first game, we’re just doing install days," he explained.

Tom Bradley settles into his new role at West Virginia - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
No living person has coached more Penn State games than "Scrap" Bradley, but after 33 seasons as Joe Paterno’s right-hand man and two years in the broadcast booth, Bradley is settling into his new role as West Virginia’s senior associate head coach.

Tom Bradley impressed with passion, versatility on WVU defensive line - WVUPros
With nearly six months on the job, senior associate head coach Tom Bradley is starting to settle into his position on Dana Holgorsen’s coaching staff, finding players that have impressed early in fall camp this past week.

With new additions gaining traction, Gibson eyes more athletic pass rush - WV MetroNews
Can teaming Shaq Riddick and Edward Muldrow with Brandon Golson help West Virginia bother quarterbacks this fall?

Slimmer Shell settles in at WVU - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
At long last, Rushel Shell seems to have found a home as opposed to a destination.

RB Garrison out to prove he is still a weapon for Mountaineers - Register-Herald
Although Garrison got back on the field in 2012, he was never the same. He had just 207 yards and two touchdowns all season and he was on and off the field, never confident in the knee’s strength.

Key Developments For WVU Trio - BGN
West Virginia's entire roster seems to be building confidence and cohesion heading into what all hope is a bounce back season.

Crazy 8s - BGN
Too much of a good thing, by coaching reason, simply translates into almost, but still not quite enough, of that good thing.

Pressure on WR Thompson to recreate preseason success when games matter - Charleston Gazette
He’s been a star-in-waiting for what seems an eternity, even though this is just his third season on campus.

Season Of Change - BGN
Mario Alford and Devonte Mathis believed they were ready to make significant impacts going into last season. But football at the major collegiate level has a way of humbling even the best of talents.

Worley, Henry Impressing in Deep Secondary - EerSports
Two years ago, West Virginia’s secondary was a mishmash unit of former walk-ons, true freshmen and injured veterans that struggled to slow down even the most pedestrian of opposing passing offenses. This fall, however, the Mountaineers’ defensive backfield will be as talented as it has been in some time.

Mountaineers hope to see secondary turn the corner - Exponent Telegram
Worley expected to play major role

Boyd, Hackenberg lead parade of key sophomores at Pitt, PSU and WVU - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
WVU finds home for Worley

Coaches Believing in Secondary - EerSports
Over the past week, there has been plenty of talk from the current West Virginia players about how much better the secondary will be, and the defense as a whole. On Saturday, the Mountaineer coaching staff backed that up, with Joe DeForest touting its speed and experience.

Chestnut Finally Healthy, Ready to Compete - EerSports
West Virginia University cornerback Terrell Chestnut sat down with the media on Friday. He discussed his injuries since coming to Morgantown and the depth of the cornerback position so far in fall camp.

Free safety contender Tyler has hometown motivation to start vs. Tide - WV MetroNews
The sophomore from Atlanta is competing with four-star freshman Dravon Henry for spot in West Virginia's secondary.

Thumbs up for Tonkery through opening week of camp - WV MetroNews
Fifth-year senior is subbing for injured linebacker Brandon Golson and making a push for playing time.

Brown seeks redemption with move to DE - BGN
At this time a year ago, Christian Brown was preparing for his sophomore season as the backup to Shaq Rowell at nose guard for West Virginia.

WVU notebook: Brown’s back, this time at defensive end - Charleston Gazette
West Virginia’s defense dealt with more than its share of injuries a season ago. One of the most significant blows didn’t even happen on the field.

Benton transforms body, zooms into linebacking mix - WV MetroNews
Redshirt freshman has climbed the depth chart at Mike linebacker.

Long snapper DePalma’s been perfect, but wants to get better - Charleston Gazette
"The worst snap I’ve ever gotten from DePalma was Kansas State, two years ago at home,’’ WVU’s holder for place-kicks said. "In warmups.’’

There's a reason they're called special teams - Exponent Telegram
To be good at it, it takes special skills to play on special teams.

Bowl eligibility could be at stake when West Virginia hosts Texas Christian in Week 10 - Bluefield Daily Telegraph
Both teams need to win these kind of games to have a shot at six wins and a bowl game. This one could very easily go to overtime again.


WVU grabs 2015 commitment from ‘Speedy’ son of Antonio Brown - WV MetroNews
Three-star cornerback chose Mountaineers over Georgia, Pitt, South Florida, Penn State and Miami.

Speedy Howard joins WVU’s ’15 recruiting class - Charleston Gazette
On Friday evening, West Virginia picked up its seventeenth commitment of the 2015 class when Miami (Fla.) Norland cornerback Antonio Howard pledged to the Mountaineers.

Howard hops on board -
When it comes to the recruitment of Miami (Fla.) Norland cornerback Antonio Howard no coach was as persistent as West Virginia running backs coach JaJuan Seider and the message from the assistant was loud and clear to the Mountaineers legacy, "come home."


Photo Gallery: Preseason Camp: Practice No. 8 - WVU Athletics

Photo Gallery 4: Fall Practice 2104 photos -


Watch Isaiah Bruce - Fall Camp Update - WVU Athletics
Select members of the West Virginia University football team met with the media on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, at the Milan Puskar Center Team Room.

Watch Joe DeForest Fall Camp Update - WVU Athletics
Select members of the WVU football coaching staff met with the media on Saturday

VIDEO INTERVIEWS: WVU Players Talk Training Camp Preparation - WVillustrated
Garrison, Joseph, Banks, Worley & Shorts TV: Assistant Coaches - TV brings you video interviews with WVU Football Assistants Tom Bradley, Shannon Dawson, Tony Gibson, Brian Mitchell, Ron Crook and JaJuan Seider TV: Player Interviews -
Smith, Kwiatkoski & Tonkery

Pro News:

WVUPros in the NFL Preseason Week 1 Recap - WVUPros
Here is a quick recap of your favorite Mountaineers in NFL Preseason action, including Stedman Bailey scoring points and Ryan Mundy taking away potential points.

Mountaineers in Pro Football Update - WVU Athletics
With the 2014 NFL preseason underway and the Canadian Football League season in full swing, it is time to take a look at which former West Virginia Mountaineer football stars are currently playing professional football in the NFL and CFL.

Even in San Diego, Gyorko a Morgantown boy at heart - Exponent Telegram
"Morgantown is home to me," explained Jedd Gyorko. "I like seeing the snow every once in a while. Shoveling snow, that’s my workouts."

Jedd Gyorko Battles through Rigors of MLB Season, Talks State of WVU Baseball - WVillustrated
Morgantown native and former WVU Baseball star Jedd Gyorko has found a home in San Diego, while continuing to represent the Mountain State as a professional athlete.

What's On Tap:

Fan Day Set For Sunday, Aug. 10 - WVU Athletics
Mountaineer fans will be given the opportunity to get autographs from their favorite WVU coaches and players at the WVU football team’s annual Fan Day on Sunday, August 10, at 2:30 p.m., in the Caperton Indoor Practice Facility.

Oklahoma Tickets on Sale Monday - WVU Athletics
Tickets for West Virginia’s Sept. 20 matchup with the Oklahoma Sooners will go on sale to the public through the Mountaineer Ticket Office on Monday, Aug. 11, at 9 a.m.

Single game tickets for the 2014 WVU football season are on sale now! Go to WVUGAME.COM or call 1-800-WVU GAME

Football Game Promotions Announced - WVU Athletics
Stripe the Stadium, Gold Rush and Family Day Promotions

Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game Tickets on Sale - WVU Athletics
Tickets for West Virginia’s appearance in the 2014 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game are now on sale through the Mountaineer Ticket Office

BT Entertainment Presents WVU ATLANTA KICKOFF