Final Spring Practice Report

The final practice before Saturday's Gold-Blue game was rather routine.

In full team scrimmaging, the Mountaineer offense and defense worked on the two minute drill and on goal line and red zone offensive and defensive sets.

There was also a good bit of attention paid to special teams, which has been a constant during the spring. Special teams have probably gotten more work during this spring than any other season since WVU began playing at New Mountaineer field.

The punt team has been experimenting with some new protections schemes, but just like the many position changes that have been seen during the last 14 practices, not much is yet set in stone or guaranteed a place in the game plan this fall.

Although only a few positions on the special teams have been nailed down, the amount of work given to the team has emphasized the importance of the third units, and should also allow the players to get a head start this fall when the first and second units are selected.

The receiving corps continued to put in extra time, catching a number of passes from a pitching machine that seemigly fires balls at the speed of Randy Johnson. Receivers work on their timing by turning their backs to the machine, turning on command and catching a ball that is thrown at the same time.

On the injury front, only Travis Garrett was held out of action today, as Jeff Berk, John Scott and Cassel Smith were all cleared for return to action. Only Garrett and Miquelle Henderson are currently expected to miss Saturday's game.

The shuffle continued in the secondary as Adam Jones regained his spot with the first team at cornerback and Brian King flated back to free safety. Also, defensive back Kahli Gamble moved to wide receiver to fill the gap left by the injured Henderson.

Saturday's Gold-Blue scrimmage will again use a modified scoring system, one which has resulted in some spirited play during WVU's officated scrimmages over the past couple of weeks. The contest will begin at 12:30 p.m.


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