Monday Practice Notes

Pass work dominated the media hour of West Virginia's second practice on a humid, overcast day in Morgantown.

Again practicing in the stadium, the Mountaineer offense worked basic pass drills against the reserves, while the defense broke into units for the second straight day.

Quarterback Adam Bednarik continued to receive the majority of snaps as the sophomore - who missed all of spring drills after off-season shoulder surgery - works to catch-up to Pat White. J.R. House and Dwayne Thompson also operated against a base defense manned by the third and fourth team offensive reserves.

Jason Colson's receiving smoothness out of the backfield contrasted the power running of Pernell Williams and Jason Gwaltney. All three saw solid snap time.

The mid-range passing game was also exercised as Brandon Myles, Rayshawn Bolden, Vaughn Rivers and Joe Hunter caught passes. West Virginia did not try any deep balls, likely because House and Bednarik do not have full arm strength yet. However this could also be due to the fact that the installation of the passing game is just underway.

Spurs and bandits coach Bruce Tall worked his unit through zone pass defenses. Footwork, head location and back pedaling were big points of emphasis. The unit's communication was also tested as as garbage cans were set up to represent offensive linemen. The defenders then worked on recognizing the different formations and making the proper call to get into the correct defense.

Special teams were again an early focus. Kyle Chilton, a walk-on kicker from Clearwater, Fla., hit a 40-yard try. Pat McAfee drilled four of his five tries, missing a 40-yarder before hitting a 52-yard try. Holder George Shehl continually corrected and praised the kickers, helping to develop the extremely important relationship between the two.

McAfee also punted with senior Phil Brady and freshman Scott Kozlowski. Brady boomed a couple solid kicks, even after high snaps. McAfee's form doesn't match the other two, but the results are still good - long kicks with plenty of height on them.

Long snapper, an overlooked position manned by the dependable Scott Fleming for the past four seasons, should be a battle between defensive back Leyonne Price and tight ends Adam Hughes and Tim Lindsey. Price would give West Virginia added coverage speed, but it remains to be seen if he can handle giving up 50-plus pounds up front in blcoking.

More quarterback work followed the special teams practice. The signal-callers flipped short, quick passes to four stationary wideouts, then moved to throwing to moving targets.

Notes

Adam Serena was the lone Mountaineer in green (limited contact) practice jersey. The tight end still worked in punt coverage and basic offensive sets.

Bednarik looked solid in throwing mid-range passes. He showed a good release and ball-location point (shoulder-high, away from defenders) and flip of the hips. White threw with the most velocity, to be expected while the others work back to form.

DQ (Daily Quote): "If you're gonna hit the building, hit it between the goal post first." - Rich Rodriguez, after freshman placekicker Pat McAfee's 40-yard try sailed wide left and into the Puskar Center glass front.

McAfee's next attempt, a 52-yarder, was good.


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