Football Practices Continue Indoors

Due to the weather, the Mountaineers have continued to hold preparations for the Gator Bowl in the Caperton Indoor Facility, but several players are finding the protected conditions to their liking.

Quarterback Rasheed Marshall has been outstanding in the past couple of practice sessions, especially on the deep ball. Marshall has connected with Miquelle Henderson on a couple of deep strikes, with Henderson finally starting to shake off all the effects of the broken leg that set him back a great deal over the summer and during the season.

Marshall has also been able to get a better grip on the ball after battling a finger injury that affected his passing during the Syracuse and Temple games. The dry, warmer enivronment indoors has allowed the finger to stay loose, and as a result Marshall appears to be throwing the ball as well as he has at any time this season.

Preparations over the past couple of sessions have been focused on a great deal of individual drills and skeleton periods, where only parts of the offensive and defensive units take the field. While the offensive and defensive lines have taken a few periods to go head to head, much of the scrimmage work has been seven against seven.

Defensive lineman Ernest Hunter remained in an injury jersey on Wednesday, but both he and running back Kay Jay Harris are expected to play against Maryland. Fred Blueford, however, is still unable to do much more than walk around the field, and with the game only two weeks away, prospects for his participation appear dim.

The Mountaineers will practice through this weekend, then head for home for three days before regrouping in Jacksonville on Christmas evening. WVU will have five or six workouts in Florida before the Gator Bowl on January 1.

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