The drill was slightly modified from past years, as only one level of blockers was used in each line. The three lines were each devoted to a different group of blocker/defender battles. Offensive and defensive linemen worked against each other in one line, while linebackers and running backs tangoed in another. The third pitted defensive backs against receivers.
As usual, the entire West Virginia team and all coaches gathered around to watch, yell and encourage players.
Among the highlights were a violent hit from linebacker Jared Barber, a solid job of blocking by running back Shawne Alston and a stalemate between receiver Dante Campbell and cornerback Avery Williams that led to a brief shoving match (and plenty of smack talk) between the two.
Here is some video from the drill:
Though technique was occasionally ugly and sometimes defensive players seemed more interested in creating contact than actually pursuing the ballcarrier, the tone was set more than adequately.
Players then broke up into their typical groups for positional drills before the team was to reconvene for large-scale work. Reporters were, as usual, asked to leave practice after the first half hour was complete, and thus, no "live" 11-on-11 work was seen.
Here is video of some of that work, as new co-defensive coordinator Joe DeForest worked with the safeties on their backpedal and making a quick, smooth change of direction:
WVU head trainer Dave Kerns said McCartney is dealing with a hamstring injury and his status for participation in drills will be assessed on a day-to-day basis.
Michael Molinari, as was the case for both punters last season, is still struggling with consistency.