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Mountaineer Morning Links: Tuesday (9/9/14) Edition

Holgorsen on Big 12 teleconference, Crest features, Maryland previews begin, new football commit, WVU Pros updates, Big 12 roundup & more.


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold & Blue Now: Tuesday, Sept. 9 - WV MetroNews
Shannon Dawson compliments the offensive side of the ball, but still expects more. Also, former Mountaineer head football coach Don Nehlen gives his opinion on the progress of the team after their first two games.

Women's Soccer Retains No. 13 Ranking - WVU Athletics
The Mountaineers (4-2) steady ranking comes on the heels of a 2-0 showing over the weekend at the WVU 90 Minute Classic at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.

Pac-12 rises after Oregon trounces Michigan State; Georgia's Leonard Floyd -
West Virginia defensive coordinator Tony Gibson’s wife, Kerry, is back home after having a routine surgery last week at the Cleveland Clinic related to colon cancer.

Wells gets to the Root of Saturday's broadcast difficulties - Register Herald
Why were West Virginia University football fans and others, particularly in all of Morgantown and Wheeling, unable to receive the first half of Saturday night’s game against Towson on television?

News of Note:

Maryland Football Release - WVU Athletics
Notes for Saturday's Maryland game in College Park.

Holgorsen's Take: Big 12 Teleconference -
West Virginia (1-1) doesn't necessarily need a reminder about what happened last year against border rival Maryland (2-0) when the Mountaineers were beaten 37-0 in Baltimore.

Mountaineers recall rout by Terps - Charleston Gazette
"It’s the same exact team as when we played them last year and probably a little bit better.’’

Big 12 Teleconference: Holgorsen Motivated after Towson Win - WVillustrated
WVU Head Football Coach Dana Holgorsen spoke with the media on Monday morning, breaking down his team's lopsided win over Towson while shifting its focus to the Maryland Terrapins.

Holgorsen weary of Trickett running the ball - Charleston Daily Mail
It’s easy to understand West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen’s concern over undeniably effective, though unnervingly mobile quarterback Clint Trickett.

The Takeaway: On-the-move Trickett makes Holgorsen nervous - WV MetroNews
Allan Taylor and Garrett Cullen present the biggest, baddest replay show from West Virginia's wholesale domination of Towson.

Crest: Complete - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
But what WVU did by playing William Crest Saturday night is value the 2015 season greater than the 2018 season.

Backup QBs Big in Big 12 - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
Many teams already have played second-stringers

Crest sees first game action against Towson - Daily Athenaeum
“I looked at him. He had his helmet on. I said, ‘Get in’ and he just sprinted in there,” Holgorsen said after the game.

Hickman: White wants to cash in all those catches - Charleston Gazette
“It gets to me because I hate going down off of one tackle, especially an ankle tackle,’’ White said. “I’m a bigger guy. That shouldn’t happen.’’

Unanswered Questions - BGN
West Virginia has proven many things over the first two games. There are also aspects of play it has yet to showcase.

WVU ready for Power 5 test vs. Maryland - BGN
West Virginia's showdown against Maryland will be one of seven games this weekend between a Big 12 Conference and a team from another Power 5 league.

Maryland game critical for WVU, Big 12 - Register Herald
There’s not much pleasant about the memories of last year’s West Virginia-Maryland matchup for anybody who was wearing gold and blue on that rainy afternoon in Baltimore.

Holgorsen: WVU-Maryland is Same and Different - EerSports
Because of those similarities, Holgorsen says his team will be going through the film from last season in order to better prepare for this year.

Terps the same as last year — Holgorsen - Exponent Telegram
Holgorsen is expecting a different outcome, even though the game moves from a neutral field to Maryland’s home stadium at noon on Saturday.

West Virginia enters Maryland re-match with more experience, depth, confidence - Daily Athenaeum
West Virginia had won seven straight games against Maryland heading into its matchup with its border rival in 2013.

Einstein's observations apply to football - Exponent Telegram
We began our search in an effort to get the proper wording of Einstein’s observation that the definition of insanity was to do the same thing over and over and expect a different outcome, for surely this plays into the world of sports over and over.

WVU defense finds swagger - Martinsburg Journal
The West Virginia defense has their swagger back.

Monday Morning Stock Report: Fast-starting WVU takes out Towson - WV MetroNews
Signs were pointing up in Allan Taylor's weekly unit-by-unit evaluation of Mountaineers football.

MUSIC VIDEO: WVU Takes Care of Towson 54-0 - WVillustrated
A music video showcasing the sights and sounds of West Virginia's 54-0 trouncing over the Towson Tigers on Saturday night in Morgantown.

Big 12 FPI rankings: Week 2 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
36. West Virginia +13


Jones Makes it Official - EerSports
Woodland Hills (PA) athlete Jeremiah Jones has committed to West Virginia as an athlete, EerSports has confirmed.

Jones Ends Recruitment by Picking WVU - Scout
The Pittsburgh Woodland Hills 2016 athlete was just offered following a visit Saturday.

Jones picks WVU -
The 6-foot, nearly 200-pound athlete is the second commitment of the 2016 class, joining Freeport (Pa.) linebacker Logan Thimons.

Woodland Hills QB Jones picks West Virginia - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Quarterback Jeremiah Jones has started only a few games at Woodland Hills High School, but that didn't prevent him from earning a scholarship to a Division I college.

Big 12 recruiting scorecard - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
Here is the latest around the Big 12 on the recruiting trail during the past two weeks

Pro News:

Mountaineers in the NFL: Week 1 Recap - Smith and Mundy stand out - WVUPros
The opening weekend provided some WVUPros with fresh and new starts.

WVUPros NFL Player of the Week: Geno Smith - WVUPros
Geno Smith shredded any doubt that he should be the New York Jets’ starting quarterback by leading them to a Week 1 win on Sunday.

Mountaineers In The Pros: September 8 - WVU Athletics
The latest on WVU's professional baseball players.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Big Ten plummets in conference rankings - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
3. Big 12

Highlights, Injury News from Baylor's Meet the Press Event for Buffalo - Our Daily Bears

Kicking Off Hate Week 2014 - Wide Right & Natty Lite

KU fans stay away for opener - Wichita Eagle

Kansas State prepares for Auburn, but not without a bunch of creative scheduling - Wichita Eagle

Stoops - "Zack Sanchez Expected To Practice And Play Against Tennessee" - Crimson And Cream Machine

Should Rudolph Start Over Daxx? - Cowboys Ride For Free

The Tyrone Swoopes Conundrum: How Does Texas Longhorns OC Shawn Watson Play These Cards? - Barking Carnival

TCU football notes: Minnesota series put together reluctantly - Dallas-Fort Worth Star Telegram

Texas Tech Throwback Uniforms Announced for Arkansas Game - Viva The Matadors

What's On Tap:

Three game ticket package still available.

Video of Interest:

Senior linebacker Wes Tonkery is one of the only in state scholarship players on the Mountaineers' roster. This week's Wearing the Jersey presented by Panhandle Cleaners takes a look at how Tonkery's hard work has set him up for big things in his senior season.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is Lady of Spain. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Jessica Bueno.