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Mountaineer Morning Links: Wednesday (4/29/14) Edition

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Football player features, draft previews (including WVUPros), Baseball drops game to Marshall, recruiting notes, Big 12 roundup & more.

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What You May Have Missed:

WVU Caravan makes stop - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Coaches talk Mountaineer athletics

Henson Honored by Amateur Wrestling News - WVU Athletics
WVU's Sammie Henson was named the Rookie Coach of the Year by the magazine

Championship team bids farewell to four seniors - Daily Athenaeum
“You’ll shoot your eye out” is a commonly heard phrase when speaking of rifles or shooting. For four seniors of the 17-time National Champion West Virginia rifle team, they shot their hearts out instead.

West Virginia team parts ways for summer break - Daily Athenaeum
As the 2015 spring semester comes to a close, the members of West Virginia University’s men’s golf team are beginning to head their separate ways for the summer.

THE READ OPTION: The great satellite camps debate rages on - SBNation.com
Your daily roundup of college football goodness. Read what you want, because it's THE READ OPTION.

News of Note:

Football

Dillon could be answer to WVU’s punt return issues - Charleston Daily Mail
Except not even that is true because WVU found someone Saturday who made it look easy and who had never done it before. Naturally, it’s K.J. Dillon, the most confident player on the roster.

X Marks the Spot - WVU Athletics
Sophomore LB Xavier Preston is working his way up the depth chart.

Trying times are paying off for West Virginia's Skyler Howard - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
"I looked at Skyler and said 'Are you ready to go?' and he said, 'Let’s do this,'" Holgorsen said.

Depth could make WVU a running team - Daily Athenaeum
But quietly, last year’s Mountaineer football squad ran the ball more than they passed, relying on a stable of capable backs who could each carry the day for the team. This year may be no different.

Spring football is over -- what did we learn? - Beckley Register-Herald
Then it’s time to wrap up spring football, which ended Saturday with the annual Gold-Blue Spring Game in Morgantown.

FURFARI: WVU offensive unit disappoints fans with poor spring game performance - Times West Virginian
Those 8,119 fans who turned out for last Saturday’s West Virginia University Gold-Blue intrasquad football scrimmage at Milan Puskar Stadium and Mountaineer Field had to be bored.

Draft

West Virginia wide receiver White is no longer lacking options - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
A projected top-10 pick in this week's NFL Draft, West Virginia receiver Kevin White received only two Division I scholarship offers coming out of Lackawanna College.

Fifteen NFL Draft experts predict Kevin White's future - College To Pro Sports
As the NFL Draft on Thursday, here is where fifteen different NFL Draft experts believe White will land.

Final Kevin White NFL Draft Projections - EerSports
We're roughly 48 hours from the star of the 2015 NFL Draft, and EerSports has compiled the final projections for West Virginia wide receiver Kevin White.

Kevin White only Big 12 player attending Thursday’s NFL Draft - Houston Chronicle
White would be the third West Virginia player picked in the first round in the last four drafts.

As NFL draft nears, WVU’s White brimming with confidence - Charleston Gazette
If there’s anything Kevin White lacks as an NFL prospect, it’s not confidence.

Browns Draft Profile: Kevin White - EerSports
The Cleveland Browns have been associated more with DeVante Parker and Amari Cooper throughout the draft process but another talented player at the wide receiver position is Kevin White of West Virginia.

Gold and Blue Now: Wednesday, April 29 - WV MetroNews
Matt Richner predicts where he thinks Kevin White will go in Thursday’s draft.

Always Progressing - WVSports.com
It didn't take long for Lackawanna College head coach Mark Duda to realize he had a special player on his team when Mark Glowinski arrived in Scranton.

NFL Draft Call: WVU - BGN
Mock drafts are all over as the annual NFL Selection Meetings, otherwise known as the NFL Draft, loom this week. Where do West Virginia's players figure to fit in the three-day extravaganza, which begins Thursday evening?

Ranking Big 12 Teams in the NFL Draft since 2005 - AthlonSports.com
4. West Virginia

Becht's tale of an emotional day waiting by the phone - Exponent Telegram
Anthony Becht knows what it’s like. He’s been through it, too, and his, he believes, is a unique tale of waiting and wondering.

Baseball

WVU Hopes Dim With Loss to Herd - BGN
West Virginia may have seen its chances at an NCAA Tournament at-large bid disappear in a moribund 3-2 loss to Marshall on Tuesday night.

Thundering Herd gets revenge, downs West Virginia 3-2 - Beckley Register-Herald: College Sports
The season series will end in a draw.

Marshall defeats WVU, 3-2 - Exponent Telegram
The West Virginia University baseball team was unable to overcome an early deficit, falling 3-2 to Marshall on Tuesday in front of 2,263 fans at Appalachian Power Park.

West Virginia drops mid-week game against Marshall, 3-2 last night - Daily Athenaeum
It was a reversal of the scoreline that saw the Mountaineers over Marshall at the Monongalia County Ballpark exactly one week before

WVU’s Mazey does a little daydreamin’ at the APP - Charleston Gazette
“The pinnacle of the program, hopefully, will be four or five years from now.”

Photo Gallery: WVU vs Marshall - BGN
Images from the West Virginia - Marshall baseball game in Charleston

Recruiting:

WVU recruiting: Recruits impressed by spring game - Charleston Gazette
Over the weekend, several thousand fans made their way to Milan Puskar Stadium to see West Virginia’s football team take part in the annual Gold-Blue spring game. Joining those fans were dozens of Mountaineer recruits, many of whom were impressed with what they saw.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Bob Bowlsby 'fairly confident' Big 12 can fix tiebreaker issue - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Did Art Briles Just Drop a Major Baylor Scheduling Spoiler for 2020/2021? - Our Daily Bears

Rookie running backs ready to contribute at Iowa State - Des Moines Register

Spring game review: Kansas Jayhawks - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Kansas State return man Dominique Heath hopes big spring game leads to big things - Wichita Eagle

Oklahoma Sooners DBs could get boost from new voice

OSU football notebook: Former receiver Ra'shaad Samples headed to Houston - Oklahoman

Texas is a major underdog vs. Notre Dame - Burnt Orange Nation

TCU QB Boykin given key to hometown - FOX Sports

Texas Tech Needs A Rival - Viva The Matadors

What's On Tap:

Football Season Ticket Renewal Deadline May 1 - WVU Athletics
With the priority deadline quickly approaching, WVU football season ticket holders are reminded to renew their 2015 season tickets online at WVUGAME.com.

Video of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Hump Day Video of the Week:

Miss Throwdown:

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