In a practice session, West Virginia worked a series of individual drills prior to several up-tempo series pitting the first and second team offense and defense against one another. In two of those drills, seen above and below, assistants Ron Crook and Blue Adams showcased their varying coaching techniques and styles. Take a look and listen as Crook, above, instructs his veteran offensive line, while also directing "opposing" players as to which way to try and maneuver around the offensive player.
Early on, Crook is on the line about driving through the duration of the play and accelerating their feet. Watch as centers Tyler Orlosky (65) and Ja'HShaun Seider (54) work against each other, along with Kyle Bosch (62) and Tony Matteo (70). Crook then finds errant footwork from freshman Zach Davis, out of St. Mary's High. Also seen are Jacob Buccigrossi (78), Rob Dowdy (71) and Matt Jones (79), among others.
Adams, who coaches the corners, was later instructing on a special teams drill shown below. The first-year Mountaineer assistant is overseeing the final lines of protection for the kickoff returners, and the intensity and work ethic demanded was excellent. Watch how Adams sets up Toyous Avery (16) and Elijah Battle (19) for maximum effectiveness by telling them to locate the returner. Adams also uses freshman corner Sean Mahone (29) during a constructive detailing of the proper points of contact.
"Go get him!" Adams tells the blockers. "Don't let him come and get you."
"Kickoff return - find me," Adams says. "When the ball is in the air, find the returner. Where is the ball going? Then set up, and come back and get him."