West Virginia Defenders Go Through a Series of Drills Before Practice

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia defenders warmed up for the latest open practice with a cycle of intense drills.

Above, new cornerbacks coach Doug Belk takes West Virginia's linebackers and safeties through a drill in which the players backpedal, slide in between two tackling dummies and catch a ball rifled in by Belk. The drill is designed to simulate dropping into coverage and covering a receiver on a crossing route.

Bruce Tall works with his unit on keeping pad level low and reacting to the snap of the ball. After his group gets done going through the first set of repetitions, he beings a medicine ball into the drill so players can work on hand-to-hand combat as well.

In this drill, West Virginia defensive linemen work on shedding blocks with a club and rip technique, stripping a quarterback and recovering a fumble.

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