First, the Mountaineer tight ends and fullbacks, above, concentrate on making the catch and getting the ball into the body and secured as quickly as possible before taking and fending off a hit. The wideouts then take their turn while Mike Molina can be seen practicing field goals behind the drill. The reps are a reminder of making the catch and getting the ball secured quickly, while understanding there will be near imminent contact.
The linebackers, below, follow with a typical opening practice drill, one in which they work off a ball thrown toward their feet to mimic avoiding traffic, then secure both a fumble and an interception while getting back upfield. The drill has been a staple of the initial run-throughs for the defense, which cycles all three levels through a series of stations designed to maximize the ability to create turnovers, and secure them when available.