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Mountaineer Morning Links: Tuesday (4/7/15) Edition

Football practice reports, baseball heads to Maryland, recruiting & pros news, Big 12 roundup & more.


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What You May Have Missed:

WVU faces important questions for future - Dominion Post
The future is built on a platoon of players left behind who gained considerable experience this season.

West Virginia heads to Maryland, seeks 10th win in 11 games - Daily Athenaeum
The Terrapins haven’t exhibited any signs of a hangover from that disappointment this season and have climbed up to No. 17 in the nation after a 22-7 start.

National Student-Athlete Day - WVU Athletics
Today we recognize all of our outstanding student-athletes

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

West says he and Hundley were close, despite different styles of play - Beckley Register-Herald
Basketball Hall of Famer Jerry West talked about his longtime friend and former professional teammate Rod Hundley, who died recently at the age of 80 in Phoenix, Ariz.

Remembering Hundley: Share your stories of ‘Hot Rod’ - WV MetroNews
MetroNews welcomes your personal stories and encounters as part of a collection on the colorful basketball legend.

News of Note:

Mountaineers search for ‘right depth’ at running back - Charleston Daily Mail
This period of 15 practices, which hits No. 7 on Tuesday, is just as much about finding new bodies for the roles Dreamius Smith, Dustin Garrison and Andrew Buie filled last season.

Barber’s odyssey worth it - Charleston Gazette
"I’m just trying to start over,’’ Barber said. "It’s a new me.’’

Hard times makes Barber appreciate playing more - Exponent Telegram
No, we’re talking about really wanting something — a life’s ambition, about having it right there at your fingertips but the more you reached, the further away it got.

Ranking the Big 12's offensive triplets - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
6. West Virginia: QB Skyler Howard, RB Rushel Shell, WR Jordan Thompson

WVU Spring Football Outlook: Offensive Line - BGN
The move of Adam Pankey from left tackle to left guard was the buzz of pre-spring talk, but there are many more issues to analyze as the West Virginia offensive line tries to become a more effective unit in 2015.

Gold & Blue Now: Monday, April 6 - WV MetroNews
Dana Holgorsen address the quarterback battle coming out of practice number six. We also hear from Skylar Howard and Jared Barber on how they think spring is coming along.

Gold & Blue Now: Tuesday, April 7 - WV MetroNews
new special teams coach Mark Scott discusses his expanded role this season. We also hear from Elijah Wellman as he transitions from blocking back to running back this spring.

WATCH: WVU Football Assistants Meet the Media - WVillustrated
See interviews with Tony Gibson, Mark Scott and Ron Crook as the Mountaineers continue spring drills this week in Morgantown.

Michael Irvin takes WR draft prospects through intense workout - 247Sports
The Hall of Famer, currently an analyst on the NFL Network, got a chance to coach up WVU's Kevin White, Michigan's Devin Funchess, Duke's Jamison Crowder, and Kansas State's Tyler Lockett.

2015 NFL Draft wide receiver overview: How Kevin White overtook Amari Cooper on some draft boards - Washington Post
But in the eyes of many NFL general managers and scouts, White’s upside as an NFL receiver is every bit as promising as Cooper’s — if not more so.


Big 12 recruiting scorecard - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
No new commitments in Big 12 country last week, but there's still plenty going on in the recruiting game. Here's the latest:

Pro News:

Geno Smith has money (and job) on line in Jets' offseason program - NFL Nation - ESPN
Not that Geno Smith needs extra incentive to attend the New York Jets' offseason program, technically voluntary, but he has a nice chunk of money at stake as he prepares for his third season.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Baylor Releases Post-Spring Depth Charts - Our Daily Bears

Catching Up On Spring Football - Wide Right & Natty Lite

KU football D-backs coaches already clicking - Lawrence Journal World

2015 NFL Draft: Kansas State IOL B.J. Finney Draft Profile - Pats Pulpit

Why the coaches are getting creative with Eric Striker's unique talent - Oklahoman

Anthony Allen Charged with Unlawful Possession - Cowboys Ride For Free

Sources: Isaiah Taylor Will Enter NBA Draft - Burnt Orange Nation

Kyan Anderson: A Frogs O' War Feature - Frogs O' War

Top-10 player spring update: Texas Tech - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

What's On Tap:

Baseball Travels to No. 16 Maryland - WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University baseball team will travel to No. 16 Maryland on Tuesday, April 7, for a 3 p.m. non-conference game at Bob "Turtle" Smith Stadium.

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