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Mountaineer Morning Links: Wednesday (8/6/14) Edition

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Camp reports & photos, player interviews, WVU Pros updates, Big 12 roundup & more.

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold & Blue Now: August 6, 2014 - WV MetroNews
junior running back Dustin Garrison speaks on the tremendous running back depth for West Virginia. Plus we touch on Clint Trickett mentoring freshman quarterback William Crest thus far in preseason camp.

Big 12 to Host Athletic Forum in NYC - WVU Athletics
Oliver Luck among panelists for Wednesday's discussion.

Puerto Rico Tip-Off Bracket Announced - WVU Athletics
WVU will play three games in Puerto Rico

Women's Soccer Opens Preseason Camp - WVU Athletics
The WVU women's soccer team opens its 2014 preseason camp Wednesday.

Registration Open for Football 101 - WVU Athletics
Registration is still open for the Mountaineer Athletic Club’s (MAC) third annual Football 101 for Women, to be held on Sunday, Aug. 17, at Milan Puskar Stadium, from 5 - 9 p.m.

The Collegiate Licensing Company - - Annual Rankings 2013-14
20. West Virginia

News of Note:

What do we make of William Crest? - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
Actually, let’s make it three things, because 3) William Crest returning punts is a Thing now.

Camp different for Trickett with no competition for starting job - Charleston Daily Mail
"I care so much that it ate away at me at night worrying about things," he said. "Not to have that now in the back of your mind is definitely helping me. I’m actually gaining weight."

The three wise men who championed Clint Trickett’s offseason - WV MetroNews
The doctor, the coach and the guru—James Andrews, Dana Holgorsen and Chris Weinke—played lead roles in QB's rejuvenation.

WVU notebook: Holgorsen hoping to make the most of contact limitations - Charleston Gazette
There is a fine line between getting ready to play and staying healthy enough to play during a month of preseason football practice.

Gibson: Riddick Can Help WVU's D - WVU Athletics
Gardner-Webb transfer has one year with WVU.

Reports out of WVU's football camp are most encouraging - Register-Herald
It is certainly encouraging that there’s talk of a completely new outlook evolving from West Virginia’s football training camp this year.

Mountaineer Line: Better Trust, Cohesion - BGN
Legendary NBA coach Phil Jackson once instructed players to envision being "a frog on a lily pad." It was his way of transfusing a state of inner calm mixed with unity.

WVU offensive line could be a plus - Charleston Gazette
If this year is going to be any different, it will likely be due to the fact that the middle of the line is experienced and the tackles promising, if not entirely tested.

Ordained as center once more, Orlosky targets consistency - WV MetroNews
Camp notebook: Cornerback Nana Kyeremeh working his way up depth chart after injury nixed his 2013 role.

Winning, team come first for WVU’s Spain - Inter-Mountain
The preseason honors have certainly piled up for Quinton Spain.

Good parenting kept Lucas focused on athletics, academics - Exponent Telegram
Marquis Lucas is from Miami, Florida but don’t be looking to be taking any vacations in his neighborhood.

Clay jokes Big 12 tight ends face anonymity problem - WV MetroNews
Spread offenses have diminished role of tight ends in the passing game.

Who replaces Tampa Bay's Charles Sims for WVU this season? - WVUPros
Which West Virginia running back can replace the production lost when Charles Sims was selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in this year's NFL Draft?

Buie Ready to Prove Himself... Again - EerSports
"I’m not trying to get credit for stuff that I did in the past. I got to work and prove myself all over again."

Great Expectations - BGN
It’s the least noticed group on an unheralded team, these West Virginia specialists. But with two entrenched kickers and arguably the top long snapper in the Big 12, the Mountaineers appear steady and solid, the first two things coaches desire in special teams.

Everyone seems to like Lamar - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
Parker isn’t allowed to talk to the media this season because he’s a freshman, but his peers have plenty to say about him already.

BGN Video: Worley and Trickett - BGN
West Virginia's first full practice in pads was one of the most spirited ones of the early portion of the Mountaineers' preseason camp.

Watch Karl Joseph Fall Camp Update - WVU Athletics
Saftey Karl Joseph discusses the 2014 fall camp.

2014 Big Twelve Football Position Rankings | Defensive Seconday - Crimson And Cream Machine
8. West Virginia Mountaineers

VIDEO INTERVIEWS: WVU Football Players Talk to Media - WVillustrated
Spain, Lucas, O'Toole, Joseph, Orlosky, White & Shorts, Clay, & Worley

WVSports.com TV: Player Interviews - WVSports.com
WVSports.com TV brings you video interviews with WVU's Mark Glowinski, Cody Clay, Jordan Thompson, Nick O'Toole & Kyle Rose.

Photo Gallery 3: Fall Practice 2104 photos - WVSports.com
WVSports.com brings you exclusive photos from West Virginia's fall practices of 2014.

Recruiting:

Recruiting 101: WVU Football Coaches Explain Approach in Bringin - WVillustrated
WVU assistants Lonnie Galloway and JaJuan Seider are much more than position coaches; they're the lead recruiters focusing on the future of the program on a daily basis.

Pro News:

Report: Packers' Don Barclay suffers torn ACL - NFL.com
Green Bay Packers swing tackle Don Barclay reportedly suffered a torn ACL during Tuesday's practice session.

Michael Vick of New York Jets says Geno Smith will be much better than last season - ESPN New York
Two weeks into training camp, presumed New York Jets backup Michael Vick is keeping the pressure on Geno Smith, whom he expects to develop into one of the NFL's top young quarterbacks.

WVUPros #NFLTrainingCamp Quick Slants 8-5-14: Preseason Week 1 Depth Charts - WVUPros
Here is what we have learned from the depth charts that have been published thus far:

CFL Week 6 Recap: Slaton Shines In Blowout Victory for the Argos; Sanders Held in Check in Close Loss to the Lions - WVUPros
Only two WVU football alumni were scheduled to play for their respective Canadian Football League teams in this being week six of the CFL regular season.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Baylor Bears season preview - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Iowa State Cyclones season preview - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Over/under questions for the 2014 Kansas football season - Rock Chalk Talk

Demystifying Kansas State: When, why, and how are the Wildcats good? - Football Study Hall

Oklahoma football notebook: Tight end Blake Bell shines in Oklahoma drill - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Mike Gundy talks quarterbacks, says Daxx Garman is preparing for "10-to-12 snaps" against Florida State - Oklahoman

"Brutal" May film study with Charlie Strong showcased lack of effort by Horns - Burnt Orange Nation

Could Devonte Fields Actually Rejoin TCU Football? - Frogs O' War

Red Raider Gridiron: First Practice Recap; Kingsbury and Morris on Offense - Viva The Matadors

Big 12 Coaches: A Pro-Con Analysis - Bring On The Cats
The Circus provides vitally important intelligence on the Big 12's coaching fratermity.

Ranking the Big 12's Best and Worst Logos in 2014 - AthlonSports.com
4. West Virginia

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

WVU’s Countdown to Kickoff: Day 24 Artie Owens - WVUPros
Continuing on with our 100 day countdown to WVU’s season opener against the Alabama Crimson Tide, we have reached day 24, the number once worn by WVU running back, Artie Owens.

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Miss Throwdown:

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