Offense Fires Back

After a defense dominated first scrimmage of the spring last week, the offense got a measure of revenge with a solid outing under sunny skies at Mountaineer Field on Saturday.

The offense set the tone early with several crushing blocks and a 62 yard touchdown sprint by backup superback Bryan Wright, and moved the ball well for most of the scrimmage.

The Mountaineer rushing attack racked up more than 300 yards, and tha passing attack also looked better with several seam routes completed to the tight ends and wide receivers.

A modifed scoring system was again employed by the coaches, and the offense came out comfortably ahead on that board by the score of 62-22.

There were a number of big plays and hits on the day, but none were better than the head to head confrontations between Quincy Wilson and Brian King.

Wilson got the better of the first encounter as he ran over King for 27 yards on a first down play from his own two yard line. King, showing his toughness, later racked Wilson and put him down with his own jarring hit.

Even better, after the series King and Wilson came off the field smiling and patting each other on the helmet - a great show of leadership and camaraderie between two outstanding senior leaders.

Those hits seemed to rub off, as cornerback Pac Man Jones put a crushing hit on walkon wide receiver Jarod Douglas to break up a third down pass, and Grant Wiley snuffed out a reverse with a big hit on Travis Garvin that knocked the ball loose and resulted in a big loss.

Fullback Adam King had the block of the day as he smacked Lawrence Audena to free Erick Phillips for a first down run.

Other big licks included Brian King's hit on Josh Bailey to break up a potential first down reception, and Joe Hunter's hit on Douglas to stop a touchdown reception. Even the walkons got in on the act as Marcus Law put a big hit on Curtis Holden to break up a touchdown pass.

Linebacker Jeff Noechel picked off a Charles Hales pass, and Ben Clemmons made an acrobatic interception off of a tipped ball late in the scrimmage.

In addition to Wright's big run, Travis Garvin had a leaping catch of Rasheed Marshall pass for a 20 yard gain on third down and five to put WVU in scoring position.

WVU also worked on punting from their own end zone, regular punt, and kickoff return before the scrimmage began. Brian King had a pair of nice kickoff returns, and the punt protection, especially on the tight punt formation, was very good.

Kicker Brad Cooper continued to impress with his placekicks, which get height very quickly and are almost impossible to block.

Jahmile Addae also continued to improve at the bandit position, providing good run support and breaking up a third down pass attempt.

The injury report was also better, as John Scott and Leandre Washington both returned to full duty. Washington had a crushing hit on Wilson to open the scrimmage.

Aaron Neal also participated in individual drills for the first time this spring, but was still held out from full contact work. In his absence, walkon Nathan Forse turned some heads with four receptions and nice runs after the catch.

A number of players switched depth chart positions on the day and turned in solid performances. Linebacker Alex Lake, wide receiver Milo Austin and defensive back Akeem Jackson were among those getting a number of plays with the second team.

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