The Mountaineer receivers are perhaps the offensive group most likely to far exceed their numbers of last season. Mario Alford, Kevin White, Daikiel Shorts and others - including Wendell Smallwood in a slot role - seem primed to breakout in what, for most, is their second season of Big 12 play. Here's a look at a wideout drill conducted by assistant head and receivers coach Lonnie Galloway, who rehashed his former role as quarterback at Western Carolina. Trivia: Who is WCU's all-time leader in total offense? Answer after the final video.
Here, cornerbacks coach Brian Mitchell delves into footwork, including backpedal, the shuffle step and correctly turning the hips with an emphasis on upfield explosion. At one point Mitchell, wearing a black T-shirt with the motto of BLEED on the back - as in "Bleed for our Brothers," according to corner Daryl Worley -makes a note that the slide is "our bump, this is our cover two, this is our press man." Trivia Part II: Who holds the BYU record for longest interception return with a 97-yarder against New Mexico?
Trivia answers: Lonnie Galloway and Brian Mitchell, respectively. Galloway threw for 5,545 yards as a four-year letterwinner for the Catamounts. The rangy right-hander still ranks among the top 10 in seven other offensive categories for Western Carolina. Mitchell, who was a seventh-round pick of the Atlanta Falcons in 1991, racked up a dozen other picks in his collegiate career at BYU. The 13 interceptions still rank fifth in school history. At one point in the drill session above, Mitchell challenged his current players with another personal trivia question. Answered one player in jest, "Ah, coach. That could have been anybody."