Jacksonville Practices Commence

The Mountaineer football team will have a couple of days of intense practices, followed by three sessions of less hitting and fine tuning as they enter their final week of preparations for the Gator Bowl.

After reassmebling in Jacksonville last night, the team is engaging in full pad sessions today and Saturday. During those two days, final looks at the tweaks and changes that have been installed for the game will be analyzed, and last minute additions or subtractions to the game plan will be made.

On Sunday, contact will be dropped down on notch, and Monday and Tuesday will have even less hitting as final run-throughs on every part of the game plan are conducted. Wednesday a closed final walkthrough, with no pads, will be held as the final on-field preparation session for the game is held.

This is one change from last year, when a large contingent of contributors and media viewed the last practice session. Although that probably wasn't the prime source of distraction for the Mountaineers at the Continental Tire Bowl, (as most of the players admitted they still had their hearts set on the Gator Bowl), head coach Rich Rodriguez and his staff are apparently making every effort to keep their team's attention on the game itself.

After Satuday's session, the Mountaineers will get to unwind a bit at Adventure Landing, a Jacksonville hot spot featuring go kart racing, laser tag and other games.

In addition to preparing the first and second teams for the game, a good deal of time over the weekend will also be spent with younger players and reserves this week.

"After the older guys go to lift, the younger guys will do skeleton drills and scrimmage a good bit," quarterbacks coach Bill Stewart said. "We'll use this to get a head start on spring practice for those guys.

"We would have liked to have banged around a little bit more in Morgantown, but the weather was just too bad to go outside," Stewart noted. "We didn't go full pads or full contact as much indoors. Rich was smart by doing that. We didn't want to get too beat up."

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