Rainy Weather Greets Football Team For Day Two

A slow but steady rain greeted the Mountianeer football team as they gathered in the Stadium for their second workout of the spring.

The team was again dressed in only helmets and shorts, as they got in a full morning workout at the Stadium despite the rain and cooler temperatures. The emphasis was again on individual and unit work, with no 11 on 11 drills being held.

There were, however, some seven on seven and other skeleton drills matching the backs and receivers against the linebackers and secondary. Rasheed Marshall, as expected, looked sharp in throwing the ball, and Grant Wiley had a pair of pickoffs on the day.

At wide receiver Travis Garvin looked more comfortable after a year of learning the position, and drew some notice from head coach Rich Rodriguez, who commented that Garvin seemed to be settling into the offense and could be ready to make a bigger contribution this year.

The search for backups at many defensive positions is one of the areas of focus during the spring, and several youngsters are getting their first extended work on that side of the ball. Joe Hunter and Krys Williams are seeng time with the second team at cornerback, while Jerry White and Anthony Mims are getting repetitions at free safety. Up front Warren Young, Craig Wilson, Pat Liebig and Chris Malamet are getting the chance to show what they can do for Bill Kirelawich.

On the offensive side, junior college transfer Mike Watson is seeing backup time at left tackle behind Tim Brown, who switched over from the right side at the start of spring.

In the backfield, West Virginia native Bryan Wright is getting reps at superback. Wright has a tremendous work ethic and could be the fastest of the backs.

The full offensive and defensive units did run through sevral series of plays, but not agianst each other. They split the field in half and ran against "air", as the coaches concentrated on positioning and fundamentals in the offensive and defensive sets.

After a day off on Sunday, the team will really gear up, as they don full pads for practices on Monday and Wednesday. The team will then work in helmets and shoulder pads on Friday before gearing back up again for a full pad scrimmage on Saturday.

"We're looking forward to next week," head coach Rich Rodriguez said at the conclusion of Day Two. "Some guys slow down when the pads go on, but some guys speed up."

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