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The Shotgun/Throwdown (7/18/18): Will Grier is prepared for his Heisman Trophy moment

Grier was getting his Tom Brady on front and center at Big 12 Media Days in large part because the Mountaineers have put him there.

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Football

West Virginia QB Will Grier is ready for his Heisman Trophy moment | EerSports
In a conference defined by Baker Mayfield and Mason Rudolph a year ago, Grier’s prodigious stats and play were somewhat overlooked nationally. That won’t be the case in 2018 as West Virginia’s already launched a preseason Heisman Trophy campaign for its second-year starter.

Grier Named to Davey O’Brien Award Watch List | West Virginia Athletics
West Virginia University redshirt senior quarterback and Heisman Trophy Award candidate Will Grier was one of 26 quarterbacks to be named to the 2018 Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award Watch List on Tuesday, as announced by the Davey O’Brien Foundation.

After 6 straight losses, can WVU bridge its Oklahoma divide? | WV MetroNews
When he’s not battling on Fortnite, linebacker David Long devotes free time to battling the ghosts of old West Virginia games on YouTube. The losses against Oklahoma sting the most.

Big 12 Media Day: WVU fine dealing with high preseason expectations | Charleston Gazette-Mail
Dana Holgorsen is not afraid of some preseason chatter. When it comes to his West Virginia University football team, he welcomes it.

Holgorsen and Mountaineers Power Up Their Schedule | West Virginia Athletics
West Virginia is one of only two Big 12 teams to face 11 Power 5 opponents and one of just 11 other teams in the country playing that many Power 5 foes.

Big 12 Media Day notebook: Holgorsen expects more efficient offense in 2018 | Charleston Gazette-Mail
Life without play-calling duties took some getting used to for West Virginia University football coach Dana Holgorsen. Still, there were things Holgorsen wanted to improve.

Early Bowl Projections Rolling in For WVU Football | EerSports
West Virginia will kick off fall camp in roughly two weeks, and the season will begin less than 50 days from now. With football getting closer, several publications have taken a stab at the bowl projections for the upcoming season.

Askew-Henry digs in at Spur with no fear of failing | WV MetroNews
West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen didn’t flinch when asked if Dravon Askew-Henry would be able to handle playing the “spur” safety position for the first time as a senior.

Dana Holgorsen, Will Grier Prepared for Massive 2018 Expectations | Heartland College Sports
Do you have high expectations for the West Virginia Mountaineers? Head coach Dana Holgorsen has no problem with that.

Basketball

Carter Named to NABC Honors Court | West Virginia Athletics
The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) today announced the 2017-18 NABC Honors Court, recognizing those men's collegiate basketball student-athletes who excelled in academics during the past season.

Around the Big 12

Long-haired Longhorn hates goldilocks, but likes WVU fans | WV MetroNews
Breckyn Hager didn’t set out to become a football Fabio. Yet there he was Tuesday, goldilocks draping down past the buttons on his burnt-orange polo.

Tom Herman Cites Program Stability, But Remains Coy on Playcaller | Heartland College Sports
At Texas, expectations are always high. After a disappointing 7-6 season, Tom Herman was able to take away some positives from a season that many fans would label as a forgettable one. Herman cited that fact that, “We had our first winning season in four years and won a bowl game for the first time since 2012.” While that is true, in Austin, that’s not going to cut it.

Blame Oklahoma’s offense for their fight song being played 66 freaking times per game | SBNation
It’s not just you, the band plays the tune a lot of times.

Around the NCAA

Football playbooks: All the stuff in them besides just plays | SBNation
It’s so much more than just play diagrams.

ESPN’s college football rock songs: A Stockholm Syndrome history | SBNation
By the end of the season, ESPN’s endlessly repeated pop rock songs are stuck in your head.

Texas A&M wins ‘12th Man’ trademark case against a soap company | SBNation
The Aggies are fiercely protective of all 12th Man-related things.

TODAY’S FBS TEAM PREVIEWS BY BILL C

As always, SB Nation’s Bill Connelly is working his way through every Division I FBS football team, from Georgia State to Alabama. Check out the teams Bill has already previewed by clicking HERE.

BC suddenly has an offense again. Funny how much of a difference that can make. | SBNation
Steve Addazio’s youth movement paid off on offense, and if his defense avoids too many injuries, the Eagles could be scary in 2018.

Paul Johnson’s Georgia Tech is building for the future, but we’ll see if he reaches it | SBNation
The Yellow Jackets face a murderous schedule and might need another year for a great young defensive coordinator to figure things out.

Pitt fans, hope you like this roller coaster ride | SBNation
The Panthers could be a top-40 team again this year. So could about nine of their 12 opponents. Close games are coming.

Bronco Mendenhall isn’t entirely wrong about Virginia’s roster | SBNation
Mendenhall says he has only "27 ACC-caliber football players" this year. You need a few more than that.

Dino Babers’ Syracuse must finish strong for a change | SBNation
The Orange have fast starts and big moments, but need much stronger finishes.

How quickly can UNC bounce back after a mulligan year? | SBNation
Larry Fedora’s Tar Heels shouldn’t have to wait long to rebound after a 2017 debacle.

Kawhi Leonard trade to Raptors for DeMar DeRozan being finalized, per report | SBNation
The Spurs are finally moving Leonard, and the Raptors are suddenly an Eastern Conference contender.

How the Raptors are risking everything and nothing for Kawhi Leonard | SBNation
By trading DeMar DeRozan to the Spurs for Leonard, Toronto is both aiming for higher peaks and allowing a retooling to arrive.

How a mentorship with Magic Johnson draws LeBron James to the Lakers | SBNation
The real value of LeBron to Los Angeles is what the move does for him off the court

The All-Star Game set a record for home runs, and the American League won its 6th straight | SBNation
10 total home runs beat the old record ... BY FOUR


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