Full Contact, Full Pads, Full Action

The weather was overcast, but the action was anything but gloomy and reserved on Friday afternoon at Mountaineer Field.

The offensive and defensive lines, under the direction of Rick Trickett and Bill Kirelawich, had their most spirited work of the season on Friday, which was a tonesetter for most of the day.

That's not to say that the lines have been slacking off so far this fall. It was simply that both units seemed to be settling in to work in pads, and as a result the helmets and shoulderpads were cracking anytime the lines squared off.

"It's good to see them playing more physical," head coach Rich Rodriguez said of the defensive line. His views on the offensive line, though, haven't changed much since the beginning of camp.

"Our depth was scary to begin with," Rodriguez said of the numbers along the offensive line. "It was a question mark coming into camp, and it remains one. We still think we can find eight guys to play."

To bolster the numbers there, redshirt freshman Travis Akers replaced the departed Michael Watson on the offensive line in camp today. Practice numbers are limited to 105 players before school starts.


Vince Beamer has not yet been fully cleared by the byzantine NCAA Clearnighouse, but his waiver appeal has been notified or verified or whatever the Clearinghouse terms it, so he was on the practice field for WVU today.

Beamer was in shorts today, and will be in shorts again tomorrow morning before donning pads tomorrow afternoon.

"At least he can practice now, but it will be a couple of days before he can be in full pads," Rodriguez said.

The Clearinghouse is looking at a ninth grade social studies class which Beamer took that appeared to meet core requirements. A final ruling is expected within the next few days.

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Leandre Washington made his anticipated tryout at the spur position today, which would give WVU more size at that position. The spur is the more run support oriented of the two strong safety (spur and bandit) positions. Taking Washington's place at linebacker was Scott Gyorko.

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