Friday Practice Short and Sweet

An on-again off-again rain, combined with dreary and dank conditions, led to a rather short practice session on Friday evening at Mountaineer Field.

The team was dressed only in helemts and shoulderpads, which fulfills their requirements for five "non-contact" sessions this spring. There are six more sessions remaining, including Saturday's scrimmage, two workouts each of the next two weeks, and the Gold-Blue game on April 26th.

The session was the shortest of the spring, and featured a good deal of 11 on 11 passing work. Rasheed Marshall continued to look sharp during the abbreviated session, but the coaches are still looking for receivers to be more consistent and grab a starting spot.

As is usually the case when full pads aren't donned, a number of early periods are spent on individual skill development and the installation of plays and schemes.

Along the offensive line, Justin Williams was back at the first team center position, as offensive line coach Rick Trickett continues to evaluate his offensive linemen at different positions.

Leandre Washington returned to full contact work, which is good news for the linebacking corps. Right now, the top six linebackers appear to be Washington, Adam Lehnortt, Grant Wiley, Boo McLee, Jay Henry and Scott Gyorko.

Practice was observed by approximately 315 high school coaches, who are in town for WVU's annual football coaching clinic. High schools from New York to South Carolina were represented, with Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia making up a large portion of the contingent.

Former Mountianeer fullback Craig Taylor was among the coaching attendees. Taylor is a high school coach in New Jersey.

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