West Virginia Opens On-Site Practice in Preparation for the Cactus Bowl Against Arizona State

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - West Virginia continued on-site preparations for the Cactus Bowl on Wednesday at Chaparral High. Here's a look at a trio of videos from the practice session.

Chaparral High, a public high school of 2,000-plus students in the affluent area of Scottsdale, has produced many athletes, including Major League Baseball's Ike Davis and Paul Konerko and Darren Mougey of the NFL's Arizona Cardinals. Arguably the most famous alum, however, might be Stephenie Meyer, the author of the teen saga Twilight series. The football facilites are solid, with enough space for any necessary drills, and of course the accompanying location within minutes of West Virginia's team hotel at the Hyatt Regency Gainey Ranch.

Above, the quarterbcaks and running backs run through a quick series of zone read drills, working handoffs and essentially warming up for the more complex sessions to come. Below, we offer a prolonged look at line drills for both the offense and defense as DL coaches Bruce Tall and Damon Cogdell offer instruction and insights.

And finally, the specialists work kickoff and kickoff return, with an emphasis on breaking down, remianing in lanes amd efficiently getting to the return man. Check the tight formation on the initial blocking, and how WVU assistants toss the ball to the returners so the drill can continue even on poor kickoffs by the reserves. Check back as we offer another round of videos from Wednesday's drills, including a more through look at the offensive line with special instruction from position coach Ron Crook and work between the quarterbacks and receivers overseen by wideouts mentor Lonnie Galloway.


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