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Mountaineer Morning Links: Monday (8/11/14) Edition

Camp reports, photos & video from Fan Day, WVU Pros countdown, OU tickets on sale to general public today, Big 12 roundup & more.


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold & Blue Now: Aug. 11 - WV MetroNews
Special Teams & Safeties coach Joe DeForest stressed junior defensive back Karl Joseph’s role is vital this coming fall. Plus, defensive coordinator Tony Gibson mentions the potential scheme of the front 7.

Juwan Staten getting better at WVU practice facility Saturday - WVUPros
How did you spend your Saturday night yesterday? West Virginia point guard Juwan Staten spent his Saturday at the basketball program’s practice facility getting better ahead of senior season for the Mountaineers.

Fan Day:

2014 Football Fan Day - WVU Athletics
The Mountaineers meet the fans Sunday afternoon.

WVU Fan Day Photo Gallery - EerSports
EerSports photographer Craig Gunter shares some photos from today's West Virginia Fan Day.

News of Note:

Early downs hurt Mountaineers last season - Charleston Daily Mail
They only converted 31.89 percent of the time, which ranked No. 116 out of 124 Football Bowl Subdivision teams.

WVU staying patient, believing in the process - BGN
With a handful of new coaches, a few of them with ties to WVU and the state of West Virginia prior to joining the staff, WVU head coach Dana Holgorsen wanted to make sure his players understood what they meant to the state and the fans who watch them play each week.

What a rush — running backs position room has depth, versatility - Charleston Daily Mail
"You’re only as good as the guys you got in your room. That’s what makes you a good coach. It ain’t about what you do and what you put on that board, it’s about the players around you."

Five experienced backs vying for playing time, carries with Mountaineers - Charleston Gazette
"Sure, guys are emerging. But it’s so early in camp that the biggest thing is keeping those guys fresh,’’ Seider said. "The worst thing you can do is make those types of decisions and then you get guys falling back because they don’t see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Mountaineers building depth at running back, receiver - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
With a showdown with No. 2 Alabama less than three weeks away, the battle for playing time at running back and wide receiver continues for the Mountaineers from West Virginia University.

WVU wants to display its depth - Exponent Telegram
"Defensively, it’s probably a little trickier because we have more bodies — more guys who are available to identify who does what right and who doesn’t," Holgorsen continued. "It’s a constant evaluation.

WVU's Brown moves past injury, to defensive end - Exponent Telegram
Yet, after going through the spring as the starting nose guard with Kyle Rose at defensive end, the coaching staff decided that they would have more to offer up front defensively if the two switched positions.

College Football's Top Transfers to Watch in 2014 -
RB Rushel Shell, West Virginia (from Pittsburgh)
DL Shaquille Riddick, West Virginia (from Gardner-Webb)

WATCH: WVU Assistants Talk Camp, NCAA Changes - WVillustrated
Mitchell, Seider, Galloway, DeForest & Crook TV: Player Interviews -
Tyler, Alford, Mathis & Clay

Around the League (and Beyond):

Baylor Football 2014 Position Previews: Wide Receivers - Our Daily Bears

Skywriters Tour: Iowa State Trusts In Mangino - Big 12 Conference

Montell Cozart right fit at QB for KU - Lawrence Journal World

Schellenberg has big role to fill in K-State secondary - Topeka Capital Journal

Oklahoma Sooners season preview - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Daxx Garman Now On Scholarship For OSU - Cowboys Ride For Free

Revisiting the leadership question with Texas QB David Ash - Burnt Orange Nation

Five Takeaways From TCU's First Week of Fall Camp - Frogs O' War

Youth on the outside: Red Raiders depending on all-sophomore cast at split end, flanker - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

What's On Tap:

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

WVU’s Countdown to Kickoff: Day 19 Lance Frazier - WVUPros
Continuing on with our 100 day countdown to WVU’s season opener against the Alabama Crimson Tide, we have reached day 19 the number once worn by WVU defensive back, Lance Frazier.

Video of Interest:

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Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is best known for her work with the SI Swimsuit Issue. CLICK HERE for today's gallery (and bonus video) of Irina Shayk.