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Mountaineer Morning Links: Tuesday (8/5/14) Edition

Practice reports, Crest features, recruiting scorecard, Big 12 roundup & more.


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold & Blue Now: August 5, 2014 - WV MetroNews
Dana Holgorsen addressed the media yesterday morning in regards and touched on the first full contact practice for the pre-season. We also hear from recent 2016 WVU basketball commit Chase Harlar, a rising-junior from Wheeling Central.

Big Day in NCAA History Approaching - WVU Athletics
NCAA Board of Directors vote set for Aug. 7.

Luck to Present to MLS Technical Committee - WVU Athletics
Luck is a big proponent of the full-academic year men's soccer proposal.

Inspiring a Nation - WVU Athletics
Ashley Lawrence, one of three Mountaineers on the Canada U-20 women's soccer team, is excited to compete for the World Cup in front of a home crowd.

News of Note:

Watch Dana Holgorsen Fall Camp Update No. 2 - WVU Athletics
Dana Holgorsen addresses members of the media on Monday.

Mike Casazza: Trio of candidates make WVU backup QB battle intriguing - Charleston Daily Mail
"That competition," WVU offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Shannon Dawson said, "is going to be a good one. It’s going to be a really good one."

Video blog: Day five - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
Casazza's video notebook

Mountaineers focusing on finishing - Charleston Daily Mail
Casazza's print Notebook

West Virginia notebook: Mountaineers go to different finishing school - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
West Virginia’s four-win 2013 season was nothing short of a disappointment, but the Mountaineers weren’t as far from pay dirt as their record might suggest.

Dave Hickman: Freshman making strides at QB - Charleston Gazette
The fact that William Crest is taking some of the reps with West Virginia’s second-team offense less than a week into fall camp is really no great surprise.

Talented Crest just scratching the surface - Exponent Telegram
Dana Holgorsen knows he has a special talent in freshman William Crest but at present he is not a special quarterback, and that creates a perplexing situation for the West Virginia football coach as he heads into his fourth season.

WVU’s talented QB Crest may be too good to redshirt - Register-Herald
To play or not to play? That is the question for West Virginia University head football coach Dana Holgorsen when it comes to talented freshman William Crest.

Practice update: Intensity surges during full-contact drills - WV MetroNews
After four non-contact practices, West Virginia began tackling Monday afternoon.

Oklahoma drills highlight first day in pads - BGN
During his media briefing earlier in the day, Dana Holgorsen told those in attendance that with Monday being the first day in pads, his team would be doing some Oklahoma drills and continuing to get after it like they had the first few days.

WVU Returns Experienced ‘D’ - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
You probably wouldn’t pin Dana Holgorsen as a glass-half-full kind of guy.

Holgorsen's Take: 8/4 -
With five practices in the books, there was a hint of excitement in the voice of Dana Holgorsen at his press conference on Monday.

Quick Hits: WVU Takes Part in Fall Camp Practice No. 5 - WVillustrated
News and notes regarding WVU's fifth practice during Fall Football Camp.

No easing into schedule this year for WVU - Exponent Telegram
Unable to play pre-season games like the professionals, major college schools usually face a lesser opponent such as William and Mary, Coastal Carolina and Liberty, all of whom WVU has faced to start the season over the past five years.

Rose, Brown switch roles on WVU defensive line - Charleston Gazette
Pay no attention to the published depth chart where West Virginia’s defensive line is concerned.

Dayron Wilson’s play spurs Holgorsen to award a scholarship - WV MetroNews
The junior walk-on from Lackawanna College has made an impression while subbing for K.J. Dillon.

Top safeties in the Big 12 Conference football - 247Sports
2- Karl Joseph, Jr., West Virginia

Who has the Big 12's Biggest Little Man? - Bring On The Cats
GTCat takes a guest look at the best little guys in the Big 12.

BGN Video: Oklahoma Drills and More - BGN
After a brief stretch session, West Virginia jumpstarted its practice with among the most physical of drills in an Oklahoma session. TV: Sights & Sounds from Fall Camp - TV brings you sights and sounds from WVU Fall Camp.


Big 12 recruiting scorecard - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
Here's the latest on how each Big 12 school is faring on the recruiting front.

Around the League (and Beyond):

The 2014 Baylor Football Trailer - "Dream Big Dream Baylor" - Our Daily Bears

Five Questions to Answer in Fall Camp - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Kansas football camp questions - Wichita Eagle

K-State’s Tyler Lockett has a long list of goals - Wichita Eagle

Oklahoma football: Durron Neal hopes patience pays off this season - Oklahoman (autoplay ad)

How good is Mike Gundy? The numbers speak for themselves. - Cowboys Ride For Free

Texas culture change trickling down to helmet decals - Burnt Orange Nation

Skywriters Tour: TCU Seeks Boost From New Scheme - Big 12 Conference

Preparing new D-linemen, teaching young QBs Kingsbury's camp priorities - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

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.

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

Video of Interest:

Oklahoma Drill featuring Kevin White and Karl Joseph, courtesy of Mike Casazza

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is an all American beauty. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Hailey Clauson.