West Virginia Works Kickoff Return & Situational Scrimmage

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Another premium look inside West Virginia's ongoing fall camp, this time focusing on kickoff return and some situational scrimmaging.

In our opening clip, one gets a second look at the firs team offense vs the defense in their brief situational scrimmage from Tuesday. The ball was placed at the 25-yard line, with 1:45 left on the clock and the offense with one timeout. As noted in the Practice Notebook, WVU used Skyler Howard at quarterback, Kennedy McKoy in the backfield and Shelton Gibson, Gary Jennings and Daikiel Shorts at receiver.  

The interior line was as expected, with Adam Pankey and Kyle Bosch around center Tyler Orlosky. Colton McKivitz played right tackle, with Yodny Cajuste on the left. Defensively, Jon Lewis saw snaps beside Darrien Howard and Noble Nwachukwu, with Justin Arndt as the one true linebacker, as the defense was betting pass and thus employed additional defensive backs. 

Kyzir White was at spur, with Jarrod Harper at bandit; Jeremy Tyler was injured, and wore a red "no contact" jersey. Antonio Crawford was at right corner, Rasul Douglas at left and Askew-Henry at free safety. Maurice Fleming was inserted on third and fourth downs as a nickle back, and Toyous Avery saw time as well. It was a very solid series for the defense, but left much desired offensively from the start as Howard and Durante miscommunicated on a pass.

In the next clip, below, the Mountaineers work kickoff return with the entire team involved in a full 11-on-11 segment. As seen here, West Virginia used paired Kennedy McKoy (4) and Jovon Durante (5); Ka'Raun White (2) and Marcus Simms (8); Dravon Askew-Henry (6 in blue) and Justin Crawford (25). Shelton Gibson (1) and Gary Jennings (12) were paired on the first rep, and are shown in the video, but not making a return. Head coach Dana Holgorsen oversaw the returners, while other assistants, including special teams coach Mark Scott, corners coach Blue Adams and running backs coach Ja'Juan Seider, gave instruction to the return and coverage teams.

The drill wasn't a live one in the sense of tackling, or even blocking at full speed, but rather designed to get players to understand scheme, lanes, blocking assignments and more.


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