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Mountaineer Morning Links: Thursday (9/4/14) Edition

Towson previews, player features, soccer news & notes, recruiting update, WVU Pros updates, Big 12 roundup & more.


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold & Blue Now: Sept. 4 - WV MetroNews
junior wide receiver Jordan Thompson reflects on his big catches and big drops during Saturday’s loss to Alabama. Also Spiro Morekas, Towson Play-by-Play, describes the changes for the Tigers after last year’s successful season.

Luck to Participate on Expert Panel - WVU Athletics
Luck to participate in safety forum.

Inside the 18 - Episode 2 - WVU Athletics
This past weekend featured a plethora of soccer matches in Morgantown. Check out the highlights of the action

Women's Soccer Blog: Price Pictures Goals - WVU Athletics
Cari Price is focused on goals for the Mountaineers.

Cary Gym Facelift - WVU Athletics
The WVU gymnastics team is training in a revamped Cary Gym.

News of Note:

Towson Preview - WVU Athletics
West Virginia faces Towson in the home opener on Saturday.

Mountaineer Insider Podcast - WVU Athletics
This week's podcast features interviews with special teams coordinator Joe DeForest, wide receiver Kevin White and Towson coach Rob Ambrose.

Trickett tries to gain momentum vs. Towson - Charleston Daily Mail
If last week was Clint Trickett’s second chance to make a first impression, Saturday’s game against Towson is his first shot at a second opportunity.

Casazza: Odd stack is back for WVU - Charleston Daily Mail
This is why Gibson was promoted. It’s why former WVU linebacker Anthony Leonard was hired as a graduate assistant who works with the linebackers.

Wednesday Walkthrough: Towson - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
Mike's Video Notebook

Hickman: Shell back on track since transfer from Pitt - Charleston Gazette
After things didn’t work out at Pitt, Rushel Shell found a home in West Virginia.

Shell's journey to WVU - Exponent Telegram
Things never were easy for Shell, not from the time he was born.

Shell regains love for football - Martinsburg Journal
There was a time, not that long ago, Rushel Shell didn’t even want to play football anymore.

Minimizing The Mistakes - BGN
Elijah Wellman and Jordan Thompson both had opportunities to make huge plays against No. 2 Alabama, but like many within West Virginia's offense, couldn't take advantage of the situation. Here, both players, along with running backs coach JaJuan Seider, delve into the whys and hows of finer execution.

Wellman puts Schmitt comparisons on hold: ‘I haven’t played that many snaps’ - WV MetroNews
Freshman fullback tries to build on college debut where he made a crucial third-down catch but had end-zone pass glance off his hands.

Wellman building own legacy with Mountaineers - Exponent Telegram
"I told him all he has to do is score a touchdown and he can build a bar," quarterback Clint Trickett said

Wellman Shakes Schmitt Comparisons, Looks Ahead to Home Opener - WVillustrated
A West Virginia native, the Mountaineer freshman fullback has his sights set on his first game in front of the home fans on Saturday.

WVU Defensive Line Goes Back to the Drawing Board - WVillustrated
The WVU defensive line had trouble getting their hands on Alabama quarterback Blake Sims, prompting Dana Holgorsen to re-evaluate the unit throughout the week.

Towson has Holgorsen’s respect - Charleston Gazette
"There are lots and lots of examples and I’ve got them written down,’’ Holgorsen said. "I’ll make sure our team is aware of it. It happens every year.’’

Ambrose: Out Of The Frying Pan, Into The Fire - BGN
Towson is recovering from a surprising upset home loss to Central Connecticut State heading into its week two match-up at West Virginia this Saturday. And, as head coach Rob Ambrose notes, the shellshock might be exactly what the Tigers needed.

Best is yet to come for West Virginia freshman Dravon Henry - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
It took him a series to find his feet, but the Aliquippa product held his own in his college debut against one of the country’s best receiving corps

Alford a man of many moves, quick steps - Exponent Telegram
Not imposing physically at 5-foot-8 and 178 pounds, Alford has some magical feet and used them to make the move that broke himself free for the 100-yard return.

WVU hopes it has found solutions to early problems - Register Herald
Problems are bound to pop up in a season opener, especially when a team’s opponent has won three of the last five national championships.

Time a factor for Mountaineers, Towson during season opening losses - WVUPros
"The amount of plays that we had were good for the amount of possessions we had, with the exception of the fourth quarter," Holgorsen said Tuesday. "We went three-and-out twice, and they were both in the fourth quarter. That quarter, offensively, was bad."

Temper expectations for WVU - Daily Athenaeum
There is a good reason why the day after the first slate of college football games of the season is widely known as "Overreaction Sunday".

Insider Q+A: Towson - EerSports
EerSports catches up with The Baltimore Sun's Edward Lee to get a behind-the-scenes look at the Mountaineers upcoming opponent, Towson.

WATCH: WVU Players Turn Page from Alabama to Towson - WVillustrated
Alford, Trickett, Kwiatkoski, Shell & Chestnut

The Chick-Fil-A Kickoff in Atlanta provided WVU fans with a great experience despite the loss - WVUPros
Our newest writer, Adam DelGuercio, provides us with his experience in Atlanta from this past weekend - from rubbing shoulders with Oliver Luck to tailgating with Alabama fans.


WVU Makes Cut For Four-Star RB - EerSports
Garner (NC) running back Nyheim Hines trimmed his list down to seven schools this evening, naming Ohio State, Florida, Wake Forest, N.C. State, Georgia, Duke and West Virginia to his final group.

Hines names top seven - Scout
Nyheim Hines released his top seven schools tonight. Following his announcement, the 2015 four-star Garner (N.C.) running back spoke with

Pro News:

Bruce Irvin on Packers rookie center Corey Linsley: "I’m gonna pray for him" - ProFootballTalk
Rookie Corey Linsley will get the start at center for the Green Bay Packers in Thursday night's season opener against the Seattle Seahawks.

The Pat White Podcast - Pat White Podcast Show #3 | Listen via Stitcher Radio On Demand
This week we recap the Alabama game and Pat talks about how a team recovers from a game like that and what he thinks of Clint Trickett. We have questions from listeners and Pat gives his true thoughts on Dana Holgorson and Rich Rodriguez. Plus why Towson is in for trouble and Pat's experience with the show American Muscle.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Big 12 Football: Notes, Quotes, Anecdotes - Big 12 Conference
Neither Oklahoma State nor West Virginia wanted any part of the "moral victory" story line.

Big 12 Week 2 Preview and Predictions -

Baylor's 3-4: The Defense That Dominated SMU And Could Change Everything - Our Daily Bears

Time to Start Thinking Outside the Box - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Defensive back Short withdraws from KU - Lawrence Journal World

K-State's Waters excited to play in home state against Iowa State - Topeka Capital Journal

Oklahoma Sooners At Tulsa Golden Hurricane Football Preview | What To Expect From The Offense - Crimson And Cream Machine

Cowboys plan to be smart with Hill - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Reports: Texas Longhorn dismiss OTs Desmond Harrison and Kennedy Estelle - Burnt Orange Nation

Midweek Musings: Week One. - Frogs O' War

Despite his public image, Kliff Kingsbury is nobody's pretty boy - FOX Sports

Which teams have most telling early season schedules?; more #DearAndy -

Mandel's Mailbag: Sizing up SEC East heavyweights, playoff noise and more - FOX Sports
Stewart, why did Nick Saban put his players and the WVU players at so much risk by running the hurry-up/no-huddle for three quarters of last week’s game?

What's On Tap:

Men’s Soccer Welcomes Virginia Tech - WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University men’s soccer team will play host Virginia Tech on Thursday, Sept. 4, at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

WVU vs. Towson Tigers: Game Day Information, TV, Radio, Gamewatches & More - The Smoking Musket
Game day information: Game notes, tickets, TV, radio, parking, weather, etc.

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.

Video of Interest:

Head men's soccer coach Marlon Leblanc discussed tonight's game against Virginia Tech.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is the model of the month for September. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Heather Wilde.