Tuesday Practice Report

A position move and an early practice were the items of note as WVU resumed spring football practice on Tuesday.

The early practice time was set to allow players and coaches to travel to Oil City, Pennsylvania, this evening for visitation services for Adam Lehnortt's father, who was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident over the weekend. The entire coaching staff, and 30-40 players, are making the trip north to be with Lehnortt and his family during the visitation this evening and funeral services tomorrow. There will be no practice on Wednesday.

Head coach Rich Rodriguez noted that he went through a similar situation with his father-in-law recently, and knows that in in times such as these family comes before football.

On the field, backup tight end Jason Hardee was moved to defensive tackle. The move, which had been considered by the coaches since the start of spring drills, should help the size and depth situation along the defensive line, and also provide Hardee with a chance to earn more playing time. Hardee was stuck in a log jam of players at tight end, including Tory Johnson, Josh Bailey and Ryan Thomas.

Aaron Neal and John Scott were both cleared for full participation, and both played during the full contact portion of the drills, which were conducted in full pads.

Jahmile Addae banged up a shoulder, but the injury was not thought to be serious, and Warren Young was in a red jersey with an ankle sprain. Offensive linemen Jeff Berk and Travis Garrett were also still in red jerseys.

A good bit of situational work was done, including two minute drills with the focus on the defense. The defense was put in situations where they had to hold the offense without scoring, or keep them out of the end zone, from various positions on the field.

The defensive staff continued to work on changes to get more players into the pass rush. Those changes are first walked through without opposition, then practiced at half speed, before being employed in live work.

The passing game also got heavy attention, and expects to be the focus of work on offense for the remainder of spring.


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