Offensive items of note included Adam Bednarik getting a number of reps with the second team offense, as Charles Hales again ran with the first team at wide receiver. Jason Colson and Kay Jay Harris split time with the first team at superback.
While the offense concentrated on the passing game, the defense put in a good deal of effort on perfecting their zone coverage packages. The defenders, especially the linebackers, also worked on pursuit drills and chasing the ball all the way to the sidelines.
The offensive and defensive linemen got the chance to square off and go head to head for a short time, first one-on-one, and then in full unit battles. In these drills the offense tries to keep defenders away from a dummy that is set as the quarterback in the pocket.
Tackle Garin Justice, who has been taking advantage of the absence of Mike Watson, had another solid day, and could be on the verge of challenging for even more playing time.
Special teams work concentrated on the installation of punt rush and punt block schemes.
The play of the day was a crushing hit delivered by Jerry White, who separated Hikee Johnson from the ball as he attempted to haul in a pass from Bednarik. Johnson was understandably slow to get up after the play. Chris Henry and Adam Jones also had some interesting duels as they squared off during passing work.
The injury situation stayed about the same on Wednesday. The only apparent addition was tight end Josh Bailey, who sustained a hamstring pull. However, Bailey was able to return to action.
Out of practice again were wide receiver Dorrell Jalloh, offensive lineman Jake Figner, who sported a cast on his ankle, running back Bryan Wright (hip flexor), offensive lineman Mike Watson defensive back Antonio Lewis, wide receiver Eddie Jackson and defensive lineman Andrae Wright. Wide receiver Milo Austin was again allowed limited participation.
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Safety Vince Beamer apparently needed a change of medication that he had been taking to comabat a preseason internal condition. Blood tests didn't indicate any further problems and he could be back tomorrow.
On the down side, freshman wide receiver Brandon Tate has been feleld by the NCAA Clearinghouse, which has questioned a part of one of his tests. Tate has appealed the decision, but it could be some time before a ruling comes down. In the meantime, Tate will not be allowed to practice.
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Crews were working on the new message center boards above the stadium suites, and testing out some animation routines that will run on the boards.
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After another scuffle between linemen, head coach Rich Rodriguez was a bit puzzled. "I wonder what those guys are thinking hitting each other in the helmet," the Mountaineer mentor said with more than a bit of puzzlement.
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Practice concluded with 100 yard sprints - six for the seniors and eight for everyone else. After the running was done, the team belted out a spirited rendition of "Hail West Virginia".
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Anticipation is now building for the first day of full contact, in full pads, which is scheduled for Friday afternoon.