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Mountaineer Morning Links: Wednesday (9/3/14) Edition

Coach Holgorsen's presser, player & coaches interviews, soccer notes, recruiting notes, WVU Pros updates, Big 12 roundup & more.


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold & Blue Now: Wednesday, Sept. 3 - WV MetroNews
football coach Dana Holgorsen discusses the upcoming home opener against Towson. Also, we see how players are bouncing back after West Virginia’s 33-23 season-opening loss to Alabama in Atlanta.

Vingle: Luck, Hamrick looking to put schedules on ‘roids - Charleston Gazette
If you’ve been closely following college football this season, you’ve probably noticed the attention being paid to nonconference schedules.

Student attendance for college football games down across nation - Exponent Telegram
West Virginia’s athletic department is well aware of the trend and taking steps to bring its students back into the games.

WVU fighting to find consistency early in tough non-conference slate - Daily Athenaeum
The West Virginia women’s soccer team has been riding a roller coaster this season.

Schwindel Named Senior CLASS Candidate - WVU Athletics
Forward Kate Schwindel of the West Virginia University women’s soccer team has been selected as a candidate for the 2014 Senior CLASS Award.

Merriam leading the way for WVU early on - Daily Athenaeum
At least according to his coach Marlon LeBlanc, who sang nothing but high praises for the junior midfielder following the men’s soccer team’s season opening win against St. John’s last weekend.

Bevin Named a Senior CLASS Candidate - WVU Athletics
Senior forward Andy Bevin of the West Virginia University men’s soccer team is one of 30 candidates for the 2014 Senior CLASS Award, the organization announced today.

Thomas Named Athlete of the Week - WVU Athletics
Varsity Sports Report

News of Note:

Holgorsen Media Conference: Towson - WVU Athletics
Video and transcript here, video also embedded below.

Players and Coaches Press Conference : Towson - WVU Athletics
Players and assistant coaches addressed the media Tuesday night. TV: Assistant Coach & Player Interviews -
Scrap, Trickett, Shell & Gibson

WATCH: WVU Football Assistant Coaches Prepare for Towson - WVillustrated
Gibby, Sieder, Crook, Scrap, Galloway, Mitchell & DeForest

Personnel changes evident in first game - Charleston Daily Mail
Casazza's Notebook

WVU notebook: Holgorsen expects similar effort - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
"I told them Sunday, they set the standard, they set the bar for how they need to play all year. If we can get those guys to play with that kind of effort, with that kind of energy and that kind of excitement, then we're gonna have a good year."

Shell makes his mark for Mountaineers - Charleston Daily Mail
"It just felt good to line up an see someone in a different jersey and hear everyone screaming," Shell said. "It was a great thing to feel."

Holgorsen: "We're All Excited" About Rushel Shell - EerSports
West Virginia Head Coach Dana Holgorsen met with the media on Tuesday, and while a lot of the focus was on this coming week's game against Towson, there was plenty of discussion about who played well against Alabama.

West Virginia Holgorsen's news conference of lights-out variety - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"If we're after moral victories or pats on the back, we accomplished our goal," Holgorsen said. "If we want to win a championship, which is what we talk about, then the determination needs to translate into a victory the next time."

Holgorsen says WVU will ‘win a bunch of games’ if it maintains energy - WV MetroNews
In Tuesday's news conference, the coach says Mountaineers set the standard for the rest of the season with 33-23 loss to Alabama.

Energy is there for this team to be good - Exponent Telegram
said Holgorsen. "Our energy throughout the course of the game was at an all-time high."

Holgorsen wants no let-up vs. Towson - Charleston Gazette
West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen is preparing his team for its home opener Saturday against Towson.

Holgorsen says WVU will ‘win a bunch of games’ if it maintains energy - WV MetroNews
In Tuesday's news conference, the coach says Mountaineers set the standard for the rest of the season with 33-23 loss to Alabama.

Holgorsen's Take: Pre-Towson -
West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen didn't need any reminding of the success that FCS teams have had knocking off FBS teams in recent years.

West Virginia's next foe: 'The Alabama of I-AA' - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
West Virginia Notebook

O-Line Ready For Next Challenge - EerSports
No position unit may have been challenged more on Saturday than West Virginia’s offensive line.

Pass-ing Grade For WVU, now onto Towson - BGN
The grades are out, and West Virginia's passing offense gets more than that. The Mountaineers graded out quite well in the pass game, from quarterback-wideout decisions to play execution and offensive line pass protection. Here, a trio of minds dissect the play - and the potential of what could have been with a more crisp performance.

WVU's intensity level must stay high against Towson - Daily Athenaeum
Seemingly every year in college football, there is a team from a traditional powerhouse conference that gets caught napping against an FCS team.

The Takeaway: Opening day, Chick-fil-A and 100 plays - WV MetroNews
Allan Taylor and Garrett Cullen deliver a comprehensive video recap of WVU-Alabama, pointing out everything you might have missed watching the game in real-time.

Trickett, offensive coaches not sweating pass-heavy ratio vs. Bama - WV MetroNews
Quarterback says his line calls led to West Virginia using 48 designed pass plays and only 21 runs in season opener.

WVU Offense Regaining Momentum After Erratic 2013 - WVillustrated
There's reason to be optimistic about WVU's offense this season after lighting up the Alabama defense in a 33-23 loss on Saturday night.

‘Squirt’ wants consistency after acrobatic catch was tempered by 2 drops - WV MetroNews
WVU receiver Jordan Thompson recounts lunging grab and breathtaking hit he absorbed from Landon Collins.

West Virginia must improve in critical situations - Daily Athenaeum
With Towson up next for WVU Saturday night at 7:30, Holgorsen focused his attention on preparing for the Mountaineers’ next opponent.

Dravon Henry plays 81 of 82 snaps in his freshman debut - WV MetroNews
The free safety made six tackles vs. Alabama and was indoctrinated to the speed of the game.

Alford’s happy return earns Big 12 special-teams honor - WV MetroNews
Jordan Thompson says fielding punt inside his 10 was the right move.

Oklahoma State Cowboys, WVU Mountaineers look to build off openers - ESPN
Oklahoma State and West Virginia might both be 0-1. But the way they lost their openers has completely changed the outlook for the rest of their seasons. For the better, too.

Big 12 Power Rankings: Week 1 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
6 West Virginia Mountaineers

2014 NCAA College Football Polls and Rankings for Week 2 - ESPN
Receiving votes in both polls


Prospects applaud effort vs. ’Bama - Charleston Gazette
recruits who were glued to their televisions and came away thoroughly impressed with what they saw from the Mountaineers.

Furfari: WVU’s 122 gridders recruited from 18 states - Times West Virginian
I can remember, as a young sports writer in the early 1950s, when West Virginia University fielded a football squad of only about 45 players.

Pro News:

Pat White and Matty Staudt team up to bring you the Pat White Podcast - WVUPros
On July 31st, in the middle of his first season with the Edmonton Eskimos, Pat White began working on a possible post-playing career in broadcasting with the debut of the appropriately named Pat White Podcast on Stitcher Radio.

CFL Week 10 Recap: Four Mountaineer Alums Participate in Labor Day CFL Action - WVUPros
Four Mountaineer alumni were in action on Labor Day as the CFL finishes up Week 10 of the 2014 regular season

Around the League (and Beyond):

SEC extends lead in Power Rankings - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
#3 - Big 12

Baylor Football Cinematic Highlights vs. SMU - Our Daily Bears

North Dakota State Postmortem Report - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Opening-week bye no picnic for Weis, Jayhawks - Lawrence Journal World

Ready or not, K-State plays Big 12 game this week - Topeka Capital Journal

Anatomy Of A Play | Sterling Shepard's 16-Yard Touchdown Catch - Crimson And Cream Machine

Oklahoma State's Emmanuel Ogbah Awarded Big 12 Defensive Player Of The Week - Cowboys Ride For Free

Play caller Shawn Watson updates the Texas quarterback situation - Burnt Orange Nation

Boykin named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week - Frogs O' War

For Texas Tech the answer is easy: Straight football. No switchblades. - Viva The Matadors

Forde-Yard Dash: Where lies are over the top and snap judgments are passed - Yahoo Sports

What's On Tap:

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

Towson Game Notes - WVU Athletics
Game notes for Saturday's Towson game.

Single Game Parking Passes Available - WVU Athletics
Parking passes in the Burgundy, Green, Gold, Purple and White Lots can be purchased in advance at or by calling 1-800-WVU GAME.

Updated Game Day Parking Information - WVU Athletics
With the home opener of the 2014 WVU football season scheduled for Sept. 6, the WVU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is providing a guide to help fans, especially Blue Lot parking pass holders, with game day parking and tailgating information.

WVU vs. Maryland Tailgate 2014 - WVU Alumni Assn
Are you headed to the WVU-Maryland Game on Sept. 13? Join us for the pre-game festivities! Join fellow Mountaineers for a "Beat the Terrapins" pre-game event September 13 (9:30 a.m. to Noon), Marriott Inn & Conference Center Patio & Lawn University of Maryland University Center (Adjacent to Byrd Stadium), 3501 University Blvd., East, Hyattsville, MD.

Video of Interest:

Head football coach Dana Holgorsen addressed the media Tuesday. The Mountaineers take on Towson in their home opener on Saturday.

Video of (Dis)Interest:


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