West Virginia once again began with the strip drill on defense, this time adding additional dummies to navigate before attacking the "quarterback" and forcing a fumble, then recovering it. The units then moved onto another station ran by defensive coordinator Tony Gibson in which balls were thrown at their feet to give even more emphasis on recovery and movement upfield after such.
The offense, meanwhile, worked on just the opposite in ball security, and keeping the pigskin high and tight while being slapped - at times quite aggressively - by assistants Lonnie Galloway and JaJuan Seider. The two coaches obviously enjoyed the drill, but did have to start some sessions over due to drops.
The Mountaineers moved on to special teams, and the detail of such like combined blocking and how to align properly, along with what to do if a poor kick lands short o both returners. Listen as Galloway offers instruction, and watch safeties coach Joe DeForest detail the blocking approach and execution.
The special teams drills continued with kickoff return, as multiple players - including Jovon Durante (pronounced Durr-ant) - returned kicks. Durante, in his first session, wore the limited contact jersey because he mist spend three practices in an acclimation period before becoming eligible for full contact.