Two-A-Day Finale

The Mountaineer football team completed the two-a-day portion of practice with a pair of sessions on Friday.

Passing work again dominated both sessions on Friday, which were very light on contact in anticipation of Saturday's full scrimmage. The morning session was conducted in shorts, and while the afternoon featured full pads, the hitting was limited.

The offense worked on a number of aspects of the passing game, while the defense countered with a good deal of blitz work. Formations with additional defensive backs also got a workout against the offense as work to solidify the two-deep rotation heads into its final preseason phase.

Phil Brady appeared to strengthen his grasp on the punting job, as he owns a bit of a consistency edge over his competitors. Brady also gets the ball away faster than anyone else on the Mountaineer squad - a key factor to the West Virginia coaching staff.

RIFLE REPORTS

Freshmen Darius Reynaud and Marcus Platt are already in Morgantown and are preparing for classes on Monday. They are expected to be joined by both Tyler Benoit and Brandon Barrett. An appeal is still underway for Barrett that would make him a partial qualifier and allow him to practice with the team.

Freshman wide receiver Brandon Tate is also still waiting to hear the ruling on his appeal of eligibility. Tate has not practiced since the first day of fall camp.

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A goal line challenge has been held at the end of every practice, with one offensive player trying to catch a pass against a defender. Those roles have been filled with coaches rather than players, much to the delight of the team, which gets a brief chance to hurl advice at their mentors for a few moments. In today's matchup, video coordinator Dusty Rutledge went down to defeat at the hands of his assistant, which will no doubt spark some trash talk in the video room at the Puskar Center. goal line cj=hallenge

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Chris Henry again had the play of the day, snaring a one-handed reception for a long gain depsite good coverage.

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Antonio Lewis and Larry Williams appear to be the top candidates for the backup positions at cornerback. Lewis has come on strong during the last few days of practice.

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Special teams units worked on both sides of onside kick situations during the day.

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The running back situation continues to be depressing. Kay Jay Harris and Bryan Wright were both again injured. Harris had ice applied to his knee, but later returned to drills. Wright took a hit that appeared to injure his leg. He had to be carted from the field and did not return. True freshman Alphonso Gross compounded the depth problem by leaving camp and returning home. Gross had been in line to avoid a redshirt after putting up excellent performances during the first two weeks of camp.

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Rasheed Marshall displayed the best defense against the hectoring of coaches - humor - during the break between practices.

"I went seven straight days without getting yelled at," the senior quarterback joked. "That's got to be a record. They should put that up on the record board beside the 40-yard dash times."


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