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Mountaineer Morning Links: Monday (9/8/14) Edition

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More Towson coverage, quarterbacks & running backs features, recruiting notes, WVU Pros updates, Big 12 roundup & more.

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold & Blue Now: Monday, Sept. 8 - WV MetroNews
Dana Holgorsen mentions how comfortable state of the play-calling is with the offense. Also, WVU posted its first shut out since 2010 back on Saturday with a 54-0 win over Towson. Tony Gibson spoke about it after the game.

Volleyball Tops Providence to Win Niagara Invite - WVU Athletics
The Mountaineers topped the Friars 3-0 for their sixth straight victory.

No. 13 Mountaineers Blank UNCG - WVU Athletics
The No. 13-ranked West Virginia University women’s soccer team withstood a physical test from a visiting UNC Greensboro this evening and earned a 2-0 win at Dick Dlesk Soccer Field in its final match of the WVU 90 Minute Classic.

Men’s Soccer Drops First Match of Season - WVU Athletics
The WVU men’s soccer team fell 1-0 to St. Francis (Pa.) on Sunday

News of Note:

Football Notebook: Present and Future on Display - WVU Athletics
We got to see the present and future under center Saturday.

WVU's offensive success has trickle down effect on William Crest - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"He got a little flustered there," Trickett said of Crest. "I told him that's going to be part of it. You've just got to put two hands on the ball."

WVU quarterbacks giving Holgorsen options - Charleston Gazette
There are plenty of reasons for Dana Holgorsen to feel better about his West Virginia football team heading into Saturday’s game at Maryland, not the least of which is his quarterback situation.

McGill: Holgorsen must find way to juggle Trickett, Crest - Charleston Daily Mail
At about 10:10 Saturday night, West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen lit fire to William Crest’s redshirt and poked the embers of intrigue when it comes to the quarterback position.

Growth of White, Thompson important to WVU’s pass success - Charleston Daily Mail
"He’s getting better, but if he wants to be a dominant football player, he needs to stay on his feet and cross that goal line for touchdowns," Holgorsen said.

WVU Football: Clint Trickett remains focused on improvement after stellar performance against Towson - WVUPros
After completing 35-of-40 passes against the Towson Tigers, what was West Virginia Mountaineers senior quarterback Clint Trickett thinking about?

Stellar QB play has offense clicking - Exponent Telegram
A couple of months ago, no one knew if West Virginia had any quarterbacks who could make them go.

A Glimpse Of The Future - EerSports
There was much debate among fans heading into the season of whether or not West Virginia should redshirt freshman William Crest, or put him in occasionally – mostly during garbage time – to get him experience for the future.

WVU notebook: Freshman QB impresses Holgorsen - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
Holgorsen said he might redshirt senior quarterback Paul Millard, who won and then lost the starting job last season, if Millard can get an extra year.

Shell's home debut not to be forgotten - Exponent Telegram
Tailback says he'll remember first game at Milan Puskar Stadium 'a long time'

WVU’s Shell shows abilities in ’Eers’ win - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Rushel Shell wanted to give himself an early birthday present Saturday night.

Shell, Smallwood light up the field for WVU Saturday - Daily Athenaeum
Sophomore running backs Wendell Smallwood and Rushel Shell led the way to victory on the ground, in the short passing game and on special teams.

Balanced attack serves WVU well - Daily Athenaeum
West Virginia was hitting on all cylinders during its blowout win over the Towson Tigers Saturday night.

WVU impressive in blowout of Towson - Times West Virginian
West Virginia University’s revitalized football team (1-1) obviously could do no wrong  — and certainly didn’t — in Saturday night’s home opener against Towson University.

WVU passed the tests vs. Towson - Register Herald
The scoreboard wasn’t really a focus Saturday night at Milan Puskar Stadium. Although some of the new video boards were nice to look at

Arndt cousins reflect on playing with West Virginia - Martinsburg Journal
Former Martinsburg players Darren and Justin Arndt were both on the first Bulldog football team to win a state title. The next year, the two were separated as Darren graduated and was playing at Shepherd, while Justin had one more year left at Martinsburg.

Upon Further Review: Pleasing the home crowd - WV MetroNews
Sounds, shots and scenes from the Mountaineers’ home opening 54-0 rout over Towson.

Mountaineer fans enjoy the winning moment - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
It's been a long time since the West Virginia University Mountaineers and their fans have relaxed and enjoyed a crushing of an opponent as witnessed in the 54-0 pounding of Towson State Saturday.

Big 12 Power Rankings: Week 2 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
5 ↑ West Virginia Mountaineers

2014 NCAA College Football Polls and Rankings for Week 3 - ESPN
receiving votes in both polls

Big 12 bowl projections: Week 2 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
Russell Athletic Bowl: West Virginia

Recruiting:

Mountaineers out front for big DL - EerSports
Defensive end Channing Hames (Baltimore, Md./St. Frances Academy) said West Virginia is the "team to beat."

Future 'Eers Shine on Offense and Defense - EerSports
West Virginia quarterback commit David Sills accounted for four total touchdowns, but it wasn't enough to lift Eastern Christian Academy (MD) past DeSoto (TX) last night

Pro News:

An improved Geno Smith leads the Jets to a victory over Oakland to start the NFL season - WVUPros
Geno Smith commits some familiar mistakes to start the game, but recovers to lead the Jets to a win to open the season.

Eers in the NFL: Week One - EerSports
A look at former Mountaineers playing in the National Football League during Week One.

Devin Ebanks signs with Israeli basketball team - WVUPros
After splitting last season between the Texas Legends and Springfield Armor of the D-League, Devin Ebanks announced via Instagram that he will play in Israel next season.

Kevin Jones to join the New Orleans Pelicans for training camp - WVUPros
"It feels good to have a chance on making a roster spot," Jones said.

Around the League (and Beyond):

K.D. Cannon gifs vs. Northwestern State - Our Daily Bears

Peters out for season - Ames Tribune

Kansas’ Tony Pierson returns to the team’s rushing attack - Kansas City Star

K-State defense rises to occasion in second half - Topeka Capital Journal

Oklahoma Sooners Lose Star Corner, Zack Sanchez, As Defense Comes Up Strong Against Tulsa - Crimson And Cream Machine

UPDATED: J.W. Walsh Injured Against Missouri State - Cowboys Ride For Free

The Blame Game - Burnt Orange Nation

TCU linebacker’s hunch pays off after he switches positions - Dallas-Fort Worth Star Telegram

Ten Thoughts on Texas Tech 30, UTEP 26 - Viva The Matadors

What are Big Ten's playoff chances after disastrous Week 2?; Punt, Pass & Pork - SI.com

Video of Interest:

Running back Rushel Shell discussed his first experience playing at Milan Puskar Stadium

Video of (Dis)Interest:


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