Looks At West Virginia's First Team Work, As Well As Kickoff & Return

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia's focus was on special teams and unit work early in its Tuesday practice, before it pieced the first and second teams together for some brief scrimmage work.

The Mountaineers honed their ball security work early, as players on both sides of the ball drilled the passing game, and securing receptions or interceptions, often fired from close range. That gave way to some additional position work, especially for the offensive and defensive lines and the quarterbacks, before head coach Dana Holgorsen, seen above just to the left of first-team quarterback Will Grier, put the teams together for a scrimmage session. The first team units worked against one another, while the second team did the same.

The units are listed below. As always, they are subject to change.

First Team Offense

LT: Colton McKivitz, LG: Kyle Bosch, C: Matt Jones, RG: Grant Lingafelter, RT: Rob Dowdy, QB: Will Greer, RB: Justin Crawford, WR: Jovon Durante, WR: David Sills, WR: Ricky Rogers, WR: Gary Jennings.

First Team Defense

DE: Jon Lewis, NT: Xavier Pegues, DE: Reese Donahue, CB: Elijah Battle, CB: Hakeem Bailey, Bandit: Toyous Avery, LB: David Long, LB: Al-Rasheed Benton, LB: Hodari Christian, Spur: Kyzir White & Marvin Gross, FS: Jovanni Stewart.

The Mountaineers also drilled the kickoff and return teams, with David SillsTevin Bush and Jovon Durante, among others, back deep. Holgorsen instructed the players to reverse course, meaning the returner started in one direction, then made a sharp cut to the opposite side of the field. That set up the blocking in one direction, getting the coverage team to flow that way, before quickly advancing the ball with better blocking to the other side.


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