Mountaineer Offense Goes Through Gauntlet of Drills On First Day of Spring Practice

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Day one of spring practice was moved into the Caperton Indoor Facility after Morgantown received a dusting of snow and high wind speeds from winter storm Stella.

In the video above we catch our first glimpse of the newly hired Tony Dews working with West Virginia's running back group. Dews, who has coached wide receivers for the past several years under Rich Rodriguez's direction, can be seen working with running backs Justin Crawford, Kennedy McKoy, Martell Pettaway and Tevin Bush (wearing No.14). In the drill each running back practices finding and sitting in a hole in a zone defense before catching the ball and turning up field. You can see how much of a technician Dews is as he drills each player on fundamentals.

In this drill new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Jake Spavital works with the trio of Will Grier (wearing No.7), Chris Chugunov and Cody Saunders on their footwork and different drops (including play action) before squaring their shoulders and firing the ball into a net. Note the accuracy of Grier as he pinpoints the middle square on each of his first three attempts. 

Joe Wickline, who is now West Virginia's full-time offensive line coach, works with his offensive line on the initial steps and fits after the ball is snap. The first group of offensive linemen was as follows: RT: Colton McKivitz, RG: Grant Lingafelter, C: Matt Jones, LG: Kyle Bosch, LT: Josh Sills (note that Yodny Cajuste was not full go in Tuesday's practice). From observing Wickline for just a few minutes you can see that he coaches with a fiery demeanor that commands the attention of his offensive line.  

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