Although the coaches are adapting to the new schedule, Rodriguez and his staff are still concerned about the slowed pace of on-feild learining.
"I think we get more done with two a days. If I had my druthers I'd rather go two a day, especially in shorts. We should get more mental work done, but that's kind of boring. We're having a lot of meetings."
On the field, Travis Garrett was held out of today's workouts after having a heat problem following yesterday's workout. Miquelle Henderson continued to have problems with his ankle, but he is expected to be ready for game action by the end of the month.
Vince Beamer was sidelined a second day as he remained in the evil clutches of the NCAA Clearinghouse. WVU has filed a waiver appeal on his behalf, and expects him to be cleared for action soon. However, Beamer's first two workouts must be in shorts, even if the rest of the team is in pads. The squad will practice in shells (helmets and shoulder pads) on Wednesday and Thursday before donning full gear on Friday and going full speed, with full contact, on Saturday.
Special teams continued to get attention, with more work on the punt return squad. Lance Frazier and Travis Garvin appear to be the primary combatants at that position, with Frazier's reliable ball catching skills pitted against Garvin's superior return ability.
"We are putting in all phases of our special teams, but we won't determine who the starters are until game week," Rodriguez commented on the punt return derby.
Leandre Washington will get a look at spur later in the week. The coaches felt it would be better to play him at his rob linebacker spot the first few days to make sure he was comfortable there.
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With no pads and the red flag flying over the practice scoreboard (indicating no contact), it's difficult to evaluate the progress of many players. However, there are some thinkgs that grab the eyen, including better accuracy from Rasheed Marshall, and noticeable weight gains on players like Mike Lorello.
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Several periods were again devoted to the passing game. Patterns were first run against no defense, then one one one, and finally escalated to skeleton and then eleven on eleven.
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Yes, it's early. Yes, he hasn't taken a hit yet. But Chris Henry's talent is evident. Henry's high school highlight film was filled with diving one handed catches, and his performance so far has done nothing to detract from that reputation. Henry has shown soft hands along with a quick burst after catching the ball. He's passed the first test, but much bigger ones remain, beginning with contact work this weekend.
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Despite being only a redshirt freshman, Dan Mozes is quickly making a name for himself. He finished twenty yards in front of his offenive line mates during post practice runs.