Fall Practice Report: Day 2

West Virginia head football coach Dana Holgorsen highlighted the 30 minutes of open practice Saturday evening. The first-year head coach and his new quarterbacks coach Jake Spavital rotated in and out with the two quarterbacks – starter Geno Smith and backup Paul Millard – in early drills between the quarterbacks and receivers.

"Did you see me out there? I was dropping dimes," Holgorsen joked to one media member on the Mountaineer Field turf.

The drill allowed the receivers to show off their route running and pass catching skills. For the first half, receivers ran short patterns. Those routes turned to deeper patterns as the drill progressed.

Here are a few notes from this drill:

- Senior wide receiver Brad Starks, who is recovering from a shoulder injury suffered in the spring, looks to have lost some of his upper body strength. Holgorsen said Friday night that Starks never resembled Hercules, and that is truly the case after watching him today. However, the lack of upper body strength didn't seem to matter in these drills. My guess is that this could show up when the Mountaineers put the pads on for the first time next week.

- One look at Wake Forest transfer Devon Brown at receiver, and I thought he was a running back. He is built in that way, but seems to have some of the best hands on the team based on what I saw today and his statistics at his last stop. He has the ability to be a big help for West Virginia, especially if he's going to get a look as a return guy.

- Inside receiver Tavon Austin has put on some good weight, and it shows. His upper body is noticeably bigger compared to the spring, and that's something that will obviously be a help when it comes to blocking and working across the middle. I talked with him for a few minutes earlier today, and he said legitimately believes he's the best receiver in the country. For that reason, he works even harder, Austin admitted.

- Newly-minted inside receiver Soraya Aisien-Ogbebor struggled in pass-catching drills. The native of Africa, who obviously had little experience with the game before coming to the U.S., is now on his third position at WVU, which hasn't given him much time to develop at any one spot. The 6-foot-5, 255-pounder is almost identical to the size of fellow inside receiver Tyler Urban, but the differences in terms of experience and performance are many. Aisien-Ogbebor, a former tight end and defensive end, looked out of place for the most part. Imagine WVU basketball player Deniz Kilicli playing receiver; that's what I'd compare it to right now. .

- Wide receiver Coley White was one of the few outside of Aisien-Ogbebor to drop a ball in the drill.

- Freshman wide receiver Dante Campbell stood out the most to me in the drill. He has size, at 6-foot-5 and 205 pounds, and seems to be athletic enough to handle it. If he grasps the system, he'll have a chance to play this year, I bet.

- Finally, wide receiver Ivan McCartney was very active throughout the last two practices, which is something you couldn't say about him in the spring. After talking with him earlier today, he definitely has a new attitude heading into the season. I'll have a story on this sometime next week, so keep an eye out for that.

Other non-receiver notes from practice today:

- In a punt return drill, the returners today were as follows: wide receiver J.D. Woods, cornerback Brodrick Jenkins, Austin and Brown.

- WVU's Associate Athletic Director for Compliance Keli Cunningham was in attendance at practice.

- Holgorsen will speak to the media later this evening. You can check out at BlueGoldNews.com after that for the video.

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