Fourth Spring Practice Report

A daylong downpour in north-central West Virginia moved the Mountaineer football team's fourth practice of the spring to the Caperton Indoor Facility on Monday afternoon.

"I hated coming in here, not because we don't have a beautiful facility, but because we can't scrimmage in here and we need to scrimmage," said head coach Rich Rodriguez.

That didn't deter the Mountaineers from making the best out of a bad situation though, as they practiced in shorts for the third time this spring, meeting an NCAA requirement along the way.

"We have to have three days in shorts for NCAA rules, so we got the third day in today. We're still doing a lot of teaching, but we'll go outside tomorrow," noted Rodriguez.

The drills were not much different than they were last week, with the exception of being held indoors. For most of practice the lines worked seperately from the rest of the team. The offensive line continued working on technique, while the d-line used a couple of big rings in an agility drill to get to the quarterback dummy.

In seven on seven drills, Dwayne Thompson continued to get a bulk of the snaps with the first string. Pat White also got a little bit of time in with the starters, but on Monday it was the backs and receivers who looked the best.

Rayshawn Bolden caught a long bomb from Thompson over a leaping Dee McCann. Younger players such as Tito Gonzalez and Dorrell Jalloh also had some nice plays today, particularly with running after the catch.

As has been the case in most offensive drills this spring, a lot of attention was paid to dumping the ball off to the fullbacks and tight ends, something that was a rarity the last couple of seasons.

"We've become more multiple in our formations the last year or so, and we have a lot of guys with good ball skills," explained the head coach.

The Mountaineers will more than likely practice tomorrow, even though it's supposed to be a day off.


The J.R. House watch could be starting up again. House, who was released by the Pittsburgh Pirates earlier this year, and has said that he might be interested in playing football again, was at WVU's practice on Monday, along with former assistant coach Scott Tinsley.

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Zach Amedro has been waiting for offers following his senior season, and has finally received a pair from 1-AA national champion James Madison as well as Appalachian State. He is weighing those offers against walking on at West Virginia, but could be leaning slightly toward ASU at this point.

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