West Virginia Works All Three Phases In This Sequence

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - A look at West Virginia's 2016 football spring practice on all three phases - offense, defense and special teams.

First, above, the Mountaineers work a fumble recovery and return drill, where defenders locate the loose pigskin, scoop it up and return the ball. Check the crispness of the recovery, if it's handled fluently, and how the players approach the loose ball. Also listen in as defensive line coach Bruce Tall gives instructions throughout, and aids his players in hustling for the fumble recovery, and then getting upfield as rapidly as possible.

Next, the punt and punt return teams work basic execution, including the snap, protection and the intricacies of blocking with the three-man wall of protection. Also check the hang time of the punts, and how - other than the injured Gary Jennings (wrist, No. 15 in green) handle ball security and fielding the punt in weather similar to what all will face inside Milan Puskar Stadium and Mountaineer Field. The punts, for the most part, tuned over effectively and were sent with the wind in a blustery but clear Saturday.

And finally, another clip from the scrimmage sessions, which is a two-minute drill beginning with a nice blow-up in the backfield of a hand-off between Skyler Howard and Rushel Shell. That segues into a quick-snap incompletion and some instruction between running backs coach JaJuan Seider and freshman Kennedy McKoy before a completion between Howard and senior wideout Devonte Mathis over the middle.


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