WVU stays in routine in Thursday's practice

As West Virginia enters the 2014 season, the one thing the coaching staff has been preaching heavily has been finishing and staying consistent.

One way to finding consistency is by establishing a routine, working that routine out and executing it the right way.

As WVU is preparing to close out the final week of preseason camp before starting to make preparations for Alabama, it is only fitting that the Mountaineers have been doing just that as practice gets going.

When West Virginia started practice, wearing shoulder pads only, by continuing to work on some of the basic things that it usually touches on at the start of practice while also throwing in a few different wrinkles and drills during the 30 minutes allotted to members of the media Thursday.

Before we were allowed to come into the stadium to watch, it appeared that the Mountaineers were getting ready for the loud environments in Atlanta and at other road venues this season by pumping in crowd noise - presumably to help work on getting play calls and communication down more in a louder, more hostile environment.

Once we did get in to start watching, a lot of position-specific drills were going on with the offense and defense split up on different parts of Milan Puskar Stadium. Offensively, the Mountaineers had wide receivers working through drills with coach Lonnie Galloway working on quick routes and catching passes while the quarterbacks were in the score zone working on zone reads and throwing screen passes to running backs before being joined by the receivers to start working on running a variety of different routes and allowing the quarterbacks to keep building chemistry with the players they were throwing to.

From there, with the offensive and defensive lines continuing to work in their groups, the final portion of practice open to us was seven-on-seven drills, putting the offensive skill players against defensive backs and linebackers.

Three quarterbacks took snaps, as senior Clint Trickett played with the first team and senior Paul Millard and freshman William Crest taking a few snaps after. The first team receivers were as expected with Alford and White setting up shop outside and Jordan Thompson - who made a few nice grabs in the drill - and Wendell Smallwood and Cody Clay lining up in the slot. Brandon Golson was still in green, but still worked through the drill, while Nick Kwiatkoski - who batted down a Trickett pass intended for Alford and Wes Tonkery were at linebacker. Daryl Worley and Terrell Chestnut defended well at corner while Karl Joseph and Dravon Henry were still with the first team and K.J. Dillon was back with the starters at SPUR.

Ricky Rumph, once again, worked in some at second team cornerback, as did Travis Bell and Brandon Napoleon. Dayron Wilson and Jeremy Tyler also played with that group.

Working with the receivers as Millard and Crest were taking reps were Shelton Gibson, Logan Moore, Andrew Buie and freshman Lamar Parker.


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