The Latest Drills From West Virginia's Camp

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia cranked up the intensity on Thursday with two- and four-minute 11-on-11 sessions, as well as some individual and unit work. Here's a look at all three sides in offense, defense and special teams from the initial portions of practice.

First, the quarterbacks work on a catch and throw drill designed to mimic a throw down the line quickly off the snap, such as a receiver screen or hitting the back in the flats. Check the accuracy and footwork of the passers as they quick fire three consecutive balls into the netting - and as they perform push-ups for poor throws. William Crest (16) was the first victim of a missed netting.

Next, the offensive line works drive blocking and relocation of defenders under position coach Ron Crook. Watch Crook's instruction, and the hand placement, shoulder and hip movement and footwork as the line begins to mesh heading into the final days of fall camp.

On to special teams now, where long snapper John DePalma, holder Nick O'Toole and place kicker Josh Lambert are perfect through the early part of the drill. Then check out the defensive line as it battles against the offensive front and gets a block, the first we have seen in the open media sessions.

And finally to defense, where they prime focus was, once again, on avoiding blockers, stripping the ball and then working to recover it. All three levels of the odd stack worked the drill, the line first, followed by the linebackers and then the secondary players as the entire unit went station-to-station to open practice.

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