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The Shotgun/Throwdown (7/23/18): Yodny Cajuste hopes he’s saved his best for his senior season

After considering early entry into the NFL draft, Cajuste is now tasked with protecting the blind-side for Heisman candidate Will Grier and a big reason West Virginia is picked to challenge Oklahoma for the Big 12 crown.

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Trust in Cajuste: Left tackle hopes he saved best for last season | WV MetroNews
His future rested in basketball, Yodny Cajuste was certain of it. And no matter how many times the football coach at Miramar High approached him in the hallways — telling Cajuste “you’re a future offensive tackle” — the 6-foot-5 kid wasn’t wiling to trade sneakers for cleats. Then Damon Cogdell made one final push.

WVU football recruiting: Mountaineers aim to make the most out of short window | Charleston Gazette-Mail
Tuesday marks the end of the July “dead period” in recruiting. However, next Wednesday begins a new “dead period,” leaving just seven days for colleges to make contact with recruits and host them on campus.

WVU defense hopes to reverse on-field fortunes in 2018 | Charleston Gazette-Mail
West Virginia University defensive back Dravon Askew-Henry stated a mission for the Mountaineer defense in 2018 that is at the same time simple and complex. “This year,” Askew-Henry said, “we want the total opposite of everything you saw last year.”

Athlete CRUSH Names Long Jr. for its RAK Award | West Virginia Athletics
Athlete CRUSH College Impact Awards has named West Virginia University junior linebacker David Long Jr. for its annual random act of kindness award, the organization announced.

WVU fans as long suffering as any | WV News
July is beginning to melt into August and, with August, comes thoughts of a new school year starting and of football camp opening. That, of course, makes it a special time of year in what may well be simply a special year.

West Virginia Athletics

The Evolution of a Dynasty … WVU Rifle | West Virginia Athletics
Ed Etzel had just won a Gold medal in the men's English match smallbore rifle competition at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, just the seventh gold claimed by an American during the Games when he did it.

Mountaineers Honored by GCAA | West Virginia Athletics
The West Virginia University golf team was named an 18Birdies All-Academic Team, as announced by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) on Friday.

Around the Big 12

Gary Patterson prepares his team to stop Big 12 offenses by teaching the triple option | SBNation
He knows every play your offense has ever used, but it all goes back to the basics.

Around the NCAA

The single biggest key to being a coordinator in football | SBNation
Which plays you can design matters so much less than whether you can teach them.


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.

Dave Clawson’s now pulled off the same 4-year rebuild at 4 different levels of college football | SBNation
And his 2018 Demon Deacons should be solid once again.

NC State blew a massive opportunity in 2017, but the future might still be bright | SBNation
Dave Doeren signed a contract extension, recruiting is picking up steam, and there’s a lot of offensive talent here. But damn, 2017 could have been so much more.

Francesco Molinari wins the 2018 British Open | SBNation
Despite a wild day with some legends and Hall of Famers circling the Claret Jug, the best player in the world right now wins the Open.

Tiger Woods gave us theatre of a lifetime at The Open, even in defeat | SBNation
Tiger Woods could barely walk a year ago. All we’ve ever asked his to have him back on Sunday, battling it out with the game’s young stars. Maybe that’s back for good, maybe it’s a flash in the pan. But Sunday at Carnoustie was one for the annals of sport.

What the NFL’s halted anthem policy means for the players, teams, and league | SBNation
It’s Roger Goodell and the NFL that look the worst after the league decided to freeze its national anthem policy.

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