Camp Season Opens

The first summer football camp of 2013 on the campus of West Virginia University took place under mostly cloudy skies and fall-like temperatures.

Approximately 90 campers took part in the day's activities at Milan Puskar Stadium, which consisted of two major components.

The first section consisted of a tour of the football facilities and a viewing of the highlight film, while the second included the actual on-field drills.

As usual, the Mountaineer strength and conditioning staff, led by director Mike Joseph, started out with an extensive warm-up session, The coaches demonstrated the same sorts of stretches and loosening-up activities that are taught to the college players before turning them loose on 40-yard dash drills.

Following that, players separated into eight different position groups and rotated around the field to six different stations. The majority of those included agility and speed work, such as shuttle runs, ladder and circle drills, and change of direction.

The final on-field component was one-on ones, with receivers and running backs going against linebackers and defensive backs in passing competition, while offensive and defensive linemen worked on technique in both run and pass blocking.

RIFLE REPORTS

Rising senior Avonte Maddox was the standout of the camp at defensive back. The Detroit native showed great change of direction and excellent speed, and shutdown every receiver he went up against in one-on-ones. Maddox even flipped the script at the end of the day, catching a pass while lining up at wide receiver.

Running back Romello Bentley was something of a surprise, but showed excellent pass catching skills from the running back spot. He's not the biggest player out there (5-7, 140 lbs.) but every time he had the chance, he made a play and drew attention in one-on-ones. He also stood out in drills, working hard through every rep.

Offensive lineman Chase Lash was especially dominant in pass blocking drills. He protected the quarterback extremely well on every rep, and often stonewalled rushers a step or two across the line of scrimmage. Lash displayed good footwork and fundamentals that should translate well to the college level.

Tight end Beau Huffman was one of the more impressive physical specimens on the field. A lean and fast player, Huffman was the class of the crop at his position, and demonstrated excellent footwork in agility drills. He could fit well as a hybrid in the Air Raid offense, similar to the role Cody Clay is expected to fill this year.

Receiver Marcus Whitfield stood out among a group of 15 receivers, and drew notice from the first time he set foot on the field. Whitfield's smooth running style and acceleration were a treat to watch. No matter what speed he runs, Whitfield has no wasted motion, which makes him deceptive to cover.

Wide receiver Karl Harris, brother of current Mountaineer defensive lineman Korey Harris, also grabbed some notice during the day's drills. He made several nice catches during one-on-ones, and got good separation on a number of his routes.

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Also in attendance was WVU commitment Ricky Rogers, who did not work out. Rogers has been doing his own recruiting for WVU, and appeared to enjoy his day watching the campers in action.

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BlueGoldNews.com will have interviews with several camp attendees once they depart campus. Session II of summer camp continues tomorrow. Among the players expected to attend are Terry Swanson of Aliquippa.


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