Bowl Practice Begins

Under cloudy and cold conditions, the Mountaineer football team held their first practice on Saturday in preparation for the Gator Bowl.

Despite being dressed in full gear, the Mountaineers eased back into work after being off the field since their win over Temple last month. Contact drills were held, but full tackling was in evidence during only parts of practice as WVU began working on their gameplans for the Gator Bowl, which is still 2 1/2 weeks away.

Much of the practice was devoted to scout team work against the offensive and defensive first and second units, as the coaches began to install the schemes that the tema will employ against Maryland. There was some individual work as well, including a spirited session between the offensive and defensive lines.

Quincy Wilson appeared to be in good shape after missing the Temple game with a high ankle sprain. Wilson ran the ball well, and despite a slight limp seemed to be rounding himself back into shape for his final collegiate game.

On the defensive side, lineman Ernest Hunter was in a red jersey with an apparent hand injury, but teammate Fred Blueford, who has been out since October with a knee injury, was in a green (limited contact) jersey. Blueford, who did not undergo surgery, has been rehabilitating the knee and believes that he may be able to play against the Terrapins. Running back Kay Jay Harris was also in green, presumably to protect the broken hand he suffered before the Temple game.

WVU will practice through next weekend, then give the players a few days to visit witht heir families at home before reassembling in Jacksonville on Christmas evening.

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