Early Contact Highlights Double Session

After Saturday's rain interrupted session, head coach Rich Rodriguez decided to get the heavy contact in early during Monday's two a day practice session.

Saturday, WVU held their light session in the morning and heavy work during the afternoon, only to see the full-pad session interrupted by lightning and rain. To forestall another such occurrence, the Mountaineers held the full contact session in the morning on Monday.

As is becoming the norm, the full contact session is highlighted by inside running practice and an emphasis on the running game, while the non-tackling practice focuses on the passing game, with team pass, one on one and skeleton drills dominating the schedule.

"We changed our schedule and got our heavy work done in the morning," head coach Rich Rodriguez said. "We wanted to avoid any rain and make sure we got a full heavy practice in."

The biggest news was the return of offensive tackle Mike Watson, although that was not an easy decision, according to Rodriguez.

"He asked for a second chance, so we gave it to him. He knows he has to earn the respect and trust back of his teammates. He was here the whole time, I believe. It's not real easy to take someone back. I got the opinion of the coaches and of a group of players. I'll get their opinion, but I make the decision. I do value their opinions, though, and eveyone agreed to give him a second chance."

In this morning's session running backs Jason Colson and Kay Jay Harris got the bulk of the work and provided most of the highlights. Harris, who appeared to be a bit tentative during the first week, ran with more confidence and authority. Colson, who runs with a style similar to that of Eric Dickerson, was also strong as he aggressively hit into the line.

Brian King also continued to shine, as he had a big interception off a tip from Scott Gyorko during the afternoon session. That play set the tone for the defense, which again generally had the upper hand throughout the day.

The defense also worked a good deal on their third down defensive looks, with redshirt freshman Kevin McLee getting some time as a designated pass rusher.


Jahmile Addae's continued absence from contact drills is becoming a concern. Addae's injured shoulder has kept him out of contact for the past few sessions, and he was in a green shirt again on Monday.

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Wide receiver Miquelle Henderson continues to struggle in getting back to full speed from his broken leg. The difference in size and definition between his legs is noticeable, and it continues to hamper him on the field, although he did get some repetitions during the afternoon pass sessions.

"He needs to jump back in there," Rodriguez said of Henderson. "He's getting rehab, but he needs to get back into it on the field."

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After a weekend of heavy attention, the focus was off the special teams, although some kicking and punting was still done on Monday. Brad Cooper drilled a 45 yard field goal that cleared the crossbar with plenty of room to spare.

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Another situational scrimage is set for Wednesday, the next day scheduled for a doulbe practice. Although full scale tackling will be in play, cut blocking will be limited.

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