June Opens Camp Season

West Virginia kicked off three weeks of football summer camp sessions with a one-day rising senior camp on Saturday at Mountaineer Field.

The session, which had almost 60 players in attendance, began in the morning with height and weight measurements, then moved to the field for agility drills. Players ran a cone drill that combined the five-ten-five yard shuttle with a figure eight L-drill, and also ran another that measured cutting ability in a number of different directions, including ninety and forty-five degree angles.

Also included in the agilities were runs through ladders and bags, as well as a hoop drill that measures players' abilities to run and turn at high speed.

Following approximately 25 minutes of testing, attendees then moved to individual drills, which lasted about 35 minutes. During this time, each player received individual attention from the Mountaineer coaching staff on a wide range of fundamentals.

The second half of the morning session was devoted to one-on-one competition. Quarterbacks threw passes to receivers against defensive backs, and also to running backs and tight ends matched up against linebackers and safeties.

The final twenty minutes was consumed by skeleton seven-on-seven work, with offensive and defensive linemen butting heads in one-on-one competition.

The afternoon session was basically a repeat of the morning, with individual, one-on-one and skeleton work covering 15 five-minute periods of action.


Wide receiver Chris Fulmer again proved almost uncoverable in one-on-one drills. Fulmer excels at breaking the jam at the line of scrimmage and creating space for himself in his pattern. Even when he doesn't get a lot of separation, he still often manages to catch the ball. WVU's coaching staff continues to evaluate him closely.

There's not a lot of room on the roster for another quarterback, but some good ones showed their stuff. Mychal Skinner, Josh Cousins and Tyler Huether all displayed live arms and good mechanics. (Be sure to check out video of Huether in today's Hot News!)

In addition to Fulmer, wide receivers Terrence McCrae and Brandon McLaughlin showed a nice bit of ability.

Offensive line, which will be the focal point of offensive recruiting this year with as many as four recruits, could be bolstered by one or more of the prospects on hand. In additon to Fayetteville's Josh Evans, who works tremendously hard on every drill, players such as Eric Rodemoyer, Joe LaSota, Jarrod Smith and Bobby Dugan all may get additional looks from the coaching staff in the coming weeks.

Tight end Nate Byham did not participate in the camp, but dropped by for an unofficial visit.

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